Top Ten Questions To Ask Your Website Developer

Here is a list of things to ask a website developer before you hire them to create a new website for you.  There are a lot of details that can affect the long term success of your website, and it’s important to make sure you have the right company working on your site before you make a long term commitment.

The more you know about a website company, the better your chances of a good return on your website investment.

1.  What kind of return on investment have you provided to previous clients? The most successful projects are the ones that are implemented over months and years, so it’s not just about the quantity of websites a company has built.  It’s about the quality and results they can deliver.

2.  What kind of programming language will you use? Make sure they are using a language that has been in widespread use more than a few months.  Some languages require proprietary software and special server specs to work correctly.

3.  Can my finished website can be moved to another server? If it can’t easily be moved to another server then you are not just committing to a website project; you are also committing to a long term hosting arrangement.  Keep in mind that many website development companies do not have support systems in place to manage ongoing hosting requirements.

4.  Does your quote include Search Engine Optimization? This is huge; it’s amazing how many sites I still see that have no meta tags, or even better the exact same meta tags on every page.  SEO is probably the single biggest factor in the overall perceived success or failure of a website project.

5.  Who will actually do the work on my project? Is it the person you are talking to or someone else in their office?  Maybe it’s someone in another country altogether.  You may not mind having your project outsourced but you should know ahead of time what you’re getting and what kind of response time you should expect.

6.  Have you used this design on any of your other projects? Not all designs have to be completely custom, but if you’re paying for a custom design you should know if it has been or will be recycled.

7.  What other projects are you working on right now? You should know whether they are at full capacity already or how many ways they will split their time until your project is complete.

8.  Where is your physical office? There is nothing wrong with a virtual office or an office in another part of the country as long as you know what you’re getting, but often times a company with physical space and full time employees might have a better system in place to ensure your satisfaction.

9.  How many of your clients from five years ago are still your clients? If the only projects on a developers portfolio are from the last few months, I’d like to know what happened to the older projects.

10.  Most importantly ask yourself – do I trust this person and company? Don’t underestimate your intuition.   There are a lot of variables in a website project but the right developer can guide you through it using the technology that is best for your unique needs.