Whether you’re a new company in need of your first website or a company looking for a fresh look with a website redesign, there are a lot of web developers out there, and choosing the right one can be a daunting task. You need to choose between a web design firm or a freelance web developer. You need to choose what type of platform you want the site built. You need to choose what type of budget you have for the website. And, there are many other decisions you’ll need to make before you even decide on a specific web developer.
Each company’s website needs are different, so there isn’t a single answer on how to choose the best web developer, but there are several excellent guidelines to follow as you are looking for a top web developer for your upcoming website project.
A Good Web Developer Will Have a Good Portfolio
One of the very first things you should look at when considering a specific web developer is their portfolio. A good web developer should be able to give many examples of their past work for prospective clients to look over. You should take the time to look through their portfolio and make sure the style of websites they create matches with what you want for your website. You’ll also want to look through the portfolio to make sure the websites are completed, polished feeling, and aren’t full of programming errors. If you are familiar with code, you should take a look at the actual code on the websites within their portfolio.
Not all web developers have a portfolio on their website, so don’t be afraid to ask for examples of their work if that is the case. If a web developer won’t share their past work or only gives one example that can be a large warning sign. In most cases, if they don’t have a portfolio they can share with you, then they could be relatively new or not have any websites they feel turned out well enough to share.
Check the Reviews
Once you’ve had a chance to look through their portfolio, you’ll want to look over their online reviews and make sure they are positive. If you aren’t able to find any reviews online for a web development company online, that’s another sign they could be relatively new. Ideally, you should be looking for a company with at least several years worth of good reviews available online. If, while you’re reading the reviews, you see something that concerns you, ask the web developer about it.
Interview Prospective Web Developers
You’ve looked through the portfolios, read the reviews, and have narrowed your options down to several web developers, so now the next step is to interview prospective web developers. Interviewing a web developer is a little different from interviewing a potential employee. Instead of asking them long-term goal questions or about strengths and weaknesses, you should focus on their web development process, how they will communicate with you during the project, and what they do to keep on top of and learn new website trends.
Try Before You Buy
Before contracting a web developer for an expensive and lengthy web development project, don’t be afraid to test them out on a small project. Try contracting the web developer to make changes to your current website. By having a web developer complete a small project for your company, you’ll be able to get a feel for what working with them for a website project will be like. A small project is a low-cost way to see if the web developer will be a good fit for your company.
Once you have narrowed your options down to just a few developers, ask each to put to a proposal together outlining the costs and what is included in the project. Once you have all the proposals, you’ll be able to make a well-informed decision based on their proposal and your prior research. Carefully read through the proposals to make sure everything you asked for is included within the price, if a web developer missed putting something you want into the proposal, you might end up having to pay more later since it wasn’t part of the proposal.
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