• Rodrigo Perez

What to consider before choosing a web developer?

Hiring a web developer is not a quick and easy task. The entire process may take longer than expected because of the many steps that have to be done correctly, both by the potential candidate and the hiring company.You need to find a web developer that would be able to deliver according to your expectations.

To help you make an informed decision, we have listed some points that might influence your choice in favor or against hiring any given web developer. Please note though, that these tips are not necessarily true for every candidate and they would be meant as some advice that you may follow, if it is convenient for you.

1) Stick to someone who has done work for you before

If a web developer was able to do a good job once, he or she will more than likely be doing another one. If you look for someone else, they will have to go through the entire learning process again, which is not convenient or cost effective.

2) Get recommendations from others in your industry

While you are looking for a web developer, ask around in your business circle. It is possible that some of your friends or business partners had some experience with a candidate and they might recommend them to you. From our own experience, we can tell that this works for about 80% of the cases.

3) Look at other companies' websites

If a web developer has been able to do a good job for others, he or she will likely be doing it for you as well. As a matter of fact, the best web developers are usually in high demand. Otherwise they would not be so good at what they do.

4) Get the experience you want while maintaining low costs

The work that is relevant to your industry is more likely to be done by someone who has had professional experience with similar projects in the past. It is usually much better to hire someone who has done work for businesses in your particular industry, because this ensures that they are familiar with how things are developing in your market.

5) Be aware of what you can afford

If you are looking for a cheap web developer, it is likely the case that their skills will not be as good as those offered by their more expensive counterparts. However, if the budget is an obstacle to your business growth or expansion, then you should go with a candidate that you can afford and whom you trust will do a good job.

6) Search for someone who is interested in your business

While it does not matter much if a web developer has no interest in your sector, it is a big problem if they do not know how it works. The best web developers are usually interested in a specific industry and they can easily get into the shoes of their clients, which allows them to produce better results. It is very important that your web developer has some knowledge on what you do, otherwise you risk making big mistakes that might cost you a lot of money.

7) Check his or her communication skills, language and grammar

Before you hire a web developer, make sure that they are able to communicate with you in your native language, as well as write and speak English correctly. If they cannot do this, it is very likely the case that their other work will not meet your standards either. However, language should not be the only criterion you are using to choose a web developer.

8) Make sure they know what SEO is and how it works

The best web developers will usually know what SEO means and how Search Engine Optimization works. This means that they understand how keywords and search engines function, which is why you should try to find someone who has knowledge about this topic. You can also ask them questions and gauge their interest in your industry.

As a business owner, you need to know how to promote your products or services in order to compete. A website will help you do that! The internet has become the number one place for people to shop and buy their products, so having an online presence is necessary. But who should create your website? Choosing the right web developer can be a complicated process. Asking the right questions can help you find someone who will suit your needs.

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