What Are The 5 Most Important Questions To Ask Your Website Developer?
A good-looking and robust website is a must-have. With so many web developers available to pick from, how can you tell which is right? Make sure to ask these five questions.
Picture this – someone’s looking for precisely the type of services you offer. They have a budget that comfortably fits your rates. Their business size matches your services capabilities. They’re in your local area.
In other words, they’re the perfect customer. So how do they find you?
Do they drive around looking for billboards? Flip through the phone book? Call 411?
Obviously not – they sit down with their laptop or maybe even their phone, and pull up Google. But when they type in the services they’re looking for, in the area they work in, and your website comes up – what’s the first impression it gives?
Professional, informative, or maybe funny? Or sloppy, and cheap?
Why Do Websites Matter?
In today’s technology-based world, it’s extremely important to have a website. Even if those in your target market has heard about you, they’re still likely to do some online research before doing business with you.
With a great looking, professional website, you can compete in today’s complex marketplace. Since your website is the first thing consumers see, it has to make a great first impression. Otherwise, you may find your traffic declining and conversions down. A company website should also reflect your values, experience and industry knowledge.
In order to get a website like this, more likely than not you’ll have to work with a website developer. Sure, there are lots of free, DIY options available out there, but if you want a website that appears professional and high-quality, you’ll likely need to invest in expert services from a capable developer.
And not just any, either. There are so many potential options available on the market when it comes to website development.
How can you tell which developer is right? Which one has the knowledge, capability, and best practices needed to deliver a great product, at a reasonable price, within a realistic timeframe?
It comes down to asking the right questions.
What Are The 5 Most Important Questions To Ask Your Web Developer?
- When will the project be complete?
It may sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many people will pay for a website to be designed with no idea of how long the process will take. Even then, it’s just as common that website developers will fail to meet the deadline they set for themselves, but never incur a penalty for doing so.When weighing potential website developers, make sure to get a quote for how long the project will take, from design to launch. Once you’ve made your pick, make sure the developer commits to the timeframe, understanding that if it is not met, you’ll expect some form of compensation in future discounts or waived fees.
- What services do you offer?
There’s a lot more to website design than simply choosing the color scheme, stock photos, and inputting the About Us A comprehensive set of website design services could include:
- Logo design
- Social media integration services
- Search Engine Optimization
- Hosting support
- Domain name purchase and maintenance
Depending on budget and needs, a quick design and launch of a simple, clean website may be enough. But if you’re expecting more, then you should be sure you’re getting it before signing on the dotted line.
- How much will the project cost?
Again, it may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s a sticking point to be sure. Be sure to get a quote for the web developer’s services in plain terms, including any potential further fees down the line.Does the logo and graphic design cost extra? Do they expect direct payment for stock photos? Does social media incur an ongoing monthly cost?
These are the questions to ask in order to really know what the website will cost.
- What is my role in the development process?
It’s becoming more and more common for service providers in a range of industries to have built-in expectations for those to which they’re providing services – if these expectations aren’t met, then timeline and even budget commitments can be negated.Be sure to find out what will be required of before agreeing to anything. Are you expected to provide all of the written content? Professional headshots of the staff? Daily approval of progress? Weekly update meetings?
By double checking these points ahead of time, clearer how much work it’ll be for on your end before you’ve set any sort of deal in writing.
- How does ownership break down?
Depending on the particulars of your contract and agreement, the domain name of the website, or even the website itself, may be owned by the developer. Especially if it’s a managed website developer that being hiring on an ongoing, monthly-fee-based model.If so, you could be accepting a certain amount of unwanted risk. If something goes wrong with the working relationship, if something happens to their web development business company or some other unforeseen outcome, you could be suddenly left without a website.
Bottom line – even if you need ongoing social media and SEO services, it’s safest to own the website and domain once the design is complete.
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