Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Web Developer

So, you are looking to build a new website, or get your current one updated. You can try and tackle that yourself, there are certainly enough tools out there to help you, like WordPress for example. But if you are looking for more support, or building something a little more complex, then you are probably going to need to get some assistance from a web developer.

Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Web Developer

Before you jump in and hire the first web developer you talk to, it is important that you ask them a few questions first. By doing this you will get a better understanding of their ability and whether you think they are a right fit for what you are trying to achieve with your website. So, have a read on below at some of the key questions you should be asking:

What platform will the website be built on?

This question is applicable if you are getting a brand new website built. If you are updating your existing, then you should ask if they will be keeping the website on the same platform. Usually, web developers will tend to keep your existing website on the same platform, unless there are some serious issues with the platform your website is using.

How much will I be involved?

This is important to understand what the web developer thinks about your involvement. They shouldn’t be able to run off and do whatever they want. You need to ensure you are involved in all the major steps, so that if you don’t like something or change your mind, it is a much easier (and cheaper) fix. But at the end of the day, you aren’t the expert when it comes to web developing, so the developer will need to have a little free reign.

What other websites have you built?

It is always a good idea to understand the web developers past clients, and the specific type of websites they have built in the past. This will ensure you can look at their past work and see if it is quality and something that you would like. Also, looking at their past work provides you with guidance and you can say you want certain aspects on your own site. 

How will you incorporate SEO into building the site?

If you have a website, one of the key goals is to get traffic to it, you can’t get good quality traffic if you don’t have good SEO. While SEO does take time to show itself, and there are only 10 spots available on the first page of Google, you’ve got to ensure the basics are there. This means you need to hire a web developer that knows how to build a website that is SEO friendly, and if the developer you are talking to doesn’t know anything about SEO, then you should quickly move on.

What research will you do before starting the build?

This question will really help you separate the very good from the just okay web developers. You want a developer that is going to conduct research about the industry you are in, as well as get information about your business itself. By being armed with all this information, they can build a website that is specifically designed for the type of customers you are looking to target.

How long will the process take?

It is important you get an idea of how long the whole process of building your website will take. You also need to keep in mind that unexpected roadblocks can present themselves, so you should be looking to get regular updates on what they are up to, so you have a realistic timeframe of completion.

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