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Important Questions to Ask When Hiring a Web Development Company

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

Failure to look beyond the price on a quotation can often lead to a web development project to turn into a disastrous mess. In the online world where anyone can hide behind some fancy graphics and claim to be a professional, it’s important to analyze the company you may be working with to be sure you won’t be sitting out in the cold three month down the line with a broken website.

Will I be tied to this company after completion?

The future of any business in a competitive market is uncertain. Make sure that you can move on to another web development company after the initial phase of your project is done. If the company is utilizing only their in-house code, you will find a very hard time finding someone to continue work on your project. However, if they based your application or website on a widely used system, such as Drupal or Joomla, finding another service provider should prove relatively easy.

Do they have any examples of web applications they have developed?

This should seem obvious, yet still my company has taken charge of rescuing failing projects due the work being ‘completed’ by a developer or team that lacked the necessary skills (it was a Drupal job, and they had not used Drupal before). Sure, they might have the skills regardless of their lacking portfolio, but you don’t want to be a lab rat.

Do they meet your expectation of quality?

Now that we know they have developed at least one or two things, ask yourself, would I be happy if my project turned out like this? This again, should seem excessively obvious, yet still I find web designer with a portfolio of 40+ websites that appear to have crawled out of the late 1990’s, yet somehow they are still being paid to design new websites. Please, don’t expect the prospective developer to improve just for your project.

Do they have any search engine optimization expertise?

Google grades websites not only on keywords and link, but also on aspects such as the loading time of a page. Make sure that the development team you are about to hire are well aware of the on-page aspects that search engines look out for.

Will they provide affordable maintenance?

All web applications will need ongoing maintenance, particularly security updates against new threats. Make sure that a well thought out maintenance plan is included in the quote. You may also want to request a monthly report to keep an eye on what they are doing.

Conclusion

By now you should have enough information to benchmark a few web development agencies against each other. Again, I will emphasize, look beyond the price – you may even get a substantially better result at a lower cost!

How To Keep Web Development Costs Down

Friday, September 14th, 2018

One of the biggest deterrents for anyone looking to get some web development work done is the cost – it can cost thousands of dollars to get a website off the ground, and you will pay more for special features and other aesthetic elements that makes your site stand out from the rest. If you want to succeed in business today, however, you will need an up to date and functional website. Use these tips to help you keep your web development costs down, and you might just find that this project is in your budget:

  • Make sure that every element of the website project, no matter how small it is, is outline in your contract and that both you and the developer have signed it.
  • Don’t make changed once work has commenced (unless you have a cap on the number of changes that can be made before the developer charges you; even then, you will only have three or so opportunities to do this).

They key to ensuring that you don’t make any changes once work has commenced on your web development project is by making sure that the signed contract exists. To do this, you will need to ensure that the contract completely outlines the process, is clear in its definitions and is easily understandable by both yourself and the developers.

But why do web development projects tend to cost so much or go over budget in the first place? To begin with, development costs so much because there are a number of complex processes and a large number of staff involved. The process often includes: database design and creation; server-side computer programming; client-side computer programming; and website design. Not one of these processes is cheap, so it makes sense that together they would be quite expensive.

This does not, however, explain why web development projects tend to go over budget. Often, there is some confusion between what the client wants to achieve and what the developer thinks that they want to achieve. This leads to a number of changes being made once work has commenced, which prove to be highly costly for the client. Problems also arise due to the fact that clients don’t have an in-depth knowledge of the terminology used in the industry. This leads clients to think that they are being overcharged for their project, when in actual fact they are getting a good deal.

Tips To Make Working With Your Web Developer Easy

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

One of the integral people involved with getting your company’s website off the ground is the web developer – this person is responsible for writing all of the code that makes the site look and act the way you want it to. Whilst working with a developer may not feel like an overly important business relationship, it can be very easy to make an enemy who will not want to help you out if there is a problem with your website in the future if you’re not careful. Use these tips to ensure that the project goes as smoothly as possible:

  • Listen to your web developer and ask questions until you understand what they’re saying. If you just agree to everything the developer says without understanding what it actually means, it’s likely that you’ll be unhappy with the final website.
  • Have definable goals. Make sure that you have a clear direction for your website and that you have outlined the order of importance of these goals to your developer. They may have suggestions on how you can improve on achieving these goals.
  • Don’t get angry with your web developer over work that wasn’t completed if you asked for other work to be completed first. They aren’t a superhero – there are only so many hours in the day for them to get work completed in. Decide which tasks need to take priority and communicate this to your developer.
  • Put all of your decisions, corrections and changes in writing. This can be in the form of a letter that is mailed to the developer in an email. You should always follow this up with a phone call making sure that they got your note and that they understand what you are saying.
  • Have respect for your web developer’s time. They have other clients that they need to attend to and will not be able to be at your beck and call at all hours of the day and night. Only call them during business hours and understand that immediate changes could still take a few days.
  • Make all of your payments on time. This is the most important tip for working with a developer. Most clients will hold off on paying until the last possible second, but this is really not appreciated. If you cannot pay on time, speak to them about this well in advance of the bill’s due date.

By ensuring that you develop a good relationship with your web developer, you will find yourself privy to all sorts of information and updates that other clients wish that they had have known. It can be very easy to put your developer offside, which can make them unwilling to help you out of a tight spot months or even years down the track (if the code of your website becomes damaged, for example). Use the above tips to ensure that you are both kept happy.