Websites are often the first impression potential customers get of your business. This is why it’s crucial to have an engaging website. Unfortunately, getting a quality website can be a grueling process. In fact, most business owners may not know where to begin. Follow these steps on how to hire a web developer.
1. What is a Web Developer?
First, what exactly is a web developer? Simply put, a web developer is someone who creates websites. Easy enough, right? Wrong.
2. What to Look For
As much as we think we’re always right, surprisingly there are many times that we’re wrong. Moreover, there can be times when we think a website aesthetic will look great for no reason in particular except we like the color scheme. With this in mind, a good web developer will not be a “Yes Person.” As much as a web developer will want to keep a client happy, they care more about what’s best for the client. Additionally, web developers will focus on the best way to present your brand’s message. What do you want users to understand about your business? A strong web developer will find an engaging way for users to get the message. Also, you should hire a web developer that is focused on functionality. Making sure that the user experience on mobile, tablet, and desktop is similar and good, and that the website itself is easy to navigate are critical.
Listen, money is important, and people don’t want to waste money. Having said that, you get what you pay for. There is a reason why no food critic ever says that $1 Per Slice pizza places are the best ones around. Now, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to get a high-quality website. Instead, an understanding of the cost of building a website will ensure that your business gets a top-notch site without wasting thousands of dollars.
Your web developer’s location is actually very important, which is why I suggest staying within the borders of the good ol’ U. S. of A. Now, this isn’t because there aren’t talented international web developers out there. Of course there are. However, if you want to communicate with your web developer, it’s good to know you don’t have to worry about what the cost of an international call will be. Ideally, you should hire a web developer that you can communicate with easily, if necessary. Trust me, you will have to talk to them. A lot.
Finally, you should always view a web developer’s portfolio before you hire them. If you’re sick and you go to a doctor, you don’t ever want to hear, “You’re my first patient ever!” The same thing applies to websites. You want to see that a web developer has done a website within your industry or similar to the design you want. Unless you’re OK with being a test pilot in a plane built by your cousin.
Now that you know how to hire a web developer, start looking for one! The beautiful thing is, you don’t have to look very far!