Ask These 3 Questions Before Hiring a Web Developer

Hire with confidence.

Before you get burned again, here are three questions to ask when hiring your next web designer or developer. As technology becomes more central to our lives, a solid online presence is crucial for businesses, whether running a small shop or a large corporation. To help you make the right choice, consider these questions before you commit to hiring just any local or distant web developer.

3. What Is Your Specialization?

This question is crucial when choosing a marketing team. Often, you’ll find teams offering a vast array of marketing services with impressive promises, which might seem appealing if you want to streamline your partnerships and work with fewer companies. But at what cost? By choosing a one-stop shop for convenience, you might be sacrificing quality.

If you need a professional web developer to create a website that you and your customers will love, hire a specialist. Don’t settle for a graphic designer, print shop, or paid ad specialist who happens to do web development. Instead, choose someone who most regularly builds websites. Make sure you receive the expertise you need to guide you to the delivery of a website that doesn’t compromise quality.

2. How Will It Be Easy For Me To Manage?

Don’t just ask, “Will it be easy for me to manage?” Dig deeper and find out exactly what they plan to do to make your website easy to manage once it’s done. Here are a couple of questions you could ask your potential hire:

  • What CMS (content management system) do you use?
  • Is it drag-n-drop?
  • How much can I manage through the backend of the website?
  • What kind of maintenance do you expect?
  • Do I recieve any training on how to use it? (the CMS)

When planning your website, think about ease of delivery. If you regularly post to the blog, it should be simple to post new content. When it’s not easy, your developer needs to log into the server and write up a lot of custom formatting into a file. And it’s still not easy when you’re stuck with a CMS that hardly receives any support from a community and has far fewer professionals available to help you fix more complicated problems when they arise.

1. Can I View Real World Examples of Your Work?

It’s like hiring an architect who refuses to show you any previous designs or paying a builder unwilling to let you see any of their completed homes. You wouldn’t do that, right? The same logic applies when hiring a web developer. When investing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in a new or revamped website, you should expect your newly hired developer first to provide tangible examples of their work that you can explore firsthand. This is the internet, after all—it’s not like you need to visit a physical location to experience their portfolio and feel for its quality yourself.

Here are a few things you can look out for when exploring other websites:

  • Broken links and buttons
  • Images that don’t load
  • Strange mix of layouts, colors, or fonts
  • Lack of responsiveness to screen size
  • Typos or uninspired text to read

If a developer is only willing to show you screenshots or static images, it’s a possible red flag. When considering a developer ensure they have a a live example or two, at least, that you can browse through, interact with, and evaluate for yourself. This way, you can be sure that your investment is going into the hands of someone who can deliver a website service and final product that meets your expectations.

Robert Nelson at Ever Marketing

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I'm a WordPress website designer and developer living in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
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