How To Pick Your Web Developer
How do you pick your first web developer? When you know next to nothing about web development other than the fact that you need a website, it's difficult to make a decision about who you should hire. In order to know if a developer is a good fit for your project, you need to ask questions. But what do you ask? How do you know if a developer is going to yield results for you? Here's a few things to consider in order to find out who would be a good fit for you.
Thinking About What You Need
Before you even start thinking about hiring a web developer, you need to understand what your needs are. If you need an online store, for example, you need to ensure that your web developer is capable of building a website on an e-commerce based platform. You might benefit from hiring a digital marketing agency with graphic design and photography services, if you are making a product oriented website with a specific design to match your brand. If you need your website to be accessible, then you need to hire someone who are aware of what accessibility means in the world of web. Once you understand your needs, you can then make a more educated decision on which development firm you would hire. Then, you can identify a web development firm that have worked with other businesses/organizations that is similar to yours.
Asking The Right Questions
Before setting up a meeting with a developer, it's worth thinking about what features you need for your business, and compile a list of questions like "can you make me a ticket booking system?", and "how do you make your website accessible?". Writing these questions down will not only prepare you to interview your potential web developer, but also gets you thinking about what other features you might need in a website. This is going to make your life, as well as your developer's life much easier, as you get a clearer sense of what you need right at the beginning of the development. Things often get complicated when your features need to be changed during development. You might have to pay an increased fee due to delays.
Once you have your list of questions, ask your developer how they plan on delivering the features you need. They may not be able to give you a comprehensive list of how they might build your website right away, but you would still get a sense of how experienced they are at solving the problems you have. If they have no idea whatsoever about how to implement a feature, it is not a cause of writing them off as being incompetent - but you might want to shop around and see if another developer has experience building similar features. When you're investing a lot of money into web development, it's worthwhile making sure that you have the best developer for the job. Make sure you interview your developer and get them to understand what your needs are.
Ask About Their Services
Some developers offer maintenance packages in the form of a subscription fee, and others offer maintenance when you need it. Some firms will take hostage of your website (i.e. will not allow other developers to work on your website). When you talk to a development firm, ask about their services and find out how they would work with you even after you finish your initial contract with them. From experience, I would avoid firms that take hostage of your website (unless they have a very good reason for doing so). Sometimes, relationships go sour, and you don't want to lose privilege to use your website that you paid money for.
Final Thoughts On How To Pick Your Web Developer
If you've never worked with web developers before, it is extremely daunting to find the right developer for you. Thinking about what you need from a website is key to finding a developer that is the right fit for you. Don't go blindly into hiring a developer without knowing what you need, because this is a big investment. You want to make sure that you get the chance to interview them, and understand how they would work with you to provide the right solution for you.