Hiring a web developer can be one of the most critical decisions you will ever have to make. After all, it is a web developer that is responsible for the creation of the online face for your company that will enable you to interact with your customers. So it is very important to hire the right person for the job, else you risk harming your business and also wasting time and money looking for a replacement. In order to avoid these, here are five tips to help you in the selection process:
- Know what you don’t want and what you want
The first thing to do before searching for a web developer is to make a list of the websites you admire. List out what you like about these websites, whether their designs, workflow or their functions. This will help the developer to know what you want and what you are expecting. Also, try to list out what you don't like about some of the websites so that your web developer will not make the same mistake while developing yours.
- Check out your potential web developer’s portfolio
When hiring a web developer, their experience and skills are very important. So reviewing their past or current job will help you to know if they suit your taste, or can deliver what you want perfectly. You can also ask the web developer for past references and look at the sites previously designed, and also ask for help navigating through the portfolios.
- Don’t choose a web developer with a particular skill set
When you are selecting a web developer, don't choose a developer that only knows a specific technology and may not adapt when a new one comes along. Rather, choose a developer that has the aptitude and can learn new technologies easily when they come up, and also adapt to situations easily.
- Be sure the designer can meet your deadline before you start
Ask the developer if he/she can meet up with your deadline before you commit to the web developer. Also when you are discussing your web project, ask if he/she is clear on what you want for your project, the number of changes you want on the project, and the timeline to be met.
- Set a realistic budget
The cost of your website design depends on the requirements of the project. Which includes the intricate design of the website, special functions, and the number of pages. In web developing, you get what you paid for. Although, you might be able to get it for a cheaper price from another person, always remember quality is important too.
In the end try finding a website developer that has proven results, a good reputation, and one that you can trust with your website project. Even though the process of selecting a web developer can be tiring, tedious, and very stressful, we hope these tips can help you make decisions easily.