In the times we live in, businesses seem to become busier than ever. With new technologies becoming a topic of open conversation on blogs and social media, it is never any better time for business owners to keep up with how they are using the Internet to enhance their overall business.
When thinking about getting started in the development industry, you often wonder where and how to find the best web developers. Often, there are blind spots in how businesses choose their developers, and so you are left with two options: 1) shop around and watch what you can afford, or 2) work with a good developer, stay at the same vendor for several years, and make sure you have someone in place who loves what you do and the importance you place on web development.
Some businesses begin with the understanding that most web designers will want to work with larger vendors than the small and medium sized ones. However, before you give up hope of actually finding a quality developer, here are a few tips for businesses on how to choose one.
Do some quality scouting. Ensure that you can test a sample website design to see if it is either user friendly or if the user experience is actually created. You should be able to find information about the developer from the website they run. Ask that the developer be able to talk to you in person if you think it is worth having a discussion. It is also worth having a conversation that does not end in an email and that you look at a few upcoming projects.
Do your research. Look for companies, projects, and word of mouth. Chances are, others have previously worked with the developer. Simply by talking to other vendors, it can be discovered that the same developer has also done several different projects. Plus, not every website designer has the same level of knowledge. A more specific personality and approach, such as the blog that is up on the developer’s website, gives further insight into a talented developer.
Know what your main requirements are. It is important to have a broad range of requirements when selecting a developer. In fact, the most useful websites for companies are the ones where there is a wide range of requests. They are open to being reworked and they can adapt their content.
Check the developer’s track record. Read the developer’s work history. Ask friends and colleagues what they think of the developer. Have them write about how the developer has created their website or a phone app, whether it was good or bad. It’s also wise to read reviews of the developer from other websites and users.
Check the background of the developers. There are two things to check: how long they have been practicing and how long they have worked in this industry. A good developer has a vast knowledge of the industry and is doing work that he/she truly loves. That said, they are different than the average level of construction site designer or software engineer. They know how to change a business idea or how to improve upon it. A good developer has a “higher education” in the industry, but you also can find highly competent people in architecture, graphic design, or the medical world. In any case, it is important to check their background and what industry they work in.
Set reasonable expectations. As a business, the more you can control the timeline, the better off you are. There are several types of developers: those who are just looking to do work in your community and will do what you ask; those who want to help you with a job; and those who want to create something that you will love to do. Before you begin working with someone, you must decide which type you want.
Building an employee referral and general search tool is also important for small businesses. For example, a company can give a website design credit to a designer if he/she finds someone who is really qualified and interested in working for the company. For web developers, simply look up the best in the web development industry in your area and see which company you want to work with.
Like so many things in life, knowing who is good is the key to picking a good Web developer. When working with a developer, always check out the work of the company, work experience, and brand. Ask those you work with to provide their opinion, so that you can do your research and choose the right person.