How to Choose a Web Developer
A web developer generally works with all of the technical details of your web site. A very good web developer will also help you with web marketing, writing effective content, and achieving good search engines rankings.
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Web Developer vs Web Designer
A web developer is a software developer or software engineer who is specifically engaged in the development of World Wide Web applications, or distributed network applications that are run over the HTTP protocol from a web server to a web browser.
Compared to a "web designer," a "web developer" usually has a much broader range of skills. A web developer will handle every technical aspects of creating and maintaining a web site, including:
Web designer can usually design great looking concepts and turn them into web pages, but if any type of functionality and user interaction is required they normally don't have the skills.
How to evaluate a web developer
Most developers have a portfolio on their web site, if not make a run for it immediately. Always check out a portfolio, look at design, but also look at the types of client that they have developed web sites for. Companies in different industries require different web components and the ability to deduce whether or not the company you are considering has the required programming ability can also be seen in the portfolio. Pretty just does not cut it in today's web world.
Call your prospective web developer on the phone to talk with them about your project and their skills. Then email them to ask a follow-up question. If it's hard to communicate with them or they are slow in responding, look for another web developer as this is only a sign of things to come.
Location is also important when choosing a web developer. Chances are if they have an office with staff that they will be around for the entire life of your website. Freelancers can be more cost effective, but if they ever choose to get a 9-5 or got hit by a bus your entire folder of web files, and log in details can be lost. This would require you to start from scratch, and if your site was generating revenue your revenue stream can be severely impacted.
The following are 8 questions to ask your prospective developer. If they can't understand a question, you should assume that they haven't kept up-to-date, and if their answers are not informative and relayed in a metter that you understand, look elsewhere.
A good web developer should be able to suggest several relevant ideas. If they can't, find someone more knowledgeable. Your web developer should know graphic design, coding, internet marketing, copywriting for the web, accessibility, usability, web application programming, and web standards. These are all KEY skills in effective web site development.
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