For the majority of us whether we are looking to create a new website or refresh the image of our existing website we will seek the help of a web developer. Designing and developing a website is not an easy task and with an average website’s lifespan lasting approximately three to five years it is important that you find a web developer that is right for you and your business. Here are some things to think about when it comes to choosing a web developer to avoid any costly expenses further down the line.
You will want to choose a web developer that has plenty of experience; you don’t want to end up being their guinea pig! Take a look at their website advertising their business, if they are going to be developing yours then you would expect for them to have an exceptional fully functioning website themselves. In addition to this take a look at their case studies. Do they have examples and evidence of working with similar businesses to yours? If you are a multinational business and have a global brand it is unlikely that a one man band Web Design Company that only has experience with dealing with local businesses is going to be capable of fulfilling your businesses demands.
Do they offer a 100% design satisfaction guarantee? What if the initial website they design is not quite what you expected? Do you want the font size or colour to be changed or perhaps you have an extra image that you want to add in. These little changes can become a costly experience. At WNW Design we offer a 100% design satisfaction in which the design is amended to your exact specification.
Consider the team that you will be working with. If you enter a business deal with just one person then what happens when they become really busy or go on holiday? Having a team working with a developer is very important, what if any problems arise? You want to be able to get in touch with someone that will be able to assist you. You will also need to consider what happens when your website has been developed? How will it become noticed? How do you make it appear in top search engine listings? Etc. There is no point in having a brand new website that is not going to be found by anyone. Find out if the developer has a team that will be able to assist you with other important aspects like Marketing and Search Engine Optimisation once your website has been developed.
Don’t be afraid to ask your developer questions, ask how long you can expect the project to take. Find out exactly what is included in your service. Are there any additional services that can be purchased? Where will the website be hosted? How will payment be made? These are just some of the questions you should definitely ask your web developer before you agree to anything. They should be able to provide you with clear and informative answers to any questions you might have. If they don’t then alarm bells should start ringing in your head and you should consider looking elsewhere.
Be confident in your choice of Web Developer that they are able to meet the demands of your visions for your website so that you are not disappointed when you are presented with the finished product.