TL; DR: DevriX is a WordPress development agency that leverages the technical expertise of a multisite contributor network to build and maintain enterprise-grade platforms. The organization, founded in 2010, is powered by a distributed staff of highly motivated developers, designers, system engineers, and marketing professionals working to solve business-related problems. Through ongoing workshops and internal coaching opportunities, DevriX is ensuring it can provide top-notch WordPress development services for decades to come.
If you had any doubt that we’ve reached the age of the Jetsons, consider this: Telesurgery, a remote procedure in which a surgeon controls robotic arms to operate on a patient in a distant physical location, is now a reality.
And if doctors can save lives remotely, Mario Peshev, Founder & CEO of DevriX, told us that savvy tech agencies should have no problem helping businesses thrive in the same manner. That’s why he and Co-Founder Stanko Metodiev started DevriX in 2010.
“We tried to challenge the course the industry was taking, which was essentially a lack of flexible and remote working opportunities, while also bringing added value in terms of enterprise-grade expertise for WordPress,” Mario said. “Nearly a decade later, we are still fostering technical talent to solve business-related problems.”
DevriX is now an established technical WordPress development agency leveraging a large multisite network of expertise to build and maintain enterprise-grade solutions for clients worldwide.
The team works closely with businesses to promote growth through technical improvements tailored to individual specifications. This results-driven approach to WordPress development ensures that clients can improve user experiences while optimizing conversion rates.
In sticking with the company’s original mission, DevriX’s distributed staff is made up of highly motivated developers, designers, systems engineers, and marketing professionals who consistently sharpen their skills through ongoing workshops and internal coaching opportunities. In this way, DevriX is ensuring that it can provide innovative, high-quality services for decades to come.
Building and Maintaining High-Scale WordPress Platforms
Building a reliable, scalable online platform or SaaS solution on WordPress is rarely a one-time service, Mario said. DevriX’s goal is for its WordPress contributors to provide businesses with a full technical stack of solutions that ultimately spur growth.
For that reason, Mario said approximately 90% to 95% of customers hire the DevriX team to provide long-term development, consulting, and support on a monthly basis through the company’s WordPress Development Retainer plan. The retainer covers a range of services, including (but not limited to) code development, issue tracking, software development, source control, and project management.
Ultimately, DevriX’s goal is to understand each customer’s business model and technical infrastructure, build the right solution accordingly, and continually introduce new features while optimizing the platform for speed, security, and usability.
“We are a technical partner for businesses, but every service is centered on return on investment,” Mario said. “If we don’t see an opportunity to contribute to the bottom line during presales conversations, we won’t be working with the customer in the first place.”
From a moral perspective, the company vows always to propose the best option for the customer, even if that means recommending a competitor’s company, product, or platform. Mario said that technique has paid off, as the company still works with the first client to sign a WordPress Development Retainer contract five years ago.
“We want the customer to be as profitable as possible thanks to our efforts, no matter what,” he said. “This is how we retain clients and why they keep sending work our way.”
Leveraging Multisite Network Expertise from Seasoned Contributors
Mario believes the only way to build ongoing business relationships with customers is to have a transparent internal management policy — and he is happy to share the secrets behind the company’s success.
To that end, he said DevriX’s remote culture allows the company to work with motivated talent across the globe who are driven to use their skill sets to develop internal and external products. The team’s flexible work schedule also preserves the staff’s energy and creativity.
The company employs a wide range of talent, including nine WordPress Core Contributors. “Our skills are top-notch,” Mario said. “In terms of WordPress, we have solved quite a lot of problems in a diverse set of industries, from enterprises to banks and automotive companies. We’ve also helped many businesses scale.”
DevriX prioritizes retention and aims to keep every employee on board for a minimum of four years, during which they will receive ample opportunities to develop their skills.
“It’s our mission to work with each of them individually on their career plans, providing regular feedback and chances to advance from, say, junior to senior developer, or team lead or technical manager,” Mario said. “We’re always looking to encourage personal growth.”
A Distributed Staff of Motivated People Who are Eager to Learn
A self-described “learnaholic,” Mario served as a developer for 12 years before starting DevriX. Over the years, he has contributed to several versions of the WordPress core, conducted more than 100 theme reviews for the WordPress.org Theme Directory, and provided dozens of plugins and pull requests. Mario is also Co-Organizer of WordCamp Sofia and WordCamp Europe and leads the WordPress Bulgaria meetup group.
Over the years, Mario has leveraged his previous WordPress experience to lead DevriX from both a technical and business perspective. His background has also inspired him to focus on giving back to the open-source WordPress community as part of the company’s ethos.
“I believe in developing myself as an individual and professionally every single day of the week, and that’s something I believe is being carried over to the rest of the team,” he said.
DevriX team members frequently attend WordPress and industry conferences, where they share the expertise and experiences they’ve acquired after six years in the business. The company also provides several business success guides geared toward business owners, WordPress marketers, and WordPress developers.
DevriX’s focus on education also extends to its talent acquisition approach, specifically when asking strategic questions to determine whether a candidate is suited for the team’s education-driven culture. Mario said he frequently asks interviewees whether they take professional development courses, broaden their horizons through hobbies, or read books regularly.
“We want to make sure that the people we hire are always hungry for new knowledge, skills, and opportunities to develop themselves as professionals,” he said.
Workshops and Partnerships for Internal Training
The company is also working with established influencers in the community to identify emerging trends and technologies. Mario said he plans to invest in research and development to help the company stay on the cutting edge in terms of the products that businesses will likely use two or three years down the road.
“Our competition is fierce, but we try to make it interesting to keep our people and our clients happy and potentially grow over time,” he said.