Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site. Web Developer’s job is as well to ensure the site’s technical aspects, such as its performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle.
Having a well-designed and functional website with strong calls to action can make or break your business. Determining who will build your website is a big decision. First of all, a web developer needs a good portfolio as well as a well-updated resume. Ideally, you need someone you can relate to, who has a good track record and can work to your budget as web developer salaries are competitive.
Find the top three tips to consider when hiring a web developer, be in entry-level, front end web developer, or a junior web developer.
1 – Learn more about the topic
If the terms CMS, Google Ads, or SEO mean nothing to you, it’s time to start building your knowledge. Understanding what your web professional is talking about will make it easier for you to describe what you want from your website and better understand what they can provide you with.
2 – Plan ahead
Before approaching someone to build your website, plan ahead, and identify the following:
- Who is your target audience?
- What do you want the website to achieve for your business?
- What is your ‘most wanted action’? When someone visits your website, what do you want them to do? Eg. place an order, learn more about your company.
- What is your main message? What should someone know as a result of visiting your website?
- What features or functionality do you need on your website?
- Which other websites do you like and why?
3 – Write a brief
To ensure you and the web professional understand each other, put together a briefing document that clearly sets out who you are and what your business is all about. Your brief should include information such as:
- a profile of your business
- examples of your business branding and photos you’d like to use
- specifics about the type of website you want, including features
- your hosting and domain name requirements
- search engine optimization (SEO) and analytics requirements
- any follow up training and support you may need, for example how to use the website’s content management systems (CMS) or view website traffic and analytics
Looking for some additional help?
If you are struggling with your online presence or don’t have a website yet, You can reach out to Oplos Marketing a leading Digital Marketing Company that can provide you with a perfect introduction as well as the services you need. They can give guidance on different types of websites you can build, provides an overview of domain names, web hosting, and e-commerce systems, as well as writing for the web and managing SEO.