7 Tips for Hiring a Website Developer
With the growing importance of having a solid presence online, selecting a website developer may be one of the more important hires you make. The company or individual you choose with greatly impact how your company is viewed online, as well as, influence your company’s ability to succeed online. Failing to hire a strong fit could negatively impact your business and possibly waste time and money as you seek to find a replacement.
Hopefully, the following tips will help you navigation through the process of selecting a website designer:
1. Personality Matters
Not every website developer is going to be a good fit, and surprisingly it will have more to do with how well they fit your business personality than their experience in developing and designing websites. While you don’t want to completely discard their experience (or lack of), finding someone you can communicate well with will increase the probability of having a good experience and finding a possible long-term partner to work with as your business grows. Look at the characteristics you encourage within your company and determine if the person you’re hiring as your website developer fits.
Often, personality matches can get you much further quicker than simply hiring a developer with niche experience for your industry. Many of the “dental website” developers seem to fall more into routine style development, rather than really getting into the personality of a dentist office when designing and creating content for the website.
Make a list of Personality Priorities you are looking for in a website developer. Are they driven? Are they flexible? Do they work well with a team? Make sure the developer you hire matches up with at least more of these characteristics than not. Be creative in how you determine personality matches so it won’t be easy for them to fake.
2. Aptitude and Agility may Trump Specific Skill Sets
In the ever evolving world of online development, knowledge of one platform or another could make certain skills obsolete. Take a look at FLASH designed websites, for example. While extremely technical and beautiful, it’s an art form being abandoned in web development due to the direction technology and users have dictated. If the developer is agile and flexible in their approach to developing websites, they’ll be more likely to assist your company through phases of growth and development/programming requirements to succeed online.
A few questions you could ask to help determine if they’re flexible or not might be: