How to Find the Right Web Developer

How to Find the Right Web Developer – 5 Things you need know

Looking to build a website for your business? Here are some helpful hints moving forward.

Whether or not a perspective client hires me, I am always forthcoming with them about what they should look for in potential web developers. I want them to get the best value and quality work for their money. In order to do this they will need to consider a few things. There are a humongous amount of people who refer to themselves as web developers, oy…it’s almost mind boggling at how many people think they’re web designers once they’ve built Uncle Harry a blog. There are also unscrupulous agencies and overseas rip-offs that abound, so be careful and smart about choosing your next web designer. Ideally you want a relationship with them that will last for years. You can weed through the bad and ugly rather quickly by following the steps below.

1. DO NOT HIRE web design firms that call you!

I know that sounds awful, I know that there may be a few developers out there that are ok that cold call you, however…the majority of these cold calls are shysters and charlatans and you need to avoid them.

2. Research, research and then research some more.

Make sure to read reviews and look into their online reputation. Do a Google search, look on Facebook, LinkedIn etc and see what previous clients have to say. If you’re finding negative on different social channels, move on to the next candidate.

3. Have a conversation with a perspective web developer.

Talk about what you’re looking for. Voice any concerns up front and how the developer might deal with them. Be forthcoming about your goals and possible evolution of your site in the future and ask if the developer can handle that type of programming.

4. Check out the web developer's own website.

  • Do they have a user friendly site?
  • If they boast about search engine optimization, are they actually ranked?
  • Do you like their samples of websites they’ve built?
You can learn a lot by looking at their website, reading through their content and getting an idea of who this agency or person is. I believe it’s very important to understand the terms of service that a web developer has as well.
  • What is their payment policy?
  • What about refunds?
  • What about a maintenance agreement?

5. Have reasonable expectations.

  • Expect professionalism and the web designer to keep their word.
  • Expect to stay on the timeline that was established unless you (the client) are delaying milestones and don’t get the developer files and permissions on time or don’t communicate.
  • Expect an amazing website according to your vision.
  • Expect open communication, but remember the web developer has many projects, so be reasonable.
  • Expect to be respected and appreciated as a client.
  • Expect to get your money’s worth.
  • Don’t expect to have a professional business website developed for $250.
  • Don’t expect the web designer to be your employee; they are contracted to carry out a project according to your pre-determined agreement, much like a construction contractor.
  • If you don’t pay for SEO, don’t be surprised when you can’t find your business online.
  • Expect to pay for maintenance for updates and platform programming changes (unless you’re willing to learn, which is awesome). Maintenance is never included in website development; once the project is done,
  • Don’t expect a guarantee once the programming is updated or changed. Sites are typically guaranteed with the initial programming, once that changes (which it does almost weekly), the initial site programming has changed and requires maintenance.
I hope this helps at least one person who is looking for a web designer! You can have an amazing experience and be truly wowed by the outcome when you connect with the right web development professional. All the best-Anita, Your Web Gal!

Small Business Start-up Web Design

Small Business Startup: 3 Reasons to Start With Your Website

Starting a Small Business in San Diego?

If you’re on the verge of opening a small business in San Diego, or you already own one; there is one important question you must first answer before taking another step. Do you have a website?

It may seem shocking, in this day and age of Internet driven business, but according to multiple website surveys (including one by Internet search company Google and research company Ipsos), 55% of small businesses don’t have a website.

USA Service Providers

USA Web Development: We Do Not Outsource Overseas EVER!

Every week I am besieged by offshore companies asking for me to outsource my overflow work to them.  Time and again I politely say “We need to keep the jobs here (in the United States of America), sorry.”

Business owners need to understand that using cheap overseas service providers can cost your business more than you realize. []

Website Consultant Fees

Website Fees: Do You Get What You Pay For?

Is it reasonable to pay $1500+ for website development? How about $250? Why the vast differences in pricing? What skills are you paying for when hiring a website consultant?

Today while socializing with friends at a Memorial Day Celebration, that topic was broached.  A friend whom I am helping set up a website spoke with another fellow who said he paid $250 on Elance to have his website developed AND his other site moved to the new host.  Wow! What a deal!  So why wouldn’t everyone hire these peeps who are charging such great rates to setup a website?  At the risk of sounding biased there are several reasons: