Web Developer, our 6 Tips to sign up for one

Web Developer, our 6 Tips to sign up for one
Web Developer, our 6 Tips to sign up for one

Even if networking a website has become child's play thanks to the innumerable creation software in drag & drop , we cannot fail to recognize the real value of the skills of a Web Developer when we have no time and we want a professional result for the our business. In fact, having a website is totally useless if it is not visible, has no traffic and does not allow an excellent "user experience". So forget the free sites or a few euros!

But who is the Web Developer? This is not the classic "geek" who has learned to put together two internet pages (although many have started like this, at the dawn of the World Wide Web), but of a professional specialized in creating applications that work in a http environment (Hyper Text Transfer protocol), to understand that four-digit acronym that is automatically filled in by the browser when we type the name of the site we want to visit. An excellent website increases the reputation of your brand and your online company so it becomes essential to hire a very well-prepared Web Developer to create the site you need.

This professional figure is divided into two broad categories:

  • The front end developer that creates the look of the site, or web pages using different programming languages ​​such as JavaScript, HTML, CSS, PHP, Phyton and so on

  • The back end developer that creates the site architecture, the code databases that represent all the functions that the site will have to have when the user will take any action while browsing.

If you are having difficulty in creating your website or your company's website, contacting a Web Developer is the best choice and it repays the investment by far.

How do I choose the right Web Developer? 6 Tips for finding the ideal freelance
If you have ever found yourself in the position of having to hire someone, you will know that the curriculum does not always give you the confirmation that a particular professional is the one for you. Even if it allows you to discard a priori those people you don't think you're preparing, how do you choose the right freelance between two apparently similar professionals?

Entrusting the job to the wrong person is a problem that many of us have had to find a solution to. We cannot guarantee that they are a guarantee of success, but we also want to provide you with the assessments to be made on each professional in order to increase the chances of finding the right one.

1) Make a selection of the sites you like (and those you don't like)
The first thing to keep in mind is what you want to get from your site (and what you don't want). Take a look at those sites that you like design, graphics and features. Ideally, they should also be those sites that host millions of views with a very large audience: it means that the formula of that site works!

Select the ones you like for their graphics, the ones you prefer for their functions and the ones you prefer because they offer a fun user experience. Do you want a modern site with animations? Or do you prefer a simple and immediate traditional site? Do you think it will have to be updated many times in the years to come? These are all elements that will provide the practitioner with a basis of judgment to know how to create your project.

2) Check the professional's portfolio
Once you have a list of potential Web Developers, check on each of their sites for their portfolio that is all the jobs they have already done in the past, to be able to assess whether the freelance style is the one for you. 

If you don't find the portfolio on the website, don't be afraid to ask the developer directly. With the proofs of their work in hand it will be easier to choose the right one.

3) Ask for references and contact old customers
If the portfolio with the creations shows you what the developer can do, the references will help you understand how you work with that particular freelance. Ask for references from customers who have already worked with him and to show you the work he has done for them. Then contact them to find out if the freelance works well, if he respects the deadlines, if he provides feedback over the time needed to complete the project and if his old customers would trust him again for other projects of the same type.

The references will be your "mouth of truth" exposing those freelancers who may know how to sell very well but whose result leaves much to be desired or by showing you a true professional who will make you sleep soundly.

4) Determine your budget
Defining a realistic budget is one of the most important assessments to make when deciding to delegate the work to a Web Developer. Creating your site can involve an expense that can be paltry, but can also reach several thousand euros, depending on the type of design, number of pages and specific features. It depends on what your requests are and how the professional usually invoices, whether by project or by hours.

Always keep in mind the budget you can spend and ask for general guidelines to every Web Developer you use. The closer your budget is to the professional price range, the better. Otherwise, if the difference is too large and cannot be filled, move on to the next.

5) Make sure you meet the deadlines
When you find freelancers, you spend time talking to them and make sure you list in detail what you want to achieve, any changes you need to make and, above all, the time frame within which the project must be completed.

For larger projects define together with the professional intermediate objectives, indicating what must be done by a certain date to complete phase 1, then the next deadline for phase 2 and so on until the end of the project. This will allow you to have full control over the job even if delegated to an external professional and will avoid misunderstandings that could lead to delays and errors.

6) Make sure you sign a non-disclosure agreement
The world is full of ideas, with ideas one cannot eat and what matters is execution. All intelligent sentences and with a foundation of truth but when we talk about running a project, the most overlooked part is certainly the signing of a non-disclosure agreement with the Web Developer who is not the owner of the idea and who therefore cannot nor share it with third parties or reuse it for future projects.

In conclusion
We have understood very well, which are the salient points to verify when we rely on a freelance Web Developer. As we discussed at the beginning of the article, some people decide to do everything by themselves and rely on preset CMS or drag & drop software. Usually losing only time with low quality results. Who needs a professional site and has no time to waste with updates and changes relies on a professional.

We do not mean that the DIY strategy is wrong, despite this we suggest that you entrust your company to an expert freelance to avoid unpleasant surprises and find yourself having to close your site because it is unstable and malfunctioning. Trust one of our Web Developers and you will understand why we support this!

Author Bio:
Andrew Blen is a graphic designer for 7 years. Andrew is currently working as a typographic expert in Video Production Company In Dubai. He is a self-motivated and hardworking professional presently residing in London. He has worked for many reputable companies gaining a diversified experience of creative designing and illustration.