Today, most businesses want a website. Some already have one. Want others. They don’t like to hire IT staff and probably can’t afford anyone.

And in most cases, internal IT staffing, especially for your typical small business, is not necessary. However, this does not mean that you will be forced to use the cookie cutter website or that the private frontpage will be used. You can hire a web developer / designer to create a professional website for you, set it up, and assign you what you want to do with it. But, how do you find someone to do this with? What should you look for? There are thousands of companies / individuals out there who have their website. How do you choose from this large group?

What do you want?

Deciding what you want on your website is the first step. This is important because it determines what the requirements are and what skills your web developer will tailor to meet your needs. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

* What kind of information do you want on your site? How big a site (#pages) did you edit?

* Does your site need regular updates? Want to update this yourself?

* Do you participate in e-commerce on this website?

* Do you need a database?

* How fast should you work?

* How much is your budget?

Start your search

Doing a web search for those who have the skills needed for your website will give you a humble list of possible options.

Referrals are often the best way to get people out. If anyone recommends a developer, they are happy with the service provided to them. So, if someone recommends a developer to you, you should look at that developer and see if you have the skills you need from them.

Often, the web developer you are following is not in your city. In today’s day and age, this is usually not a problem. Yes, there are times when a face-to-face meeting is really beneficial, and if you think such a meeting is too important, you should limit your search to developers within driving distance to your location. Otherwise, the internet and phone system will provide you with all communications regardless of distance.

The first thing to consider when considering a developer is to look at their website.

* Is the website well designed and attractive?

* Isn’t it easy to navigate?

* Are there any broken links?

* Is the information complete (employee contact, company positions, contact methods, etc.)?

* Does the site load quickly?

* Have a portfolio? (Important. Developer who does not have portfolio to display Remember the whole question. People in Doritos don’t know if they’re good for breakfast because they are trying to figure things out)

* What skills does the developer have? Are they designing alone, or are they developing dynamic web development and databases? Also, make sure they do not promote themselves as web designers, but mainly focus on print media.

Internet design and print design are different ballparks with different requirements. Note that a good use of Dreamweaver or FrontPage is not a web designer. Check your portfolio and make sure the developer really knows his stuff.

A person who specializes in internet development does not know how to build a site, but must manage, market and promote it. Ideally, the web developer has successfully done the above on their sites

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