What you should have prepared before you contact a web developer

The average business person and most other people do not know or understand web design and development like they should, before purchasing such services. When they decide to outsource the development of their website to professionals, they are not completely aware of what goes into web development and might end up misunderstanding the developers or spending much more than what is required. It is always better to know a little about web development yourself so that you can understand its dynamics and the work that will go into it. Here are a few things to consider the next time you approach a web developer:

  1. Know exactly what you want and have a plan: It is very important to know your requirements before you begin even looking for a developer and explain to them exactly how you want your website to function and display. Sometimes, you may not be clear in communicating what you need and desire, this simply wastes time and efforts over things going wrong. It is always better to have a clear image of what you want from your site and be able to explain your needs to them perfectly.
  2. The process of web design: Different professionals may have a different approach to their work, but the few common things that go into web design are always the same. Common to the development pipeline are things such as: Mock-ups of the User Interface (UI) is always the first step and is made by a designer with tools like Photoshop, Sketch, etc. It is then brought into life by a front-end developer who codes the website with HTML, CSS, Javascript and other popular frameworks like Bootstrap, Angular.js, etc. If the website is dynamic in nature, a back-end developer then codes the Content Management System and server sided requirements of the project.
  3. Seek revisions during the mock-up phase: If you are not satisfied with the overall visual output, tell the designer honestly what you feel about it. You are spending good money for the service, so you need to be as specific as possible. Never settle with what is already done if you don’t like it, seek revision until you completely get what you want visually. It is important for you to let the developers know your feedback on the visual aspect of your site, you should give your own insights to make it better. But, don’t restrict their creativity, try to support them and let them do it their own way, since they are the professionals and may know things better suited to your overall goals.

So before you contact a web developer for your next project, keeping these things in mind shall certainly help make better decisions and help you to appreciate the work they do for you.