6 things to check before hiring a web development company

We don’t need to tell you that a good website can work wonders for a business. But to get to that point, you need a good development company you can rely on to deliver a secure and effective website. So where to do you start? We have outlined a few things that are worth checking before you select the developer to build your next website.

1. Do they outsource their development work?

  • Finding a business with an in-house team of developers helps to minimise the risk that you will not be left high and dry with an unfinished, unsupported website or software solution.
  • Being able to speak directly to the developer actually doing the work, instead of having someone pass messages back and forth, helps to minimise errors.
  • Having a team of developers available means that there is plenty of support to get the project finished and ensures an element of consistency should the lead developer become unavailable.

2. What companies have they worked for?

Looking at their client list will tell you who else they work with and the types of websites have they designed and built. Don’t focus too much on the design – that may have been dictated by the client, but instead on the functionality included.
  • How does it compare to what you want to include on your website. How well does it work?
  • Check the reviews from customers who have worked with the company, or ask to speak to a few customers directly. This will give you a really good view of what they are like to work with and if they would be a good fit for your business.

3. How long have they been around?

Are they a stable, established company that are likely to still be around in the next few years? Creating a new website is just the first step. To remain effective and secure, a website needs to evolve and be regularly updated – you don’t want to be left stranded after a project has finished without any support.
  • Find out what their capabilities are to update, support and maintain the website once it is launched.
  • Check what their hosting provision is like – does it include security updates and backups?

4. Do they have their own servers?

If they are hosting your website, but don’t own their own servers, they will have less control over the security policies, the amount of bandwidth that is available and the number of websites hosted per server. These considerations can impact the security and speed of your website, both of which impact your user experience.

5. What’s their security policy when building websites?

You don’t want to be left with a website that may look great, but is full of gaping holes for hackers to exploit. Poor coding can leave security holes in your website and the first time you are aware of this could be when your website has been compromised.

Find out what their security policy is and what practices they have in place to help minimise this risk.

6. Do they consider SEO when building a website?

You may have the best website in the world, but if no-one can find it then it won’t do you much good. With 60% of web visitors coming from search engines, doing everything you can to appear in the search results is important. Your web building company may not provide SEO services, but if they are building websites, they do need to consider SEO from a technical point of view during the build process. Find out what SEO tools they include and what specific tasks do they undertake to achieve this.

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