Let’s be fair guys, finding web developers is easy. Need a web developer, just spend a few dollars on LinkedIn ads and boom, your inbox will start flooding with tons of emails of desperate developers hunting for projects. But hiring the right web developer who truly understands your goals and objectives is a different story. It’s more of like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolate “you never know what you are going to get.”
Setting up a website for your business is arguably one of the best ways of marketing. Web presence increases opportunities for any business and is also the need of the hour. Thanks to the plethora of web design templates, you can now have your own website without requiring too much of money and coding knowledge.
However, web design template may be cost-effective and a secure option but is a short term solution. Themes can only help you establish a quick online presence but soon as you start to get along with it; you will come to a point where the theme won’t be able to suffice your needs. Especially when you are working in a highly competitive niche i.e web design Dubai related business.
This is the point where you would require a web developer to create an appealing website that meets your tailored needs. But finding the right web developer may get a bit frustrating as it requires you to do a lot of research to determine the needs of your project and anticipate the required skills. Otherwise, you may end up spending thousands of dollars without getting the quality results.
How to Hire the Right web Developer
There are hundreds of web professional around. With each having specialty in a particular set of skills. This is the reason why business owners often find themselves at the crossroads deciding whom to trust with their objectives.
However, our team has derived six of the most important and determining factors to consider if you want to get the best web developers onboard.
Determine Your Project Needs
First of all, you need to understand that all business websites are not created the same way. The structure and design is subjective to the needs of your particular business and the objectives you aim to achieve with the website. Do some paperwork to calculate the needs and determine the business model of website.
Here are some pro tips,
- Understand the Niche of your business. Each niche has different scope. Either it’s a bookstore, pet store or even a consultancy agency; you have to figure out the specialized business niche.
- Understand the web development trends in your particular niche and what skills will be required to accomplish them.
- Understand your target audience. It is important for you to analyze and interpret the needs, demands, and expectations of target audience prior to the development process.
- Do research and lots of research and have a look at your competitor’s website to get more ideas.
- Determine the estimated time required and define a timeframe so that everything is on schedule.
- Determine what you want and what you don’t want.
- Anticipate potential obstacles and hurdles that may come in the way.
Determine the Required Skills
Once you determine your project needs, it will be quite easy to decide on the required skills. Competitors can help you out on this. Go to their website and explore them. Visit each and every page. We suggest you inspect every minor detail on competitor’s website. The objective is not to copy their ideas but is to examine the fundamental layout so that you have a better idea of required skill level. You can give a personalized touch to the whole thing.
There are many ecommerce platforms available, and developers can pick one for ecommerce web development. Top of the line platforms are Magento with its great extension like Magento 2 Product Attachments, WooCommerce, Shopify and PrestaShop. There are endless tutorials and helpful videos available on YouTube that will help you figure out which platform is good for your website. To determine the skills required, it is better that you have some basic understanding of these platforms.
Determine Budget and The Pricing Model
Determining the budget can be tricky. There are various pricing models available and wide range of options and elements to consider before planning the budget.
I will give you a brief insight into the three pricing models you can choose from,
✅ Time and Materials
I prefer this approach to keep things simple. This is because the billing is provided much like by accountants and lawyers. You can ask the developer for a blended rate that covers all the specialties, regardless of role and seniority. Services are provided proportionally to the time accrued by the agency and the agency bills on an hourly basis including the materials (proofs, supplied, copies, printing, etc) that are usually added with a 15-20% markup from cost.
✅ Flat Rate / Project Cost
Fixed price is the alternate approach. The cost of a project is determined by calculating the number of hours, goods and services regardless of time and materials. This is more convenient when the project has a definite scope and the agency you are going to choose has an experience of delivering a specific product sticking to the deadline. This model is rigid when it comes to innovation in the project, and the developer may refrain from experimenting new things because their goal is just to finish the project.
✅ Value-Based Pricing
This is the most advanced mode of pricing where you are charged for the value of the strategy or creative thinking. You pay for what you get. This means that the pricing is based on your goals and the value of the work delivered. Under this model, you no longer have to worry about the developers costs. The developer will focus more on the end product and its effectiveness rather than the productivity and limits to the project.
✅ Look at portfolio of Several web designers and Examples of Some prior Design
I will be sincere here. I personally believe that judging a developer based on the previous work is same as judging a book by its cover. Never make it the sole criteria for hiring. However, it is important to take a look at their portfolios and don’t mind contacting their previous clients to see if they are satisfied with the developers’ services.
Also, don’t obsess on education. I personally know businesses who have hired some great web developers by putting more emphasis on prior work as opposed to resume details or educational credentials. There are many great developers out there who may lack education in a formal collegiate setting. At the end of the day, it’s all about you and your business’s needs.
Here are some tips to filter out developers in your survey.
- Ask for samples relevant to your niche and projects with similar goals.
- Which ecommerce platform is his/her/zer specialty and what is their approach to usability
- Does he have the ability to build mobile applications for your project?
✅ Shortlist Top Three and Arrange a Meeting with Them
The hard part is almost done. Now are fully prepared to get out and interview the potential candidates. I suggest to shortlist top three that most closely match your needs. If you interview all of them, you will probably get confused. Scrutinize your list and select top three. Arrange meetings with them. Discuss different websites, brands, and business in your niche that could be taken as inspiration. Realize their key motivations. Also try to understand if they have any reservations or concerns with your approach to the project. And if you realize that their style and expertise may uncover unique design elements and is perfect for your business objectives, Congratulations, you have found the exact match.
✅ Understand the Contract
Contract is often taken for granted. When you agree on a contract, read it thoroughly and make sure that you understand everything it says. If the developer hasn’t created a formal contract, you can create one by yourself. This will ensure the transparency in the dealing and everything will be streamlined. Last but not the least; don’t forget to retain the ownership rights. It is important that you acquire the ownership rights of the assets as a part of working agreement.
Hiring the perfect web developer may appear to be a daunting task. However, with some little self-education, proper research, and a clear picture in your mind, you can easily find the perfect web developer for your project.