The market today is flooded with lots of web developers. There are no licensing norms in the field of web designing nor there is any barrier kept for entry into this field. Individuals and web developer companies are many. To select the most appropriate developer for your website is not an easy job. The skills and capabilities of developers are varied. Here are few very important tips to select developer as per your requirements.
Always it is beneficial to have specialized people working for you. Website development primarily consists of graphic design and programming. Website developers having expertise in both the aspects of web development are rare. When looking for developers better look for company that has different individuals working on these two aspects. In case the company has same individual working for both then its better to look into company's portfolio for more details.
Based on your requirements for your website, look into portfolios of those website development companies who have worked previously on websites that are similar to your needs. You can put faith on those web developers who have delivered similar types of website in the past. Simply having great website is not enough in present competitive scenario. The web developer to be selected should be well versed with search engine optimization. The development of your website has to focus on the marketing aspect. The better developed website will have higher ranking in the search results of search engines.
After completion of website development, your website is to be hosted. You should know who will host the developed website of yours. If website developer and web hosting company are different then in case of any problem encountered in making your website online will not be dealt properly since the two may accuse another for the problem being faced. It is always better to give responsibility of web hosting to your web developer so that any problem can be sorted out without wasting precious time.
It is always advantageous to have long term developer so that with passing of time whatever problems that you face can be taken care of. However you should make clear how you will be charged for maintenance and day to day problems that you come across with the web developer hired. The domain name has to be registered in your name or your company's name so that if you want to leave web hosting company in future that can be done without the assistance of your web developer. Also you need to keep copy of your website.
You should ask for references from developer and should find to call those references personally to know the feedback of the company to be hired for your web development work. You will have idea of how the web development company maintains relationship with its clients. The company with unprofessional attitude towards its customer needs to be avoided. The reliability of the website development company to be hired can be gauged.