9 Essential Questions You Need To Ask Before Hiring a Web Developer

9 Essential Questions You Need To Ask Before Hiring a Web Developer

It has been observed that visitors usually invest around 58 seconds on a website, so a website create an impression in a blink of an eye. Additionally, exceptionally built website are the bases of new business opportunities with your targeted audience, whether its b2b or b2c.

So, how do you ensure you create an impression? How do you ensure your differentiates you from your competition, while catering your target audience? It all begins with a professional web developer. A huge number of developers have been helping people and companies worldwide, but the difficulty has been to hire a web developer who knows how to create a highly engaging and user friendly website.

To help you out, we have put together a list of 10  major questions, you need to ask before hiring a web developer:

1. How will you develop a bespoke website which appeals to my target audience?

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 research your unique market position and understand who is your target market 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 do you specialise 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 marketplace platform or CRM development. Every web developer will surely have certain areas of skills. So, ensure the web developer you select has worked in your specialisation.

3. Can you show me examples of your work?

All past achievements are the best prediction of future achievement. So ensure you don’t just take a web developer based on his/her words but proven work and experience. You need to ensure your hired developer has hands-on experience in creating masterpieces. Ask your developer to showcase his/her portfolio with you. It will help you have an idea about his/her previous work.

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/she is going to use and most importantly the reason behind it.

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 any developer points out that this strategy 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 your keyword strategies (most won’t!).

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

Ask your developer whether he/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 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 need to complete the web development?

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 can take a month or two to make sure it is quality work. Keeping this in mind will help you get a pick a quality team or freelancer.

8. Can I edit my website to change anything?

Most web development team will enable you to change anything. However establish this upfront, ask if you can change all text, images, banners or other features without understanding the coding? Also be clear on what changes you won’t be able to make without help from web developers.

9. Can I speak to your previous customers?

Ask the developer if he/she will allow you to talk to their previous clients? If they do, it means they have many loyal customers 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 i. Hence, it should be worthy to put the time upfront to have a high-quality website at the end.

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