Your Web Developer Should Ask You These Questions

Web development has a very wide definition. It starts from developing the simplest static single page to the most complex web-based internet applications. For large firms and companies, web development can be hundreds of developers. A web developer is a software engineer or technician who is specifically is in charge of the development of web applications, or distributed network software applications that are running HTTP protocol from a web server to a web browser.

Hiring a developer is more expansive than a webmaster. But, if you decide to have one, you should ask yourself the following questions:

1. What kind of services will you be offered?
2. What is the frame work will be done?
3. Can the chosen web developer meet your deadline?
4. How fast is the technical support?
5. How much will cost you?

Creating a web site likes building a house. Preparing the plan is essential and important because it is easier to make the changes that broken the foundation. Not impossible, but time-consuming and expensive. For these issues your web developer should ask you these questions:

1. What is your website object?
2. What is the main purpose of the site
3. Who is the site visitor?
4. Who will maintain the site and the effectiveness?
5. What kind of content does the site have?
6. Have you chosen the domain name
7. Who is your hosting provider company?
8. Have you analyze your competitor’s sites

And after all the above-mentioned questions, the web-developer should ensure you that the following requirements will be in your website:

• well-promoted, easy to navigate and use
• displays privacy/security policies
• compatible with a wide range of platforms and browsers
• loads quickly and regularly updated
• well-structured, well-written and comprehensive information
• an attractive and consistent
• includes appropriate interactivity
• is well-ranked by the search engines

You need a developer to create interactive parts. PHP, Perl, ASP, JavaScript, Java are programming languages run by your technician. Of course, flash is another programming device managed by a web-developer. These languages typically used by both a web-developer and web designer. The role of the web-developer is to integrate the elements of a website into HTML for the interactive features to united together properly. The responsibilities of your developer is to optimize the graphics for the website and producing media such as online audio, flash and streaming media as well as integrating functions to the site. Another responsibility is to handle cross-browser optimization and making sure the web site looks good on different browsers.

Finally, do your homework before hiring anyone. You do not need to be an expert, but you need to know your need to find someone doing the job for you. Asking for reference is a very important fact and starting with small projects will help you to find out whether the hired developer is capable of the job or not.

How to Find the Right Web Designer For Your Web Development Project

Finding a web designer is the easy part- all you need to do is perform a quick search online and bingo, you’re presented with pages and pages of them in the search engine results. The hard part is choosing the right web designer for your individual project. Every web design project has a specific set of requirements and every web designer has a unique set of skills that may, or may not, be suitable for your needs. In this article, I’ll list some key factors that will help you find the right web designer and how you determine if they have the necessary skills to undertake your web development project.

Research the Web Designers Website and Online Portfolio

Every web designer should have a functioning website and an online portfolio of their work. If they don’t, you can scratch them off the list. After you have found some web designers in your area, or anywhere else for that matter, you should research each of their websites and check out samples of their work. Different web designers take different approaches to their work and use a variety of technologies. You should read up on their skills and approach to web design, to make sure they suit your requirements. Viewing completed websites and samples of the web designer’s work is also essential to get a good idea of the design style and skills they have. Make sure the websites function correctly. If some of the web designer’s recent samples are not working, there is a good chance that, if you use them, your website might have the same issues. Look at the design style of their portfolio samples. Most web designers tend to stick to a particular style. If you like the look of their websites, and their website text sounds appealing, you’re onto a winner. Take the next step and call them, or send a project brief through.

Speak to Your Chosen Web Designers

Another key point to determine which web designer is best for you, is finding out whether you can communicate with them. You will need to explain your vision to the designer and they should be able to respond with ideas and suggestions for your project. If you call your designer and there is, for example, a language barrier between you, that could be a problem throughout the development process. Talking to a potential web designer also gives you a good idea whether you are going to get on with them or not. If you call to speak with your chosen web design company and you are put on the phone to a rude or uninterested individual – in my books, that would not be somebody you would want to deal with on an ongoing basis. If they are enthusiastic, keen and communicate well you are more likely to have a successful ongoing professional relationship.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications and experience are not always essential but they do give you some security that the web designer knows what they are doing and has the skills to undertake your project. It’s really up to your judgment whether you want to use a web designer with no experience but you never know, they might be a young gun with tons of talent and is just waiting for that first project to unleash their skills on to. Whether you prefer your web designer to have qualifications or not is also up to you. Qualifications just mean they have had some formal recognition of their skills. My preference would be experience beats qualifications any day. Your web designer may have undertaken a six month course which has got them a certificate of some sort but that does not make them a good designer. There is so much information online and ways to hone your design talents now, that needing somebody to teach you is not essential.

Creative Vision

It is very important the web designer you speak to understands your creative vision. To create a website that truly serves a purpose and business goal, the designer need to understand the nature of the website and relate to your overall vision. Take note on whether the web designer offers any ideas or suggestions when you’re talking to them. This is a good indication of whether they understand the project and are enthusiastic about it.

The Right Technology

Different web projects need different technology behind them. Not all web designers have all the necessary skills for some types of web development. For example you may need a full content management system with database driven content and advanced search engine optimisation. This is something not all web designers can provide. Most designer’s will tell you straight away if they are unable to complete the project, due to technical limitations. It is up to you as a client to inform the designer of all the feature’s you anticipate your website to have so they can tell you whether they can complete it.

A Reasonable Cost

The cost of the web project is normally the key factor in how people choose their web designer. The scope of your project and what budget you have can limit what designer you choose. If you have a very small budget but want to build the next Facebook, any sane web designer will tell you they can’t help you. However, it is always good to get a few quotes and see which designer can offer the best package, for a reasonable cost. If they’re too expensive, it might be because they are a larger company with more overheads, or they are simply very good at what they do. If they are cheap, do a bit more investigation before committing – Cheap web design may end up costing you more in the long run, as it probably won’t serve its purpose very well and you will need to get it rebuilt. The cost of web design is often open ended… ‘how long is a piece of string?’… A good web designer should be able to explain the reason why they have quoted a certain price, and discuss what they can do within your budget – Just because you have received an initial quote that may be higher than you originally anticipated, talk to your designer about it. Quite often, there could be features or aspects of the quote than can be removed, or modified, to get the project back within your budget – If you don’t ask, you’ll never know.

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.