9 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Web Developer!

by Mellonie Francis Tue Mar 10

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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:

1. How will you develop me a website which makes me money?

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

  1. Who are your competitors?
  2. How are you different to your competitors?
  3. What do you think is your unique brand identity?

2. In which area of web development are you specialising in?

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.

3. Can you show me examples of your past work which are similar to my requirements?

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.

4. Which platform will you build my website on?

There are a number of mainstream web development platforms:

  • WordPress
  • Magento
  • Wix
  • Shopify

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.

5. What strategies will you use to ensure my website is SEO friendly?

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!).

6. How much involvement do you require from during the web development process?

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.

7. How much time do you think you need to complete project?

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.

8. Can I edit my website to change anything?

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.

9. Can I speak to one of your previous customers?

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.

Final thought

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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