What are the top ten thought process when choosing a Web Development Firm?

Hiring a web development firm these days need not be a scary journey towards the unknown. Nevertheless, as long as you know how, where and what to look, you could not go wrong. Below are top ten considerations when it comes to looking for a web development firm.

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1. An experienced developer or designer has more skills to build sophisticated looking websites. Moreover, it also has more tools, knowledge and tricks to help you in accomplishing your business goals. One of the things you should consider is to see the company’s design portfolio, the company’s own website design, the number of websites they have developed, web development they specialize, whether the company knows JavaScript and more. Interviewing the designer or developer not only gives you the answers to your questions but also insights on the designer, the expertise level and how well you could work together.

2. The firm should have top quality customer service. Ask for a company’s list of references and make sure to call them. Do not hesitate to ask questions and ask the company if the web developer is responsive to the needs.

3. An effective web development firm should have the ability to create original, professional web graphics. Although anyone could create links and put words on a page, only a skilled designer has a good sense of page layout, knows how to create a good color scheme and could create tasteful graphics that enhance the website.

4. The firm should be marketing savvy. Determine if the company could help you make Meta tags for your site, the search engines they submit to and if they mass submit or hand submit your website to the vital search engines.

5. The web development firm should be creative. Moreover, you should watch out for over-creative and know-it-all developers who will not listen to your input. Remember, it is your website and thus you should have creative input. The key is finding a developer that will heed to your suggestions and could work with you and offer advice and ideas when planning your website.

6. The web development firm should be able to provide you with an accurate estimate. Find out all the costs involved and if there are hidden costs you should be aware of. Ask if you should put down a deposit or whether it charges an hourly rate of a flat rate.

7. Your web developer should have great communication skills. This ensures trust. Make sure you understand their explanations of whether they use techno-babble. If you plan on having a good long-term working relationship with your service provider, it is necessary that you are comfortable with each other and could communicate well and clearly.

8. Determine how long the firm could complete your project. A simple site could be developed in one or two weeks. A bigger site could take several weeks to a few months to finish.

9. Check out if the firm offers full range of services. This way, you could determine if you could rely on its expertise in handling more technical questions that could arise.

10. Determine if the firm is a full time web development firm or part time. A full time developer could complete a website in a shorter time.

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