Whether you’re starting out in business, or refreshing your website, you need to give some thought to who will develop and maintain it. Before you hire web developers, here are some things to look out for:
They listen to your ideas
You’re a specialist in your industry. You know what you’re selling, and you have some idea of how you need to present it to your potential customers. If a web developer doesn’t listen to your ideas, then you probably don’t want to work with them. You need to work with someone who will be able to put your ideas into action, not create their pet project.
They have ideas of their own
While it’s important for your web developer to listen to you, they are specialists in their industry. If a web developer says yes to everything you say and create a replica of what you asked for, you didn’t hire the right designer. Your designer should be able to bring fresh new ideas to the table.
They can market your website
Your website may look great, but it’s not going to be of any worth without some marketing. Anytime a web developing agency consists of designers, developers and a marketing department, you can be sure that you will be satisfied with the end result.
They design responsive websites
Responsive design is not a trend. It’s the best way to design a website currently. If your web developer isn’t clued up on responsive design, they are probably not the right match for you. As smartphone and tablet usage continues to expand, you have to ensure your website is optimised for every device. The right developer will get you there.
They have a portfolio
The best way to see if a web developer knows their business is to look at the work they’ve done. Take time to look through their portfolio, and if you don’t see anything you like, they probably won’t be a good fit.
They’ve been around for a while
Hiring a fly-by-night web designer that won’t exist in a year, is a bad idea. You want a company that’s been around for a while. The more experience the web developer has, the more they’ve had to adapt to new design trends over time. This will make them more likely to exist next year still to provide support for your website.
They have experience in various industries
If a designer only has experience in one industry, chances are you’ll end up with a cookie cutter website. A web developer that works with a variety of industries will more than likely create a unique website which will also reach a larger audience. To get more business, you need to stand out from your competitors.
Finding the right web developer can be a challenging task as a business owner, but once you find a good match, your job becomes a lot easier.