How to tell professional from amateur when searching for a developer

An appealing, attractive and professional website is one of the most important and effective tools that a business can use to attract new customers. Not only do you want your website to provide all the information that a potential customer might be searching for, but also you must consider elements of design, usability, software compatibility, search engine optimization, and more. How easy will it be for customers to find and use your website? How challenging will it be for you to update your site as your business transforms and grows? Hiring the right web design firm will mean the difference between success and failure. So, how do you tell a reputable developer from a not-so-reputable one? I’ve compiled a few tips to keep in mind that will help ensure you find the right firm to meet your company’s unique web design needs:


  • Tip 1: First off, if you see the words “programming rock star,” or “web design wizard,” this is a loud warning, a red flag for a developer that should be avoided. Professional web design and development doesn’t take a “rock star” or a “wizard”- it takes programming skill, design skill, and a host of other skills, not a single one of them having to do with rock stardom or wizardry.
  • Tip 2: You get what you pay for. While you can certainly hire high school kids and hobby dabblers to whip you up a website over the course of a weekend, is it worth trusting your business to the inexperienced? When it comes to web development, you get what you pay for, and while more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better, you should expect to pay a professional rate to a professional company.
  • Tip 3: Do your research. A website is an essential investment for your business. Take the time to research different firms until you find one that feels right. Don’t choose a company that makes you feel pressured. A good development firm lets its work speak for itself, and you can trust people who keep a steady flow of clients happy. Talented developers know their skill and worth,  so they won’t need to push you into making a rushed decision.

I hope these few tips are somewhat helpful in your search for the perfect web developer for your business! As always, feel free to contact us with any further questions. We are always looking to help first time buyers make the right decisions regarding their web development needs.