Things to Ask a Web Developer

By David Adress
President, Bitochon Technologies

When searching for a web development service, you will come across dozens of options in the market. However, not all of them are made equal. If you want to get the quality of service you desire, you have to make sure you find the right web developer for the job. To make things easier for you, here is a list of questions you can ask a web developer before hiring them for the job:

Will I Have Ownership of the Website?

The first thing you should ask is whether you will receive complete ownership of the website the developer makes for you. This is important so that there isn’t any confusion later on. Since you are paying for the website, it is only fair that you get 100% ownership and receive all the files and documents related to the web design once it’s finalized and launched and after you have paid the developer. So, if a web developer says YES in answer to the question, move on to the next one.

Have You Created a Similar Website Before?

This is an important question for a number of reasons. Firstly, you have to ensure the developer is experienced at making websites that are similar to yours in size, scope and design. Moreover, you will also get to learn if the developer has made any websites for businesses in the same industry. Experience is an important factor in creation and development of website design.If the developer says YES, move on to the next question.

Can I Check Your Portfolio?

Now that you have ascertained the developer has the experience to create your website the way you want, it is now time you analyze their portfolio. If the developer refuses to share their portfolio with you, it is a red flag. But, if you receive a YES as an answer to the question, you can consider hiring the developer. When going through the portfolio, look at the websites analytically and also ask questions related to it.

Will You Make My Site Responsive?

This is a pertinent question, given the fact that most people today browse the internet on their smartphones or tablets. This is why your website has to be adaptable to the different screen sizes. For that, a responsive website design is essential. Most of the work done to make a site responsive is carried out behind the scenes by the developers so you need to ask them about it. If your site won’t be responsive, there is no point in getting one. So, if the developer says YES, move on to the next question.

How Much Do I Have to Pay?

Though quality is important, you have to ensure you don’t end up paying through the roof for your website. This is why you have to ask the developer how much your website is going to cost you. Make sure they tell you the entire cost, including all auxiliary services involved in creating the website. Otherwise, you might be hit by hidden costs and charges that are applied only after you receive the final website. If you don’t get a clear answer, it is best to move on to another developer.

These are some of the things you should ask your web developer. Only if you receive an emphatic YES to all the questions should you go ahead and hire the web developer. Otherwise, there is no dearth of developers in the market. You are better off looking for a different one than settling for a one that cannot deliver the quality you expect.