When you decided to build a web site, you thought that all web developers were created equal. Until you let your nephew’s friend set-up your web site…and it stopped working after twenty-four hours. The truth is that choosing the right web developer is as important as choosing the right web designer. A good-looking web site is nothing but two-dimensional art if the buttons, forms, and functions don’t work properly. But how do you choose the right developer for your web project? Here are some tips to help you make the right decision:
Decide what’s most important to you. If you’re looking for a developer who primarily works in Ajax, then you shouldn’t consider developers who have little experience with it. And likewise, if the most important consideration for you is cost, you shouldn’t hire a developer who charges thirty dollars an hour.
Go local. If possible, choose a local developer who can meet with you on a regular basis. If using a local developer is not possible, find one that using Skype and online whiteboards, so you can have meaningful meetings.
Compare web developers before you make your choice. Choosing the right web developer will ultimately come down to your needs versus the skills of the developer. Choose several developers and compare their skill sets. Select the developer whose skills most closely match your needs.
Get a timeline quote. When most people ask for a bid, they think only in terms of money. But it’s also important to find out how long it will take the designer to produce a finished product.
Choosing the right web developer is about assessing your needs and finding someone who can meet those needs. Once you’ve done that, your web project will be on its way.