How to Choose a Web Developer for Your Business Website

Hiring a web developer can mean trial and error, but it should mean doing research in advance to make sure that you will be happy with your choice, that they offer enough results for the money, and that they will create something great for your business. While even the most stringent research won’t ensure that you end up with a top not developer every time, it will certainly help.

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For the most part, you’ll have to choose between independent contractors or freelancers, web development companies, and hiring a full time employee. You’ll also have to learn how to research and compare skills, qualifications, and reputation in order to ensure that your hire is a great one.

What Type of Web Developer to Choose?

If you live anywhere in the greater Seattle area then there is no shortage of web developers to choose from. With options ranging from award winning Seattle web development companies to independent contractors working on gig websites, you have a lot of options. Here, you can go over why some options will work for you and others won’t.

Freelance Developers – Freelancers are highly flexible, can be more affordable than any other option, can provide work very quickly, and are available in nearly every code and website niche. Your main problem will be finding a freelancer who can work within your budget, provide results instead of just logging hours, and who can work with the code or website type that you want. This means that you will spend a lot of time in research. You may also end up hiring multiple freelancers to meet different needs, which means keeping track of more people.

Web Development Companies – Web development companies combine flexibility with a team, which allows you to get as many services from the same company as possible. This can be advantageous to you, because you save time on searching for different talent to fill roles, benefit from a team that is experienced with working together, and have more than one person working on your site. However, costs can be slightly higher, and you’ll still have to make sure that they can provide results inside your budget.

Making a Hire – If you have a budget over $30,000 a year, think that all of your needs can be met by one person, and need continuous work, then a full time hire is right for you. This is a great option if you really need full time support and don’t want to pay for it individually each time. The secret is that you have to find someone who does fill all of your needs, or make the commitment to bringing on a team.

How to Choose the Right Web Developer

Whether you’re hiring a web development company or a one time contractor, it is important that you take the time to research your needs, their reputation, and their abilities before making a hire. A good website will take months to create depending on how much work is involved, so it’s important that you make the right choice.

Skills – Know what type of code you want, what CMS you are using, what features you need, or choose a web development company that can walk you through the options to help you pick something. You can narrow your options if you know that you want a Joomla site, which can help you to make a better choice.

Reputation – Nearly every web developer has a reputation, even if they are fresh out of college. If they don’t have a portfolio and existing work, make a few calls to their university, and learn more. While you should be choosing a more established developer for your business, you can get the point that it’s fairly easy to check up on someone’s worth ethic and reputation. Look at reviews online if they are available (A quick search of the company or freelancer will usually work), check their portfolio, and if you’re not sure, ask for references.

Timeframe and Budget – It is important that any web developer work with your time frame and budget, but it’s also important that your deadlines and intended budget are reasonable.  If you want to pay very little to have something put up very quickly, you will have to spend money fixing it later.

Hiring a great web developer requires that you have some idea of what you want or need, understand your budget, and be willing to do some research to find the best for your needs. If you’re ready to make a hire, contact Rory Martin, a local Seattle web development company, for a free consultation on your business website. Or take a look at our portfolio to see some of our previous work.


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