Every website owner is going to be faced with the necessity for web development at some point in the life of their website. The online world changes rapidly and frequently so keeping up to date with the latest tools and trends is an essential aspect of staying ahead of competitors. Unless yours is a web development business, it’s likely that you are going to need to hire the services of a commercial web development team, and this can be a more involved process than you might think.
The Internet is a great place to start your search for a web development company, but there will be hundreds of local services to choose from and it’s not a situation where you want to make the wrong choice. It can be difficult to find a quality website development team, and to define one, since, while there are set qualifications for web development skills, many of the best in the industry are self-taught or have learned through extensive industry experience. This makes it an area where simply looking at someone’s resume won’t be enough in most cases, to determine whether they are the right person for the job. While many factors will contribute to your final decision, here are four useful tips:
- Customer Service: Any web development activities will involve ongoing interaction between you and your development team, so a high level of customer service is essential. Check out testimonials and service reviews by former customers of the company and make sure that they have a good history of customer service. It’s a good idea to have a face to face meeting before contracting any website development work so you know who you are dealing with and can gauge the professionalism of their operation.
- Web Design: Anyone you employ for the web development of your site must also have basic skills and understanding of the principles of web design. Sufficient web design knowledge and experience is essential so as to maintain the integrity of your website as well as optimise its function.
- SEO: Another knowledge area linked to website development that you should look for in your developer is that of SEO or search engine optimisation. Some website development activities can disadvantage the ranking of websites, so it’s important that all web development activities are moving in a search engine friendly direction.
- Portfolio: Before you enter into a contract with a website development service provider, make sure you’re happy with the quality of their prior completed projects. Most businesses will be happy to provide you with samples of their work, so if they are unwilling do so, you should proceed with caution.