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Top Tips on Choosing the Perfect Web Designer for Your Project

August 12th, 2018

There are many website design companies and people professing to be an expert website developer. So it can be a difficult task finding a web development company who can make a real difference to your top and bottom lines.

So to get the perfect website developed for your business what should you be looking for? This guide will point you in the right direction – but also give you the questions you should be asking your web developer.

What experience does your web design agency have?

You wouldn’t have an operation by someone who didn’t have the relevant experience, so why would you risk your online business?

There are many companies and individuals who say they are experts in the field, so it can be difficult to identify the experts. Any expert web development company will be able to provide you with recent examples of their work, along with relevant outcomes and references that you can obtain. Don’t be afraid to ask how the customer has benefited since the launch of the website. If it’s an ecommerce website, find out sales value and increases in sales, if a brochure website ask about visitor numbers and positions in the search engines.

Only by asking these questions will you be able to identify who is best suited to the development of your new website and who can deliver the greatest return on investment.

What skills does your web design company have?

OK, you are looking to get your website developed, so you need a web designer. Right?

Well yes, but you also need other skill sets. You need expert designers who can translate your offline brand for the web, you need HTML and CSS coders who can translate this design, you need web developers who can create more complex functionality and you need online marketers who can help you deliver the best results for your website.

Although many web designers profess to deliver all of these skills, many are a ‘jack of all trades’, so be sure to ask your web agency whether they have specialists in each of these areas, but also ask what their background is, for example has the ‘marketing expert’ got the relevant experience and qualifications and has the developer got the development expertise to deliver your custom requirements, now and in the future.

Does the web agency provide value for money?

When looking for an agency you need to assess what exactly are you getting for your money. You may have two agencies and they may both say they are providing a CMS and ecommerce, however content management systems and ecommerce functionality can vary significantly from one web development company to another. So make sure you ask exactly what features will they provide. For example if you have a content management system, will you be able to update ‘all’ aspects of your website, or will you be limited to editing page text only? If you have an ecommerce solution will you have features such as coupon codes, trade logins or cater for sub-categories?

Not only think about what features you need now, you need to consider what features you’ll need in the future. So for example if you have an ecommerce website and there is a chance you would want to sell internationally, don’t forget to find out how easy this would be to add and how much this would cost. Only by gathering this information upfront can you be sure of avoiding any expensive surprises later on.

What support will your web developer be able to provide?

Having your website developed is just one part of the equation. To ensure maximum success and return on investment you’ll need a developer who can provide ongoing support and assistance when you need it. After all what will happen when you run into a problem? Or forget to update a page?

Always find out what support your web company will provide you. For example what training do they provide? Do they have documentation and support site’s that can help when they are closed? Can you get hold of their team via email or phone?

By following these tips, you’ll be able to identify a suitable web agency who will be able to help you with your website design project.

5 Crucial Questions Before Hiring Your Web Designer

August 12th, 2018

Introduction

When you’re deciding who you’re going to employ to get your website built it can be a difficult decision. How do you know your web designer is going to give you what you want? How much will the website be? Can you rely on them after you’ve paid? What happens if the worst happens? There are many potential dangers we can help you to avoid.

To assist you in your decision making process we’ve come up with the five key things you should look out for before hiring your web developer. After all it’s better to do research in the first instance, rather than spend a lot of wasted money. This concise overview will assist you to understand some of the areas you should talk through with prospective web designers.

1 – Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Essentially, this means asking if your web developer offers you Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) as part of their services. It’s important to be clear on what they do offer and what they don’t offer. Many web designers may be very effective at web design but SEO is a specialism in it’s own right. If they do offer SEO find out what the this actually means in reality. Your web developer may well use a lot of terms you might not be familiar with, such as ‘on page optimisation’, ‘off page optimisation’, ‘page rank’, ‘link juice’, ‘link building’, ‘white hat’ and other techniques etc. It’s worth you taking the time to research these terms and understand what’s important to you and your website. I would recommend avoiding anyone who tells you they can get you to the top of Google in a week / 24 hours or some other miracle time period. For example, it can take up to 6 months depending on what search terms you want to appear for in Google, depending on how competitive your search terms are. Avoid short term gain techniques, these will only sabotage your website down the line for short term gain. Another option to consider is that you may choose to have your custom web design built by a specialist web designer. Then have the SEO done by a dedicated Search Engine Optimisation specialist separately. If you decide to go with this option, it’s worth considering a web developer who uses SEO friendly software in the first instance. Ask your web designer if their software is Search Engine Friendly. If yes, ask them specifically how is the software they use SEO friendly?

2 – Communication

Communication is key to the success of your project. We all know this doesn’t just mean knowing you’ve spoken once and they were very keen to know you and get you on board. You should look to do your due diligence. This should give you a good understanding of how well the web developer communicates with their clients. Find out their opening hours. What happens if there’s a problem? Clarify the ways in which you can communicate with your web developer? Such as telephone, email, instant message, mobile, text message, face to face, forums? If you have an ongoing contract how will communication be managed on a daily basis?

3 – CMS versus Brochures

When the internet began, many websites resembled brochures. You visited a site with lots of static, non dynamic pages. Today, with the increasingly sophisticated web technologies that exist, websites such as Facebook and Twitter update dynamically, in real time.

If you know that you wish to update your website yourself you should seriously consider opting for a Content Management System (CMS). The great benefit is that you can run the website yourself. For brochure style website you might have pay for updates as the web developer has to spend time updating the website on your behalf. If you do go for a brochure style website, find out the ongoing management fees. If they do use a CMS system, ask them what training you’ll have to get up to speed on using and administering the system.

4 – Speed kills

Speed does indeed kill. But in this case it’s slow speed that kills. Any website that loads over 6-8 seconds will quickly turn off visitors. How many times have you clicked on a website and when it slowly loaded you’d had enough? You then moved on or returned to Google. Ask your web designer what hosting packages they use? Is it joint hosting system or on it’s own dedicated server? You should be offered a menu of options for hosting based upon your needs. Be wary if not. Follow up with your web developer on how the hosting works? Talk to your web designer about the options for speeding up your website. This can include a Content Delivery Network (CDN), caching programs and minify. Does your web developer offer these type of services? Remember, slow speed kills, a quick loading website has earned the right to be seen and heard.

5 – To be open or closed?

It’s prudent to ask what would happen in the worst case scenario? If your web developer’s company went bust, would your website still function? For those web developers who use their own in house technology, find out what happens if they did go out of business? Would your website still function? For web designers who use open source technologies such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc these are open source so the technology at least should be safe. Ask about your hosting as well. Is the hosting tied to their own company? Often companies will use third party hosting outside their own company.

Summary

Remember, above all, due diligence on your web designer before hiring them. What do independent reviews from previous clients say? How can you communicate with them? Do they offer Search Engine Optimsation (SEO)? What technology do they us? Follow these 5 tips above to get yourself a web developer worthy of your project!

How to Select the Best Company for Hiring Offshore PHP Developers?

August 10th, 2018

So, there has been a lot of buzz over the web nowadays about Hiring Dedicated Offshore Resources. The Internet is now loaded with information and guidelines about how to hire, when is the right time to hire and the myriad of benefits of hiring virtual employee from India. Therefore, since by now, all of us know what the concept is and how it works, we will straight move on to the key factors that might help you in making the decision about which Web Design Company would be the right for you.

The web is flooded with several companies that offer the Hire Web Designers / Hire Web Developers Program, but not all of them can provide you with what actually Dedicated Hiring is all about.

So, how will you know from which company should you Hire PHP Developers from?

Let us first compare the Hire Offshore Staff Program with that of an In-house Hiring.

Step 1- The Interview Process: The first step in case of hiring an in-house employee is likely that you collect a few resumes of the qualified professionals from where you shortlist some of them for a face-to-face interview. So, first find out whether the company that is offering its resources on hire, is able to provide you with the resumes of it’s web designers or php developers for you to choose from or are you just directly dealt with the sales person and then to someone unknown to work together with you?

Make sure that the Company from whom you would be hiring the resources has provided you with resumes of web designers / web developers, for you to choose from. And that further you are allowed to select a few amongst them, with whom you would likely setup an interview session. It is extremely important to know the person who would be working with you as your dedicated employee, as he/she would just like be your in-house employee (working at a virtual location) with whom you have few conversations before you actually hire him/her. Therefore, an Interview Session with your Dedicated Staff is an integral process in this method. Do not miss it.

Step 2- The Communication and Management Process: Everybody would mention that they would provide Direct Communication with the Web Designer / Web Developer you would hire. But how does the scenario of web development goes in is any reputed web design company? There is always a Project Manager and a Quality Analyst associated with the Web Designers / PHP Developers. So, if you are dealing with the Web Designer / Web Developer alone, the person might be extremely good at design or programming job but might not have the skills for management and quality analysis. Therefore, you are deprived of those facilities, and for which you have to deal with them all by yourself.

Why not choose a company that provides you with a Project Manager and a Quality Analyst as well and that too at the same price compared to others? Try to get the maximum out of what you pay.

Step 3 – Avail Free Trial: Those companies who houses well-experienced PHP Developers, will always walk that extra mile to provide you with “Risk-Free Trial Offer” which also comes with a “Money Back Guarantee”. This aspect asserts the level of expertise and confidence a company possess, as they would refund your money if at all you are not satisfied with the quality of work delivered. The Risk Free Trial Offer Guarantees that you try and test the PHP Developers before you actually move on to a long term commitment. This provides you with an added advantage of knowing the company, the developers and the kind of work they do, before you make any final decision. So, look for those companies, who provide you with 7 Days or 100 Hours Risk Free Trial as with the Money Back Guarantee, you are always safe. Do avail it!

Having said all that, finally, what I think is worth mentioning is that, before you make a final decision to hire php developers, do a good market survey, ask questions about all that you have in your mind, look at the experience a company has and that you get the best ROI.