11 Tips For Working With Your Web Developer

Your website development goals probably look something like this:

  1. To have a web site that is visually appealing and easy to use for your market
  2. To have a web site that is easy to maintain
  3. To have a web site that has the information your viewers want
  4. To get all this as reasonably priced and time efficiently, as possible!

Your web developer is part of your business team to help you achieve those goals.

While there are many unscrupulous or unqualified web designers in the marketplace, most web developers are interested in helping you have a successful and profitable website. There are many things you, the web site owner, can do to help the process go smoothly – or feel like a disaster! The following is a partial list of some of the ways you can help your own web development process go smoothly by being a great client.

  1. Hire a web designer who will explain the process and options to you. Your web designer doesn’t know about your organization or market, he or she should also be asking you a lot of questions. If your designer balks at explaining things to you – get a different designer!
  2. Listen to your designer and ask questions until you understand both the steps the designer will be taking and what they mean to your organization. Don’t just rubber stamp everything, UNDERSTAND IT! The client who just agrees and doesn’t understand will probably be the client who is angry when things don’t go the way they want. Remember that you are the site owner. If you don’t know understand the basics of your web site, ultimately, it’s your problem, not the designer’s.
  3. Take a web marketing and design course. That will help you communicate with your web developer.
  4. Have definable goals. Write down what you hope to achieve with your website, and tell your designer which items are most important to you. Your web developer may have some great suggestions for you. Work with your developer to outline the order of steps that will be taken on your site.
  5. Don’t be angry with your developer for work that wasn’t done when you asked for something else to be done first! If you need to change the site priorities, find out where the developer is in the current task list and explain whether you want the current task completed before the priorities are changed. Remember that means that the work that was stopped may not completed and will need to be revisited later.
  6. Put your decisions, corrections or changes in writing – or an email – and then speak to your developer in person or on the phone to be sure that your writing communicated what you really mean. Ask if your decisions will have side effects on other decisions. If you give your developer a change, be sure the developer knows whether you mean that change to be immediate priority or to be added to the task list.
  7. Proof your site. Remember that you are very acquainted with your information, but your developer isn’t. There are many types of errors that your developer won’t catch. Also, in the process of creating a visual design, it is very easy to miss textual errors and typos. Even in print orders, clients are usually asked to proof the work. If the error is one where the developer had the correct information, the developer should make the change without charging for it. If the information the developer had was wrong to start with, you should be happy to pay for the changes.
  8. Respect your developer’s time. Unless you hire a web developer or web master as an employee, don’t expect the developer to be at your immediate beck and call. More than likely, the developer has other clients work to do and other commitments. It is not uncommon for a developer to already have two weeks of work lined up when you call with a change you need. Ask a prospective developer how much time they estimate will be available for your site. Ask your developer to keep in contact with you if their situation changes. If you have a timing change, talk to your designer to see whether your job time can be moved up, but it’s not the designer’s responsibility to push other clients aside for your job. If you say there is no rush – your developer will assume you mean it!
  9. Understand the tasks and skills needed to create a website. A website is a complicated piece of software that includes visual design, file management, search engine optimization, copywriting, photography, coding, database management, and programming. There may be some of these skills that your web developer doesn’t have, and you may need to coordinate with other contractors.
  10. Understand that there are website infrastructure tasks. There is a great deal of “back-end” work in developing a web site. If your work doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, your developer may be working on the basic file structure, templates, a database, CSS files, or other pieces your site needs to work. If your developer doesn’t seem to be doing anything, ask to see the files in progress and ask how they fit into your website. Understanding these pieces will be very helpful to you later on, as your site needs to be maintained.
  11. Pay up! Some developers charge by the job and some developers charge by the hour. In either case, remember that your developer has already incurred the time expense to do your work. Don’t expect your developer to continue working on your site if you wait more than a month to pay your bill unless you have made previous arrangements.

This article is part of the materials for the Web Marketing and Design class at Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana.

Choosing a Web Developer

A web developer is a company or an individual that will help you with the technical and even creative aspects of your website. A good web developer will help with designing the graphic layout as well as the website architecture and website navigation. Web developers are also responsible for coding the HTML and the cascading style sheets, also known as CSS. Many web developers also help with the creation of graphics, adding pictures to the website, creating links, as well as testing for usability and creating web standards. You’ll also want to have your web developer help you with the programming of web applications and creating databases. Many web developers are also experienced in helping with marketing strategies, search engine optimization, and copywriting.

When you begin looking for a web developer you’ll want to contact several prospective developers to speak with. First, talk with the developer on the phone and ask a list of questions that you think of beforehand. You’ll want to explain your project, exactly what sort of help and needs you will have, and for how long you believe you will need the developer’s assistance. If you feel as though the conversation goes well, you should email the developer with a follow up question or two and see how long it takes him or her to respond. If the developer takes more than 24 hours to respond you may want to consider working with someone else. You need to have very open and easy communication with someone that will be working in the web developer capacity for you.

When you are speaking with the web developer you should feel as though things are reasonably comfortable and that you can create a good working relationship. If you don’t get the answers you need or things just “don’t feel right” then you should move on and not take any chances. You want a developer that is reputable, does good work, and will be honest in their business dealings. There are many web developers out there, so if you get overwhelmed by the options ask for recommendations from friends, family, and business partners. In the end, you are not tied to one web developer or another, if you find that the one you have chosen is not well versed in all of the things that you need him or her to have knowledge of, you can always move onto another developer to get the job done right.

Web Development – A Crucial Part in Promotion of a Website

Creating a website requires web development at the very initial stage to give the web page a proper business usability and look. In fact, today it is the most cutting edge technology known to us. Software engineers all over the globe are working day in and day out, striving to offer the best web development services to the clients and end users. The cyber space in fact has opened a lot new options for users to create their own website and initiate online business.

Now, the question that lies here is: what is the real purpose of web development? Clients today create website not simply as a tool of display but as a marketing element. The process of website development ensures that the website is created in a manner to help online marketing and promotion. It builds up a user friendly website best suited for online trading. PHP programming and .NET are examples of web development. According to an SEO expert website development offers a strong base for the portal.

Even though ‘content is the king’, website development gives the portal the finishing touch it requires to provide an appealing design. The web developers assess and re-script the portal in such a manner that gives the portal the necessary appearance it needs. The process in entirely technical and involves the efforts of experts in the field. Every website has a design theme based on the product or service it sells. Thus, the design is created accordingly. Web developers ensure that the creation of the website design is done on the lines of the subject.

Some of the prominent programming languages such as Perl, Flash, XML, HTML, PHP, etc used in creating the website are mastered by web developers. With the help of some of the best programming languages they create a user friendly and search engine optimized website. The process of website development is pretty extensive. Besides, the applications developed through web developers ensure optimal user friendliness.

The cost factor in web development plays a huge role. According to an entrepreneur in SEO Texas, businesses allocate a huge budget to the development of website because a good web-developed is needed to get a well-developed site. Today most of the web developers are hired from other countries to get cheap but quality labor. Companies outsource the task of development to get high quality service at affordable cost. Most countries offering the development service provide good service at the most cost effective price.

If you wish to create a website of your own and wish to market your product or service then hire a high quality web developer bringing you the most affordable service you can dream of. Through web development you can create a website that is not only appealing but is great in terms of optimization as well. You can contact the best SEO Texas companies for further information on this and hire their expert services. So, start finding a suitable service provider today, at the best price.