Meeting the development team – what to expect

Once you have thought out your ideas and prepared your brief, you need to find your website designers and developers.

Of course, we hope that Alberon will be your perfect match (take a peek at our work for an impressive range of clients!). But seriously, we do recommend that you look around to find websites that you feel are effective in their market and then find out who’s behind them. Usually they will be credited on the site. If not, you could get in contact with the business itself and ask them who’s behind their build.

 

Having made your selection or shortlist it is time to meet. Just remember:

  • We may be geeks. But don’t be scared – remember, we really are human beings! First thing to know is that generally we are used to all kinds of different business types and organisations. So, we should be pretty quick on the uptake and guide you through the meeting to fully cover your brief.
  • We talk the same language. You might be worried about jargon and ‘tech’ talk. Good web developers (like the friendly guys at Alberon) will tone this down and speak in plain English. If there is anything you don’t understand, ask questions and think of it as an opportunity to learn some new stuff!
  • We are a team. The process is collaborative. At the first meeting, it is likely that all the interested parties will be involved. The aim of this meeting is for the project team – the project manager, website designer and developer – to understand as much as possible about your organisation, your goals and the audiences that you are trying to reach.

 

The account or project manager. If your requirements are complex the project manager will build a specification document that provides an outline of what will be developed.

Usually it is easy to spot the difference between a designer and a developer (you could say it is a question of style!) but the important part here is what they actually do during a project.

Meet Myriam, one of the project managers at Alberon.

The web designer. The role of the web designer is pivotal in getting the best result.  The web designer is responsible for how your website will look and feel across multiple screen sizes and importantly how it will be navigated by your user…the user journey.  A frustrating user journey will hugely affect the effectiveness of the website and all that it is trying to do and portray.  Very often the web designer will have a mixture of developer skills and vice versa.

Meet Christian, the web designer at Alberon.

The developers. The bigger the web company the more it is likely there will be a division in roles. In a small company or project, it is possible that one developer is responsible for all development.  In larger companies and more complex projects there could be a front end and a back end developer working on your website.

The front end developer will code the Photoshop designs into HTML pages ready to be integrated into the content management system or website framework.

The back end developer is responsible for building all the functionality that the designer has dreamt up for your website.  For example, a slideshow or gallery of images, a calendar or a contact form.

Meet Dave, one of Alberon’s senior developers.

If you would like to discuss a new website or bespoke software solution, get in touch for a consultation meeting through the contact form, by email hello@alberon.co.uk or pick up the phone on 01865 794009.

About Alberon

We have been designing and building bespoke software solutions and websites for organisations in Oxford for over 12 years, helping them to work more effectively and realise their full potential.

Our friendly, highly experienced team of web designers and software developers are dedicated to helping our clients achieve the outcomes they want. From web design and development, to complex software solutions, we apply our creative and technical know-how to deliver the perfect solution.


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