When you think about it, how many websites are there? It’s a tough questions to answer right! The number of websites seems endless and yet there is still plenty of room for more to be created. No matter what you are looking for chances are you will find the answer by doing a simple search online. The answers to people’s questions or their need to buy something can always be improved upon though. If you are looking to create a perfect website then you need the perfect web development company.
At that point, it’s now time to scour the internet for a website developer you can trust. With so many options out there it can be time-consuming and frustrating to really know if who you are talking to is truly the best choice. Here are some tips you should definitely do to help you rule out the fakers in your quest.
1. Be Prepared Before the Call
It will benefit you greatly if you know what you want before you start talking to any development companies. Make a list that includes what your site is about, any features and specific functions you want, colors you are thinking about, any images or details you know you really want, and examples of other websites that you like the design and functions of.
Having those details ready will give the web developers a solid grasp on what you want and they can help you create the best website. Do keep in mind, it is ok if you are unsure about most of these things. Good website development companies will be able to guide you on how your site could look and what would work best for your audience.
2. Advice and Ideas
After you have described all the details about your website, the company should then be able to offer further ideas and advice for what else can be done to your site to make it the best it can be. It is not a good sign if the company just says yes we can create that. You need someone who can offer support and feedback and bounce ideas off you to see if you like it. This is what makes great companies stand out against mediocre/poor ones.
3. Unknowns and Changes in Projects
More often than not projects will grow. You will do research and think of more things you want. This is completely normal. It’s always best to have as much info as you can ahead of time as mentioned earlier. After your initial discussion, you should be provided an in-depth document which outlines exactly what features, technology, design info, timeline, and the cost will be involved in your specific project.
The pricing and timeline is based on the features discussed and outlined in the document. Of course, things do change and you may want more or less as time goes on. This is not a problem but keep in mind that changing things also changes the timeline and costs. A good question to ask during the initial conversation is “If I decide to make changes or add things, what would happen to the timeline and cost?” The development company should be able to quickly and easily provide the answer to you. It is rare for them to say “you can make as many changes as possible for free” as that is not the case for professional companies.
4. Be Skeptical of a Low Cost
Most people don’t realize the time and effort it takes to build something, especially from scratch. Don’t expect to get your E-commerce website made for $1000 dollars, it’s not going to happen. When it comes to website developers, if the cost seems too good to be true, it is. You have to be very careful with lower costs because many times these companies take your money and either never finish the work or the work is so bad it’s unusable.
When that happens you end up going to a new company who finishes the project but you end up spending more than you would have if you went to a company that was a little more expensive. Stick with companies like SDI who know what they are doing and will provide a website you really want.
5. Project Examples
You definitely don’t want to forget to ask for examples of websites the company created. It’s always a good idea to see the level of work they can provide. When you check them out don’t just look at the site, but look at where buttons are placed and how easy or hard is it to navigate through the website. When you look at it you want to think “oh wow yea this is cool.”
Do keep in mind the examples don’t have to be the same subject matter as your project. Every website is different depending on the subject and client preferences. Feel free to ask the company questions about the examples they provide so you can get inside their head about why certain choices were made.
Take your time when deciding which company to choose. Take all these tips with you into the conversation you have with any web development company. You can also get more information by contacting Sunil at +61 422 710 780.