Hiring a web development company for your web application development or website design project is one of the significant decisions for your business. Particularly when you’re a small business and can not afford to hire an in-house developer on premises.
A good option is to hire a dedicated remote developer or development team (consisting of web developer, designer, quality assurance engineer and project manager) through a web development company that provides resources for hire on-demand or services on contract.
But there are some factors that are needed to be kept in mind while choosing a website design and development company for your website. Following are 5 tips to keep in mind when hiring a company for web development:
1. Company Responsiveness
Responsiveness is extremely important factor throughout the process of web development and even after that. You must see how quick is the response from the firm in terms of your initial inquiry. Check if they are returning your calls on a timely manner. If the firm is not responsive before winning your business, it is more likely that they will not be responsive after they have attained it.
2. Listening and Interpretation
There is nothing more important as having a web partner who asks the appropriate questions and then digs deep in order to ensure that what you desire is the same as what you say. A good web development partner or firm spends more time in researching and digging for what you want and then provides you the final output that is in accordance with your business goals so that you get full functionality and the site works according to your needs.
Many successful web development firms work using Agile methodology; splitting the project into various deliverables / milestones (this is usually for fixed price projects) or giving frequent progress updates / iterative demo on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. This helps the project to stay on track as well as help the clients to provide feedback on a timely manner and see if the project is going in the right direction.
3. Good Suggestions
The web programmer you choose should be willing and be able to let you know if something you desire is a bad choice or a bad idea for you, and explain you the reasons for it. You are not a web developer and you might not have the knowledge about the changes in technology as much as you web partner does. Therefore, the partner company should be able to get you out of bad choices and update you about the trending ones.
4. Professionalism and Communication
Take out sometime and communicate with the web programmer you’re willing to hire. Check if they maintain a professional level of communication. Observe their office environment and your feelings when you enter their office. Observe their staff, their level of satisfaction and happiness towards their company. These are probably the people who will be working on your project. Therefore, it is better to know how do you feel about them.
5. After Sale Service
This is considered as one of the main reasons why people or companies have dissatisfaction from their previous web partners, and this is the major aspect of successful relationship between the client and the vendor. Check the availability of after sales services from your website programmers. Many web development firms offer 30 days free support on project completion.
6. Comprehensive Services
A full-service web development company can handle the entire project which includes the strategy making, planning, wire-framing, designing and development, deployment and maintenance of your project. A successful company is able to formulate the strategy for your entire website and you can see it over all the lifecycle phases. Therefore, look for a company that can handle everything on its own rather than having multiple vendors for each phase.
7. The Credentials
It is easy for any company to hang a shingle and claim to be the best web business. Do not just think of any company having a few clients along with nice looking site as a truly qualified company. Check out their work portfolio and client testimonials. You can also ask for client references if you’d like to talk to some of their clients to get an idea about their service quality. A web development company can only be as good as the available people who are their when you need their assistance.
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