The internet has changed the world so much that it’s hard to imagine life without it.
Gone are the days of VHS tapes and cum-stained magazines. Nowadays, you can get wood and find a carpenter, all online. This, and much more, is just a few clicks away.
All kinds of adult sites are popping up left and right, so if you ever considered starting one yourself, now is the time. Thanks to open-source content management systems (WordPress, Joomla, etc.) and ready-made templates like PornX, creating an adult website is easier than ever.
But templates can only get you so far. If you want your erotic oasis to stand out in the hot desert of lewd content that is the adult entertainment industry, you’ll need a unique project, or at least some custom features.
If you’re wondering how to achieve that, we have three words for you: adult web developer(s).
With this guide, you’ll learn to:
- Prepare Your Search For an Adult Web Developer
- Define Your Needs
- Define Your Budget
- Determine Your Developer’s Skills
- Search For the Right Technologies
- Decide Between Freelancers and Agencies
- Search for an Adult Web Developer in the Right Places
- Apply Additional Tips for Hiring Adult Web Developers
- Get Started on Your Project
Prepare Your Search For an Adult Web Developer
The adult industry is a gift that keeps on giving. It’s given us iconic models, iconic scenes, and — just as importantly, if often overlooked — iconic websites.
Even people who are into porn as much as gay guys are into pussy know about Pornhub, OnlyFans, LiveJasmin, and the like. These sites have transcended the adult industry, becoming true landmarks of online culture.
These are the modern Mount Rushmore and Empire State Building, out in the digital world, for all to see. And the best part is that with a well-picked adult web developer (or web developers), you too can leave your mark on the world wide web.
To maximize your chances of success, be careful about who you hire, as replacing a developer down the line can be almost as big of a waste of time and money as replacing a spouse who got a bit too friendly with Tyrone.
Speaking of, it’s difficult to say whether it’s harder to find the right person to marry or to build a website. Web developers are in huge demand, and many are reluctant to work on adult sites, to begin with.
The top-shelf ones can easily find non-explicit projects that pay just as well, so unless they have an itch that only adult gigs can scratch, getting them to work on your website will be a long shot.
However, there’s no need to hit the panic button just yet. Hiring a great adult web developer will take some effort, but it doesn’t have to be a broke introverted nerd getting the lead cheerleader type of effort.
To make that search as easy as possible, let’s get acquainted with the different types of web developers.
Types of Web Developers
Web development refers to the work associated with creating and maintaining websites. It includes aspects such as web design, web programming, and database management.
There are three main types of web development: front-end, back-end, and full-stack development. And in the adult industry, both the front and back ends should be well developed, if you know what we mean.
Front-end developers’ coding skills are specialized for the client-facing portion of the website — everything that users are going to see and interact with.
Their work generally includes writing and structuring your website’s user area, applying the design to all website elements, optimizing the code to improve the website’s load speed, and ensuring that all front-facing features look and function in the intended way.
In short, they are responsible for the site’s look and feel.
Average hourly rate in the US: $57
Average yearly salary in the US: $105,251
A website’s behind-the-scenes functionality is referred to as the back-end. It combines technology and programming that powers a website, consisting of three parts that users never see: a server, applications, and a database.
Back-end developers establish your website’s complete functionality and structure, such as what features are available, how the data is stored, website performance, and other technical issues. Their skill stack includes one or more back-end technologies like PHP, Java, Node.js, Ruby on Rails, Python, and others.
An easy way to distinguish these two would be: the front-end is how it looks, and the back-end is how it works.
Average hourly rate in the US: $50
Average yearly salary in the US: $95,453
Full-stack developers are jacks of all trades who work on both front-end and back-end development processes. They apply the website’s design while also handling server-side architecture and application logic, developing well-functioning databases, and optimizing the website for responsiveness and efficiency.
While their knowledge and skill sets are broad, they are often limited by time, as they will be working on both parts of your website within the same deadline. Despite often being more expensive, they require less coordination, which will help you avoid communication issues.
Consequently, going with one of these can speed up the website development process and actually save you money.
Average hourly rate in the US: $61-$80
Average yearly salary in the US: $113,181
Define Your Needs
Before you start looking for an adult web developer, you should figure out why you need one in the first place. What do you want them to do for you?
Do you want to make design changes to an existing website or wish to add new features to it? Perhaps you need a complete site revamp, or even an entire website built from the ground up?
If you’re looking to produce a website from scratch, start by defining the type of site you wish to create. An adult blog, a sex toy shop, and a porn tube site are three very different projects, with different developer requirements.
The best way to avoid potentially costly and time-consuming misunderstandings is to provide your adult web developer with a detailed explanation, or better yet, examples of websites with features or design elements that you want yours to include.
Your developer should then take all that into consideration and propose a practical plan for applying it.
Define Your Budget
Budget talks are like prostate exams — few enjoy them, but it’s best to have them. By providing your developer with a budget estimate, you’ll help them come up with the best possible plan to go about your adult web development project.
But if your budget is tighter than a co-ed’s ass, we suggest not hiring a developer and going with an adult theme or script, instead. These are ready-made, fully customizable websites that can be yours for a humble investment and within little time.
So, how much do these experts cost?
An average web developer earns $67,85 per hour, but most of them will avoid dealing with adult content like it’s a single mom of three. That means that they’ll need some extra incentive to get freaky.
So, in practice, you can expect to pay anywhere between $80 and $100 for an adult web developer.
Keep in mind that these hourly rates will add up over an extended work period, so don’t get lulled in by the small initial difference. If you’re starting a long project such as building a site from scratch, your expenses can easily end up in the high thousands of dollars.
That might not be enough for Drake to go on a date, but it’ll be a sizable expenditure for most.
Total Up The Budget
While no one wants to spend more than they have to, a pricier developer doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad investment. If someone is truly worth their $100/hour cost, you can rest assured that they’ll do their job much better than their $20/hour colleagues.
That being said, overpriced developers are certainly out there, and telling the difference between them and the real deal is always a challenge. Luckily, the cheat code is right here, as Vicetemple provides affordable yet reliable web development services.
No matter how you go about hiring your adult web developer, you should do the following. First, you talk with your guy (or gal) and discuss the budget size. Second, you reach an agreement on how to handle payment, with the two most common arrangements being:
- Paying per hour
- Paying per project
Paying per Hour vs Paying per Project
Paying per Hour
Billing or paying by the hour is as straightforward and commonplace as it gets. With this sort of arrangement, you’ll need to be more hands-on and stay in constant communication with your developer(s), as you’ll be getting updates on the project, which you’ll generally need to address.
To avoid having a 50-hour project turn into a 75-hour one, you shouldn’t leave the people you’re paying by the hour unsupervised. Of course, you can’t be everywhere at once, so you’ll need a reliable and workplace-suitable tracking system, such as Time Doctor.
While active, the software will record all the work done and the time it took to do it. We suggest that your developers track their time by project or task, and send you periodic (weekly or monthly) reports. That way, you can be sure that there won’t be any funny business, and you’ll know exactly what you’re paying for.
Another good thing about this arrangement is the fact that, since you’ll be getting frequent updates, you’ll be able to request changes on the spot. Therefore, you’ll want to go for this payment method when you’re not exactly sure about how much work you will require, or how long the process will take.
Paying per Project
As Confucius once said: “Blow your load, not your budget.” Okay, there’s a good chance that he didn’t actually say that, but it’s still solid advice.
So, if you want to make sure that you don’t go over budget, you’re 100% certain of what you want, and have a clear picture of the project’s size and requirements, then this is the right pricing mechanism for you.
This model, however, requires a clear goal and plan, set deadlines, and knowledge on the pricing conventions for what you need done. Therefore, it’s not ideal for your first (or second) rodeo.
Cheat Sheet for Picking Your Adult Web Developer
Unlike the age-old tits vs ass conundrum, this choice could have some costly consequences. To help you avoid those consequences, we’ve prepared some quick pointers:
- If you’re working on a small project (expected to take up to a week to develop) with an experienced adult web developer, you’ll want to go with hourly pay.
- In contrast, if you’re having an inexperienced adult web developer work on a small project, we suggest a fixed price.
- Finally, large projects will always benefit from a fixed price, assuming that you can handle the required planning to pull it off.
Experienced developers will work faster and make fewer mistakes in the process. They won’t be going back and forth a lot, thus saving time, which often makes hourly pay the cheaper option.
Inexperienced developers will understandably make more mistakes compared to their more experienced colleagues. With more mistakes comes the need for more revisions and corrections, which usually means more work hours, so with them, it’ll be better to have a fixed fee from the beginning.
Determine Your Developer’s Skills
Because not all websites are meant to do the same thing, top-shelf developers’ range of technical skills is greater and more diverse than Johnny Sins’ work portfolio.
Despite that fact, most developers will possess certain common skills and qualifications, as that is what many clients will be looking for. Understanding those skills and qualifications — and when and what they are used for — will make finding the best-fit candidate(s) for your project a lot easier.
To help you with your search, we’ll go over the necessary and welcome skills for both front and back-end developers. Full-stack devs have combinations of the very same skills, so we won’t be going into detail about them.
A good front-end developer will have the following:
- Experience in website planning and development, or more specifically, in web user interface (UI) development
Preferably, they will also have a working knowledge of web applications and web services (including APIs, which we’ll explain later).
If they also know their way around content management systems (such as WordPress), have experience with preprocessor languages, and are familiar with website templates, not only do you want to hire them, but you may also consider taking them home with you.
Back-end developers will need to check the following boxes:
- Experience in website planning and development
- Proficiency in a prominent back-end language
- Working knowledge of web applications and services.
Seasoned back-end developers (your Angela Whites, to keep up with the porn angle) will also have working experience in both Windows and Linux environments. They will know their way around eCommerce and website hosting, have some mileage in a project coordination role, and familiarity with web development workflows.
It should also be noted that the skills you’ll require from developers will heavily depend on your chosen technology stack. Speaking of those…
Search For the Right Technologies
Similarly to condoms, there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to know-how. Depending on your plans for your website, you’ll need to choose a specific technology stack, server-side language, and other worthwhile factors.
Disclaimer: Please note that while each stack and technology has its advantages, for most small to mid-sized websites, that choice shouldn’t matter too much. In these cases, it’ll be like choosing between latex, polyurethane, and polyisoprene — any will work. As long as a developer has the skills to create what you require at an acceptable cost, there is no reason for their preferred tech to impact your hiring decision.
Again, if you’re hesitant about something or have any tech-related questions, feel free to reach out to our support team over live chat. They stand ready to help you with anything that might concern you at any time and at no charge.
What are technology stacks? Simply put, they are collections of programming languages, services, software, and practices used to create a website or application. Given that development is no longer a new art, several noteworthy technology stacks have popped up over the years, each with its own strengths.
So, let’s shed light on the most popular ones — the Fantastic Four of tech stacks, if you will — as well as where they stand out.
If you’re running on a budget but wish to build one of the previously mentioned examples, MEVN is a lightweight solution that typically gives a solid performance.
Server-side scripting is done on your web server, and is the backbone of every functional application. Unlike essential oils, it really is essential, as it is used for efficient storage and delivery of information, a customized user experience, and controlled access to your content.
Therefore, almost every feature that you come into contact with on a website stems from the server side (also known as the back-end). To make that system work for you, you’ll need a back-end developer who can speak one of its many languages.
So, above we had the Fantastic Four, but here it’s a bit more crowded. These are the most popular server-side choices on the current market.
An all-in-one programming language, popular due to its simplicity and scalability. It’s ideal for real-time applications like messaging, audio and video streaming platforms, and apps relying on scalability — the ability to withstand high peak loads.
Nearly 80% of all websites rely on PHP to some degree. It is a versatile multi-purpose language that’s easy to use and implement.
Simplicity, flexibility, great database support, cheaper hosting services, and a large choice of available specialists make it a great choice for new projects that revolve around content and products.
Ruby (and its Ruby on Rails framework) allows quick and easy web app development, making it a great choice for startups. It is ideal for e-commerce, content sites, social networks, and fintech.
Last in our top five is Java; a versatile programming language ideal for high-performance enterprise systems, Android applications, and high-traffic websites. Although not as prevalent in the adult industry as our previous recommendations, Java is still a force to be reckoned with.
Because certain web development practices are applicable to any technology stack or programming language, we will outline some of them below. That way, you’ll find it easier to look for the right stack or language competence in your adult web developer(s).
If women’s magazines have taught us anything, it’s that good communication is key in everything. That is why APIs — ways for computer programs to talk to each other — are used in almost all modern software, websites, mobile apps, and video games.
While an API is handy and opens up doors for your app or site, it can also get expensive. That being said, you should build an API in the following cases:
- If you want to create a mobile or desktop app after launching your website
- If you have a data-heavy website
- When you want to access the same data in different ways or places
- When you wish to give customers limited access to the data outside of your website
Two different API protocols exist, each with its own strengths:
- REST — a great web API solution if you have limited bandwidth and resources, or if the project is intended for a large number of users;
- SOAP — the right web API choice if your application requires a guaranteed level of reliability and security (for instance, with projects where you have to enter into formal contracts with users, or if you’re offering online services).
Fortunately, nothing stops you from applying both to your website if you want to build a big, throbbing project. As always, though, you’ll want to keep your budget constraints in mind and discuss these approaches with your adult web developer.
AJAX is a quick and simple solution if you’re looking to create fast and dynamic web pages. This universal approach will let you make useful features such as infinite scrolling and the ability to submit a form without requiring a refresh, and you’ll generally want your web dev to be familiar with it.
Decide Between Freelancers and Agencies
If you need a developer for a one-off job, a freelancer will often be a good enough choice. And if it turns out that the project needs changing later on, you’ll always be able to re-hire them to implement those modifications.
Either way, after you both agree on the time frame, price, and delivery, they will create your website, and you will take over from there. But if you want to ensure the best for your pride and joy (in this case, your website), you’ll bring in the certified pros — a full-time web development agency.
While an agency is admittedly the more expensive of the two options due to keeping multiple specialists on its payroll, the presence of those specialists leads to a long list of advantages:
- An agency’s developers will have been screened in advance, as the agency will only work with tried-and-true experts, and with whom it has a stable working relationship. That means that the developers they assign to your project will be just as competent as advertised, as the agency’s reputation will be on the line with each job they take.
- If it turns out that your project requires more work at any stage during its development, an agency will be able to scale up by assigning more developers. In practice, you won’t have to screen and hire additional experts each time you need an extra pair of hands.
- An agency will typically employ its own quality assurance team, which will go over the web developers’ work, clean it of any bugs, and make sure that the end result is as stable and functional as possible.
- Because an agency employs a number of people, it will be able to solve a wider range of problems than a freelancer, or even a team of freelancers. Each person in your assigned team is a potential solution to any problem that the team may end up facing.
In conclusion, a freelance adult web developer is a decent starting point, but is that enough? Decent doesn’t win awards, cause orgasms, or even stick around in memories.
If you want to amaze, nothing less than the best will do — and in these cases, the best tends to come with an agency.
Search for an Adult Web Developer in the Right Places
Freelance Adult Web Developer
Not unlike Instagram models, freelance web devs are everywhere these days. Given that you’re no Middle Eastern royalty, though, you won’t be able to just take your pick right from the cream of the crop.
To get your money’s worth, you’ll instead want to hire from a reputable source and go through a selection process. For doing so, we suggest the five websites below.
However, you should keep in mind that most of them (with the exception of PeoplePerHour) do not officially allow adult work. To get around that bump in the road, you should make your job ads a little bit more discreet, and only reveal the details to the candidates who pass the initial screening round.
For instance, instead of “adult web development,” you could describe the service you require as just “web development.” Then, once you get the first wave of promising candidates, you can reveal to them exactly what you’ll need done.
If you’re looking for a WordPress dev, Codeable is the best possible place to find one. This goes double if you need eCommerce development with WooCommerce (the most popular shopping cart plugin on the market).
Unlike some other platforms, Codeable has a built-in system for determining the rate for your posted job. Namely, once you post a job ad, freelancers will apply, and the website will generate a price based on the average of their bids.
This is done to ensure that you won’t have to walk that tightrope between quality and cost. Instead, you’ll be able to focus on competence above all else.
Codeable provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee, escrow service, and support — all for a 17.5% fee. All freelancers have to pass an interview and a past work evaluation, which serves as additional assurance.
Here we have a freelance hiring website that sets its standards high, and not only when it comes to coding. Toptal also thoroughly reviews potential members’ communication skills, professionalism, and English proficiency.
Only 3% of applicants get hired, proving that you’ll be getting only the top talent (hence the name, by the way). There are no public records of their fees, but premium talent entails premium prices, so if you’re not willing to spend around $10k or so, we suggest that you keep looking — or just go with an agency.
But if your budget reaches those five figures, you’ll have access to cream of the crop devs who will be proficient in any and all programming languages, a dedicated manager who will assist you in finding the right talent, and a risk-free trial period for you to work with and test out that talent.
Upwork is perhaps the most popular platform of its type, boasting an immense talent pool. Everybody goes through preliminary screening, but only a small percentage ends up vetted by experts and gets the ”expert-vetted” badge.
The platform offers three ways of hiring.
Your first option is to use the Talent Marketplace to post jobs for all freelancers to see. Interested parties will then send you bids.
Next, you can view Project Catalogs that freelancers have posted. They will include product descriptions, pricing, and other relevant details. It’s fast and easy, but only really works with small, general tasks.
Your third option is the Talent Scout. To use it, you’ll need to send your request to Upwork’s recruiters. When they receive it, they’ll do the screening and present you with a list of the most suitable candidates for the job.
Depending on various factors, pricing greatly varies across the platform, but you can typically hire a web developer for as low as $10 per hour. If you want assistance from an account manager with said hiring, or want your posts to garner more attention, you might want to look into Upwork Plus.
PPH is similar to Upwork and focuses on the European market.
The main difference between them is PeoplePerHour’s artificial intelligence framework. That framework goes through their entire talent pool, finds the candidates most suited for the job, and contacts them for you once you’ve posted a project.
Those prospects will then check out the project, and reach out to you with their proposals if they are interested. If and when you reach an agreement, you will have to pay a deposit before the freelancer can start working.
The rest of the fees are to be paid after the project is completed.
You also have the option of directly searching for freelancers and contacting them yourself. You can view candidates’ profiles, portfolios, etc., and filter them to best fit your requirements. This feature is also present on other platforms.
However, what’s also present elsewhere but absent from here is the expert verification process. As a result, the platform’s filter isn’t as tight as it probably should be.
Fiverr is one of the biggest freelance platforms on the market. Having started as a less prestigious “will work for money” brand, they have since expanded their roster of specialists to rival the likes of Upwork.
This means that Fiverr has three active job submarkets.
For starters, the Fiverr Marketplace is where you can find the largest number of freelancers for a wide range of jobs. These freelancers outline each project, pricing, and other relevant details. You can check out each of these outlines and customer reviews to find the best option for what you need done.
Sadly, most freelancers on the marketplace won’t have gone through rigorous checkups by experts in their fields. That’s where Fiverr Pro comes in, listing only the top-shelf, professionally approved candidates, who have worked hard for their Pro badges, and expect to cash in on that hard work.
Finally, Fiverr Business is meant to connect larger businesses with the most ambitious of freelancers. Given that it requires a yearly membership to access ($149 as of this moment), you may want to just go with an agency, instead.
Adult Web Development Agency
If the amount of work that will have to be done on your website is anywhere near the amount of work Pixee Fox had on her body, then going with an adult web development agency is the best approach.
It’ll grant you the following perks:
- Agencies generally employ a number of experts, thus providing their customers with the best possible results
- They will be more organized and better at meeting deadlines than a freelancer, or even several freelancers
- If it turns out that you need more work done than expected, they can easily expand the team working on your project by assigning additional members
You should keep in mind, however, that an agency’s upsides are often offset by its higher price when compared to that of a freelancer. However, if you choose the right agency, you can get a complete, professional service package without having to sell a testicle.
Speaking of the right agency, Vicetemple offers complete makeovers for outdated websites, social media retooling, branding, logo design, adult hosting, and adult SEO services. On top of all that, we can build you a complete website from scratch, including web development and web design services.
Additional Tips for Hiring Adult Web Developers
Determine Your Compatibility
This is an important factor for the success of any relationship; some more than others.
When you hire a web developer, you’re not just bringing in an employee, but also a partner, who will likely be part of your business for many years (assuming that you’re happy with their services).
Ask for References and Work Samples
Despite what we said about building relationships above, you should think of interviewing developers as the total opposite of meeting your future wife.
You’ll want to ask for references, letters of recommendation, and examples of their past work. If they can’t provide any, you’ll probably want to keep looking.
Determine How Much Support You Will Need
Even a seemingly perfect website will still require occasional updates.
If your project is realized exactly the way you envisioned, it’s still possible that you will want additional tweaks due to changing trends or a simple oversight.
Any good developer will provide you with the tools and know-how to make those smaller updates (such as new pages and articles) on your own. And when you need new features added or major changes implemented, they will step in to do the heavy lifting you require.
Make Sure That Your Developer is Detail-Oriented
Attention to detail may not be a quality you want in a spouse, but you’ll definitely want it in your adult web developer, as a single oversight or bad line of code could potentially bring your whole future website down.
One way to determine a developer’s attention to detail would be to take note of how they express themselves during an interview. If they are talking in-depth, that’s usually a good sign.
Another way to do it is to request that they complete a test assignment. However, you should keep in mind that higher-end developers often won’t be open to one of those.
Hire Slow, Fire Fast
Treat the hiring process like foreplay and take your time, but if you realize that the person you brought on isn’t working out, let them go as fast as you can.
An ineffective adult web developer can be disruptive to the whole team, and potentially the entire project.
Establish Proper Communication
As we already mentioned, communication is key, so make sure that you can find a common language with your potential developer(s) — literally and figuratively. You should put an emphasis on avoiding misunderstandings, or they will cost you both time and money.
To ensure an uninterrupted line of communication, check if they are available on multiple channels (phone, e-mail, Skype, etc.), and ask about their usual response times there.
Have Everything in Writing
No matter how trustworthy your adult web developer seems, you’ll absolutely want them to sign an NDA and work contract. Think of these as your prenup; it may seem rude to request it, but you’ll be thankful for those signatures in the future.
The NDA will ensure that your adult web developer won’t be able to share your secrets with your competition — or anyone else, for that matter. The work contract will simply establish some ground rules about your working arrangement, and help avoid any conflicts of interest further down the line.
If you need help with drafting one of these — or have any other questions — feel free to reach out to our support team.
Get Started On Your Project
Once you’ve found an adult web developer you’d like to work with, it’s time to get started with turning your wet dream into a monetized reality. That transformation will be made even easier with the following steps:
- Organize a meeting — Talk to the adult web developer, preferably via video call, to get some face-to-face time. Go through the project from start to finish, address their questions or any potential problems that they may point out, and ask for their advice.
- Set goals — It’s always good to set smaller goals, especially for larger projects. That way, you’ll be able to review what’s happening in real time instead of just checking the finished product (and its potential problems) at the end of the deadline.
- Agree on a payment method — Work out a payment-handling method that works for everyone.
- Pay the deposit — This act, like a promise ring of sorts, signifies that both parties are committed. The adult web developer should start working on the project at that point.
- Follow up with goals — Review every agreed-upon goal. Release payments only when you are satisfied with what you see, not before.
- Do a final check — Once the work is done, do a final audit. Ensure that you get all the necessary admin access rights to the website, and change them once you no longer need the developer(s) to work on it. Pay the remaining fee once you give the final approval.
- Schedule regular backups — Create a local backup of the finished site, and schedule subsequent backups from that point on. That way, you will avoid potential data loss in cases such as hacking, malware, or plain bad luck.
- Agree on a warranty period — Setting a warranty period will ensure that the developer(s) will continue fixing any minor issues that you might have initially overlooked, so that you won’t have to re-hire them for small tweaks or simple quality control.
Whether you go with a freelancer, several freelancers, or a web development agency, once your site is finished, your adult web developer(s) will hand you the key. After that, it will be up to you to take your new project to the stars and beyond.
Or if, for whatever reason, you can’t put in the necessary time and energy into managing a website, you can hire a service to do it in your stead. For instance, Vicetemple offers website management services at an accessible cost.
With us running the show, all you’ll have to do is lie back and enjoy the ride.