by Mellonie Francis Wed Feb 12
A visitor to your website spends around 58 seconds before they leave! So you have approximately 58 seconds to make an impression. So, how do you make a impression?
It all begins with a professional web designer and developer. A huge number of designers and developers have been helping people and companies worldwide to create websites which make an impression, but their is only a scarce few who really understand how to create a website which is optimised for click through & User experience.
To help you select the best developer in the market, we have put together a list of 9 questions you need to ask before hiring a web developer:
Asking this question will separate the amateur from the pros, as the expert developers will ensure they are building a custom website with your audience in mind. The web development team should indicate they will research your unique market position and understand who your target is before building a website. Good web development agencies will ask you
No one is an expert at all things. One web developer might be an expert in developing large e-commerce platforms and another may have a skills in a niche like developing a marketplace platform or CRM software. Every web developer will have certain areas of expertise. So find out what the web developer you are talking to specialises in.
Make sure you don’t just take a web developers words. Ask your developer to showcase his/her portfolio with you as past achievements are the best prediction of future achievement. You need to ensure you hire a developer who has experience in building something similar to your requirements so he is not learning on the job.
There are a number of mainstream web development platforms:
All of the platforms have pros and cons based on their features and functionalities. So ask your web developer which platform he or she is going to use and why.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) helps you get a strong online presence on Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines. Don’t be fooled if a developer points says this will be done after development. SEO is completely planned before your website is developed. So make sure your web developer has a good grasp on url structure and keyword strategies (beware most won’t!).
Ask your developer whether he or she needs your involvement while developing your website? Good developers will say yes I will need content, images and industry knowledge from you to create a truly unique website. If you are wanting to be heavily involved, make sure you and the developer are on the same page.
Good web development takes time, as it’s not something that should be rushed into. Understanding the timeline can help you assess the quality of the firm. Developing a masterpiece usually takes a month or two. Keeping this in mind will help you get select a quality team or freelancer.
Most web development teams will enable you to change everything. However establish this upfront, ask if you can change all text, images, banners or other features without understanding the coding? Also make sure you are clear on what changes you won’t be able to make without help from web developers.
Ask the developer if he or she will allow you to talk to their previous clients? If they do, it means they have built up a loyal customer base which is a great sign.
Going through the process of developing a new website is an exciting thing, but often stressful. Your website developer will be the backbone of your online business therefore it’s smart to put some time upfront to hire a quality web developer.
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