In this article I’ll guide you though the steps needed in how to find a great website developer.
Commissioning a website can be a big commitment, so how can you make sure that whoever you have found to build your website is really a good fit for what you want to achieve, and that you are going to get the results you want?
I’ll go through the major points that should be considered before engaging anyone to do any work for you, in a quick list which will help you understand how to find a great website developer.
1. Do you get on with them?
Once you’ve got in contact with someone you’ll spend a little time before making any decision to commit, and this is a great time to see how the relationship feels.
It’s important that you can communicate well together. Are they on your wavelength? How are they responding to the questions you have? Do you understand what they are saying; more importantly are they understanding what you’re saying?
If things feel good then you know that you’ll have a good working relationship moving forwards.
It may be that someone has referred you to a designer so you know you’re in safe hands.
If not it may be you’ve searched on the internet to find someone.
If you found their website, does it have any reviews? Is there a Facebook page for their business and are there any reviews on there?
If there are, reach out to whoever has written a review and have a deeper chat with them about their experience.
Do they have a portfolio that they are willing to show you? When you look at their work, do you like the designs? Are they easy to navigate and to find information?
A decent web designer should have some sort of portfolio page that you can browse for examples of their work.
4. Responsive design?
Ask if their designs are responsive and work across all devices. 74% of people use their mobile phones to browse and your website needs to look as good on a phone as it does on a desktop.
What is the quality of their writing? Have a look at their website to see how easy it is to read, and especially look to see if there are any grammatical or spelling mistakes.
6. What’s included?
A website can just be a few pages put together, but to be successful there are a number of things that should be done to put your website in the absolute best positon at launch.
It is worth asking what else they are going to include in their build, other than just what can be seen by a visitor to the final website.
Websites have a lot going on in the background, which needs to be thought about, designed and and built for.
7. What tools are they using?
Ask them what tools they are going to use for their build.
At Bright Light we use WordPress with the Divi theme, but that doesn’t mean that when the circumstances are right we can’t use something else such as shopify if it turns out to better suit your needs.
Are they going to help you out once your site is complete? Do they offer documentation or any form of training to get you up and running if you will be managing the site yourself once it is done? Will they be there for you to hwlp with any questions you may have?
9. Extended support
Can they offer to maintain your website once it has launched? Will they be able to help you with your overall marketing and social media as wel if you need them to?
These are all services that can save you valuable time and allow you to focus on the other core aspects of your business success.
Even if these are services you may not need at the beginning, will it be possible to scale up at a later date if you want to? Your original developer would be the best choice as you have already formed a relationship with them, and they are familiar with you, your business and your website as well.
Final thoughts on how to find a great website developer
I hope you have found this to be a useful list about how to find a website developer that suits your needs.
To sum up I’ll first return to my first point, and one that I think is the most importnt. That is you need to be comfortable with whoever you choose.
If you’d like to chat more with us about anything on this list, or about how we could help you with building or maintaining your website then just get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.