Steps you should take to hire a great web developer
If you’re looking to build a website for your business, then the most critical part of the process is hiring a web developer to create your website. A web developer created your online presence, and with most buying processes starting online, it is important that you hire the right developer to build your website. Sure, there are hundreds of web developers on the Gold Coast and most of them will claim to be the perfect fit for your needs. So, how do you go about in hiring a Gold Coast web developer from this huge pool?
I’ve been in the web industry for over 15 years now and I have helped hundreds Gold Coast – and Australian – businesses establish an online presence through the development of their websites. Today, I head my own web design company, Ignition Media, and in this post, I will explain how you can go about finding the right web developer for your needs.
Here are some tips on how to hire a great web developer on the Gold Coast.
Take your time in making a hire
When hiring a web developer, you should always take your time. While it is important that you check for work experience, you should also consider the personal DNA of the developer. Here, you need to check for innate traits such as communication, motivation and determination of the developer you are considering for your project and then check to see if they have relevant experience. Ideally, you want to put your trust into a web developer who has been in the industry for a number of years and has a proven track record.
When I meet potential clients, as a web developer, one of the most important elements for me is establishing an understanding of the client’s needs, and then explain how I can then fulfil these needs.
Choose a web developer with aptitude, not skill sets
Technology is one field which is ever evolving and skillsets become obsolete every couple of years or so. As such, it is always a good idea to hire a web developer who has good aptitude and is someone who can learn new technologies fairly easily, rather than choosing someone who is only proficient with a specific technology. You can ask questions to determine whether a web developer is someone who can adapt to new technologies, such as which programming languages has the developer learn recently and what are the developer’s go-to places for tech tricks and tips. As a web developer myself, I consistently work towards improving my knowledge of the evolving technologies, and thanks to the good aptitude of my programmers, we continue to learn new languages and implemented the latest coding into all new websites as it comes to hand.
Ask the right questions
When speaking with a web developer, make sure to ask the right questions, which are not trivia based. Your questions need to be open ended and you will need to listen and determine how well the developer communicates with you and what are the plans of approach. Examples of some questions you can ask include where will your website be hosted, what CMS platform will be used, who will own the domain name, what training and documentation will be provided and what measures for security, testing and website maintenance will be offered.
An honest and competent web developer will provide recommendations for hosting and a domain name, but ultimately, you should own the domain name and can host the website wherever you please.
Determine the services to be included in a web development package
Having a website developed does not mean that the developer will simply hand you a finished website and move on with other work. Your website will need on-going maintenance, security measures and software updates for the lifespan of the website. Before you hire a web developer, determine all the services included in the web development package and be sure to request training for your website once it is complete. It is always good to determine these factors beforehand, rather than having to deal with a new party or having to run around after the web developer for future dealings.
Review previous work
Finally, you should review the previous work done by the web developer. This includes checking if the developer has handled multiple aspects of a website build, such as design, coding, project management, marketing and copywriting, among others. Before you make your decision, it is also advisable to contact a couple of the previous clients of the web developer to find out whether you will have a good working relationship with your developer, believe me this is in your best interest!
At Ignition Media, we have incredible experience in offering website development services for over a decade now. Our portfolio showcases the different types of projects we have been involved in and we pride ourselves in offering high quality and affordable web development services, which suit our clients’ requirements and budget.
Hiring the right web developer for your project is very important and you must take your time in finding the right person for your needs. You need to check the developer’s aptitude skills, ask a range of questions, determine all services that the developer will provide and also review previous experience before making a hire. By following these steps, you will definitely find a web developer on the Gold Coast that’s right for your project.
If you’re on the lookout for high quality web developers who can meet your requirements and offer great service, then give us a call at Ignition Media. Our developers are amongst the best on the Gold Coast and we can efficiently and effectively meet your needs.