How to hire a Web Developer
"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. "
This Quote is more meaningful than usual today. We have been hoping to get shown by QVC but were denied because our Unity Designs do not fit their current marketing needs. This was an obvious disappointment to us but we will continue to look for and create the opportunities we need to reach a larger audience. In the mean time we will continue to refine our Website so that it has all the features our customers need.
Getting our Website to the point where it is now has been a challenge that was both costly and time consuming so I want to offer you some advice when looking for a website professional, and tell you why I will not hire anyone to build a complete site for me again.
3) Have a written contract: This can be simple or elaborate but it should always include
4) Be sure that you pay in in installments: Don't ever hand over full payment until you have exactly what you want in your hands. People respond to incentives, and if money is the the incentive for your Web site developer keep that carrot hanging out in front until the job is done. Yes, we made this mistake too. We assumed we were getting what we wanted and we had the money so we paid for our site in full before it was completed. This left us not only with a Web guy who was busy doing other things but also with a site that we hated.
5) Understand what you are paying for: Do a little research and figure out what how things are done. You may figure out that what you are being billed hours for takes only minutes. We were told that it took hours upon hours to upload p products to our shopping cart. I later discovered that with CSV files mass product uploads can happen in seconds. There are also sites that make creating your own website possible. Some of the more popular sites are:
A lot of these sites have free and pro versions. your individual needs will determine which you require. I myself have never had any web experience but I found weebly very intuitive and user friendly. Be sure to look at these sites (They are really a developers worst nightmare) before you pay someone to build a site for you. I can say honestly that I will probably never pay for a complete site build again because weebly was so easy to use. There may be certain elements you require that build your own sites will not offer. You can always pay a someone with programing knowledge to tweak your site and add the features you require. This will save you tons of money compared to them building from the ground up.
6) Know how to update your own site: A lot of developers will build your site in a way where you have to depend on them to post new content or make small changes. These maintenance fees can be costly and take more time to get done than you would like. You should always work it in to your agreement that updating content will be able to be done in away where you can do it yourself if you wish. This is another reason I love the do it yourself sites. They really do allow you to take control of your content by providing an easy way to post, change, and delete it at your convenience.
I have suffered frustration and payed too much money for not adhering to these these simple guidelines. For many of us with small businesses our Website is our primary marketing arm to customers all over the world. You need it to accomplish everything you require in a straight forward common sense manner. I hope these tips can help you along your journey.
CEO, Unity Design Concepts.
CEO, Unity Design Concepts