Whether redesigning your website, launching a new brand or building a brand new website, hiring the right professional can be daunting at times. Website development is a complicated and rather esoteric discipline so making sure you get the right person or people for the job is incredibly important. Here are a few questions and considerations that may make the process a bit easier.
Web Development Specialties
Not all developers are equal in what they specialize in. Make sure you know what your developer and team are comfortable with, and what you need before starting your project. Do you need copywriting? Graphic design? SEO? These are all separate skills that different individuals may or may not be able to facilitate, so find out what is possible before it is too late.
Ask For Web Development Examples
You should always make sure the web developer you are about to hire has some work to show you. This is proof that they not only finish projects, but also a good gauge of their style and capabilities. Take a look at our web development portfolio for example! Every web designer / developer will do things a little differently, so it’s important to find someone who meets your tastes and needs.
Discuss Scope A LOT!
Be wary of any designer or developer that doesn’t talk a lot about scope! You need to know what is and isn’t included in your project in detail or things will start getting messy when it’s getting close to launch time. Does the project include email setup? SEO? Copywriting? Logo design? Scope will also help define web development costs for labor, out of pockets, optional add ons and of course a timeframe estimate for project completion.
A good, experienced developer should ask you questions, and point out aspects of a project you would have never thought about. Likewise, if you are curious about whether something is included in your project cost, make sure to ask BEFORE it’s too late.
Never assume anything when it comes to web development. ASK if your site will be a responsive design, ASK if you will be getting a CMS (content management system) such as WordPress, and ASK about ANYTHING you are unsure about.
Get to Know Your Developer
This is often overlooked, but can really make or break your experience with your web developer. Make sure the person or team you hire fits your own culture and processes. Depending on the scale of your project you will be dealing with your developer on a regular basis for weeks or even months, so it’s important that you actually enjoy interacting with them and that the way they work aligns with the way you do. You don’t have to become best friends, but web development is a highly personal business relationship.
Nerdy House Media offers freelance web development services in South Florida and specializes in responsive website design and HTML5 mobile app development.