Selecting the right vendor is an important decision for any business, but most particularly for small and medium sized organizations. Whether the site would be a basic presence or a highly functional tool, an investment will have to be made. Furthermore, a firm is likely to be working with the web developer for the long term for support, service, and future website expansion and for delivering other services such as social media, search engine optimization and email marketing.
The following are some of the guidelines in choosing the right web development service provider.1. Responsiveness - this is very important both on the web development process and more so after launching the site. One should determine how fast the vendor responds to initial inquiry and if they are timely in returning client calls.
2. Portfolio and references - the vendor's portfolio should be chock-full of original projects and each should be able to meet the unique requirements of the client. Moreover, a service provider should be willing to share references regarding your past and current projects.
3. Interpretation and listening skills - nothing is more important than having a web vendor who asks the right questions and digs deeper still to make sure what a customer wants and what it says it wants are the same thing. A good web developer will spend time to ensure that the website is developed in adherence to the business goals of the company and the functionality is fully thought out and works with the website as a whole.
4. Ability to suggest willingness and functionality - the web partner should be willing to tell the client if something is a bad idea and explain why. Moreover, the vendor should keep up with the changes in web technology and should serve as the trusted guide throughout the process of development to ensure that one is using the best practices and the best functionality for the certain business requirements.
5. Detailed and solid contract - a lengthy contract reflects assurance that what a company is paying for is well spelled out and to ensure there will be no misunderstandings. There are a lot of details of the law which should be addressed when there is intellectual property involved. The contract should delineate the project details, timelines ownership, payment terms and more.
6. Size and structure of the company - it is important to make certain that the potential firm not only have enough people on staff but there should be commitment to ensure the level of service the customer wants is actually delivered.