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Why You Need To Understand Your Project Before Hiring A Web Developer

Many people make the mistake of hiring a web developer before they know exactly what they’re after in a website. This can cause all sorts of problems for you in the future, including dragging the project out and completely blowing your budget. So, before you go researching developers in your local area, make sure that you understand your project. This will help you to answer any and all questions, ensuring that you are provided with the most accurate quote and timeline possible.

  • What parts of your website do you already have materials for?
    You need to understand that your website is comprised of a number of different pieces, including the content, the layout, the photography, the user interface, and so on. Take a look at the materials that you already have (usually content and photography) so that you can show these to a potential developer.
  • What is your maximum timeframe?
    It is highly unlikely that you will be able to find a reputable web developer who is just sitting around waiting for a project to land in their lap. You need to think about when you need the website ready and explain this when looking for a quote – is your business launching in two months and the site needs to be ready to go by then?
  • Will your website require programming?
    If your site needs a shopping cart, map functionality or even a catalogue, you will need it to be programmed. This is a whole other area of development that requires some very specific skills that not just anyone will possess. If the developer has to hirer an outside programmer, this can really hold up the project and bump up the costs.
  • How much can you afford to spend on the website?
    If you know anyone who has bought a website recently and they have a similar size business to yours, ask them how much they spent on the project. For a good quality design that also includes future support (such as making changes) you can expect to pay a few thousand dollars – can you afford this sort of investment?
  • How much do you want to be involved?
    Some clients want to be involved in the development process of their website as much as possible, whereas others are happy to sit back and let all of the work be done for them. Ask yourself how much time you can commit to the project (for gathering images and writing content) and then make sure that you stick to this.

By ensuring that you understand every aspect of your desired website, from start to finish, you can employ a web developer with the knowledge that you will receive the most accurate quote and timeline possible. To help you understand what you’re after in your project, we have compiled the above list of questions that you will need to answer. If your potential developer requires any more information from you, they will not hesitate to ask and clarify some answers.

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