Tips on Picking the Right Guys When Outsourcing Your Web Development Services

Stories from forums and blog posts abound about people who have had negative experiences working with third-party web developers. Outsourcing website development projects do bring a lot of benefits to clients, but some communication problems and ill will of a few unscrupulous “web developers” have stained the reputation of this noble industry. In order to avoid falling victim to any of these misdeeds, purposefully done or not, it is important to be informed and prepared. When hiring your next web developer be vigilant, keep communication lines open and be clear and firm about your expectations and goals. It is up to your discretion too whether to allow a little bit of flexibility in agreements about deadlines and payments or to be strict.

Here are some valuable tips on picking the right guys when outsourcing your website development services:

Ask for recommendations. Getting references from trusted sources such as family, friends and colleagues will save you time and decrease the risk of running into problematic developers. If you can find more than two voices from among your loved ones that support a particular development company, then you can conclude that they (that particular company) are safe. It is still worth checking out the other recommendations, of course, but you will need to do more probing when you contact them.

View their portfolios. Portfolios will give you a clue about the kind of work a development company can provide you. Browse on your computer the websites showcased in the portfolio. See if you like the designs, the loading times and if you think they have achieved the goal set by the owners. Ask for the numbers or e-mail addresses of those clients whose websites appear in the portfolio and ask them about their experience and their satisfaction levels. Contact more than two clients if you can. If the web development company refuses to give their clients’ contact details, you can move on to the next.

Competencies. When you contact a web programing company, ask about their staff. It is better to go for one that has specialists in one or two areas of a website development project. This way you will know that each segment of your website will get appropriate attention, and that you will have subject matter experts dealing with these segments. Depending on the size of the project, a web Programing team may consist of a designer, an analyst, a programmer/s, web marketing specialists and other important positions.

If you know a bit about the programming languages and tools used in web development, the better. Some of the most widely used technologies are Php, the Microsoft.Net Framework, AJAX, XAML and jQuery. Ask if they are up-to-date as well in these technologies.

Other services. Due to intense competition, websites these days have to be search engine-optimized. This means that a website has to be able to figure near the top of search engine pages when its associated keyword is searched. Your chosen web development company should be offering this service as well.

Additionally, there are companies who provide their own web hosting services. They are normally able to bundle it with their web programing services and offer it to you at a lower price than what you would get if you have your website hosted by someone else.