Finding the right web developer can be hard, especially if you’re the owner of a small business with a limited budget. You must be sure that you choose wisely the first time because you may not have enough money for a second bite at the apple if the website you get is underwhelming or if your web developer is difficult to work with. To make choosing the right web development company easier, get the answers to these 4 questions for any company you’re considering:
1 – Is the company established and experienced?
Although length of time in business is no guarantee that you’re working with a good company, it’s better to work with one that’s been in business for at least a year rather than one that’s been in business for a week. Once you know they’re established, you have to determine if they’re experienced enough to help you. You can measure their experience by the length of their client list and their portfolio of working websites. Don’t be afraid to ask specific questions about their previous work. You should also ask how many full-time employees they have whose job it is to design and develop websites.
2 – How much can I expect to pay?
This sounds like a common sense question but a surprising number of people fail to ask for specifics. Know what your budget for developing a website is and don’t go over that amount. If you choose the wrong web developer, you could find yourself paying more than the original estimate because of ‘unforeseen’ expenses. A good company will have a pretty accurate idea of how much your website will cost. Though there are complications that can arise, you can be sure that if you’re working with a reputable company, they’re not deliberate complications designed to gouge money from you.
3 – Can I create or change my website content myself?
For small businesses, it’s important to be able to change your website’s content on the fly and this is best achieved by doing it yourself. Make sure that your website is on a content management system or CMS that will enable you to make changes yourself. And make sure that the CMS software is easy to use and is an industry-standard platform.
4 – Will I get support when I need it?
Just because you can manage your own content on your website doesn’t mean that you won’t need help somewhere along the line. Your website will have many different functions and aspects to it that can be confusing for the layman. This is where working with an experienced and established company comes in handy. An established company with a good reputation will be there to help for as long as you need it.
At Axis Software Dynamics, we understand how hard it is to know if you’re working with the right web developer. That’s why we do everything we can to make the process and what we can do for you clear and easy to understand. Call us at Axis Software Dynamics at (469) 535-7500 or visit us online at axissoftwaredynamics.com to schedule an appointment for a web development consultation.