How to choose the right Web Developer for your business

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Price is what you pay, value is what you get.

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1. Can I see examples of your work?

If you are hiring an experienced web developer it is important to be able to see examples of their work. They should have a portfolio or a business website that you can view to learn more about them, what they can offer, and examples of work. This will give you an idea if they will be able to accommodate your business needs.

2. How much do you charge?

Of course, the cost is extremely important. When you are in the market for a web developer you are going compare pricing. Be sure that you are getting the best value for the price.

3. What services are included in the pricing?

Be sure that you clearly understand what services the Web Developer is offering. You do not want any unexpected costs later.

4. How will I pay you?

Determine the accepted methods of payment. Some Web Developers only accept cash and not card. Some may accept card payments. Some developers may also require some sort of payment up front. Be sure you know in advance.

5. How long will it take you to build my website?

You may or may not be in a hurry for your website to be completed. But you should always ask how long they will take to complete the project. This will give you an idea of when to expect your site to be live and when to begin directing customers to it. You do not want to hire a web developer without a project end date because there is no accountability.

6. Will I be able to manage and update my website at any point without contacting you if I wish?

For some people, they do not want to continue to pay someone to manage and make minor changes to their website. They would prefer to do it themselves. If that is important to you, be sure to discuss this with your developer. If your website is being coded chances are you will not be able to manage your site on your own unless you have a knowledge of coding. This will also give the developer an idea of how they need to build your website.

7. Will my website be responsive?

Responsive design is extremely important. Make sure that your developer is able to assure your website will be responsive across all devices and browsers.

8. Will my website be search engine friendly?

Everyone wants to be at the top of Google. But without the necessary requirements, this will not happen. Make sure that your developer has the knowledge of SEO and will able to effectively accumulate it into your site.

9. Do you custom design websites or use pre-made templates?

Some developers use templates as well and customize them to meet client needs. There is nothing wrong with this as long as your developer has the knowledge to customize without restriction and will be able to build a site pleasing to you.

10. How will I be able to view site traffic and bounce rate?

Your developer should include something such as Google Analytics for your website. This is where you are able to view your site statistics. You can view page views, bounce rates, times your site is being visited, what devices are being used, etc. Without such a program you will not be able to manage your site statistics.

11. What happens if I do not like the initial design?

If you are hiring a Web Developer, you want to be sure your website is going to turn out how you wish. But you may not know exactly how you want your website and may leave this up to your developer’s discretion. If that is the case, you may not always likes something they put on your site. You want to make sure you developer will work with you and guarantee your satisfaction without additional charge.

12. What do you need from me in order to get started? How much involvement will be required from me throughout the project?

Although you may hire a developer it does not mean that your involvement is eliminated. You will need to spend time preparing the information that you would like on your site, pictures, layout, etc. How much is required varies on each individual project. This information will be determined by you and your developer.

13. Do you use a content management system (CMS)? If so, which one do you use?

Majority of websites these days are built using a content management system (CMS) such as Wordpress. When developers use Wordpress it gives you the ability to make minor future changes. You will have the ability of updating wording and other information as well as pictures without needing your developers help.

14. Will I be able to view my website as you are creating it?

Some developers will put the website live periodically for you to view as they are building your site. This is a way for you to view and request changes to be made before the final project is completed.

15. Do you offer web hosting?

Some developers will include web hosting in their price. But others will require you to purchase your own hosting. Web hosting is what hosts your domain name to make your website live. This is a plan that you pay for monthly or yearly.