Questions You Must Ask Your Website Developer
You have decided to start a blog or an ecommerce website and now you need a good website developer to create it for you.
Fortunately there are lots of developers to choose from. But…unfortunately a lot of people call themselves website developers after having taken just one or two evening classes in WordPress or they are self-taught. And this is often not enough.
You will want a developer with some experience, a good knowledge of how to make a user and SEO friendly website, and who knows how to create a website which stands out and appeal to users. And not just another cookie cutter website.
Here are some valid questions for you to ask your developer before hiring:
1. Do you have references I can speak to? (You would also want to see at least 5-6 of the developer’s previous work)
2. May I be involved in the design process and can I make modifications to the design after you are finished?
3. All in all, how many revisions will be ok with you?
4. Do I own the license for the theme/framework you are using?
5. Are you available by mail or phone on a daily or weekly basis?
6. What is the timeline for completion?
7. Will your quote include training on how to run the site, how to backup, how to add images, help with plugins etc?
8. Will you provide custom images for the website, or do I need to purchase those?
9. If I do something wrong on website, which needs to be corrected afterwards by you, how expensive will that be?
10. Do I get copies of the PSD files (Adobe photoshop document files)?
11. Will the buttons on the website be custom made?
12. Will you setup the custom email addresses?
13. Is CDN setup to increase the speed on the website included?
14. Do you automatically provide copy editing when creating the website?
15. Do you offer SEO and traffic building assistance?
16. When the website and plugins needs updating later on, how much do you charge for doing this?
I personally like when the web developer show an interest in my plans, ideas and goals for the website, and tries to get an exact idea of which functions I find relevant in a website, what designs I like, and what I do not like or want.
I prefer to speak to a couple of references as well to hear about their experience with the developer. For instance I have found that 9 out of 10 developers quote a very optimistic timeline for completion, and often it takes a couple weeks or even a month longer to complete than estimated.
Pricewise you may get quotes from $350 to $8000! Make sure you know exactly what is included in each quote and then compare. Go with a price you find is reasonable for the work included and with a web developer who has created nice user friendly websites previously, and who responds fairly quickly to your emails and calls.
If you know of other important questions to ask a web developer/designer before hiring them, I would love to hear from you in comments below.