You might be asking yourself why Smart Info Care taken the time to document these experiences and share them. It’s because I want to educate people on what happens when you hire the wrong website developer.
Let me give you some of my tips and suggestions for hiring a website developer that will deliver you best as per your requirment.
Have you research.
I only meet about 5% of our website development clients in person . We sell internationally so clients come from a variety of sources. The distance does not mean that the client cannot do his or her own.
Our smartest clients have done one or more of the following:
If you can’t locate information on your website developer outside of their own website, be suspect. Be very suspect because there is a reason they are flying under the radar.
Know that bargains are not really bargains.
This is a big one because we often find the source of website development disasters started with a discount, bargain, or sale.
Good website developers have full project calendars and they don’t need to offer discounts. They set a fare rate that aligns with their qualifications and experience.
When you find a developer who is eager to throw discounts out, they are racing to the bottom and doing so because they have to reduce prices to survive.
The discount will end up being paid to another developer who will clean up the code the first developer botched.
It happens time and time again. No one wants to clean up someone else’s dirty code. When we do, it takes us a lot longer than it should which means the client pays a lot more than they would have if they simply started with a quality coder at the beginning.
Create Documentation of your project and define your expectations.
If I have a prospect who cannot document their needs or provides short answers, I have red flags going off in my head that cannot be quieted. This is because I need to understand your project to be able to quote it and deliver to it to your level of satisfaction.
If the prospect cannot or is unwilling to define their needs, it makes it difficult for me to deliver what is required for project success. I’m happy to help define these needs together, but I need cooperation and an active participant.
Expect a lot of questions.
I ask a lot of questions. To the point that I know. But I do this with purpose.
The more questions I ask, the more I understand what the prospect needs and wants. This means I can have clear expectations defined for my team on what steps are needed to deliver during design and development.
Without questions, I’m forced to make assumptions. Assumptions are never good, because they can be incorrect. And when assumptions are incorrect, someone is left with disappointment.
Stop hiring friends of friends and family and relatives.
Just because your relative took one college class in HTML, this doesn’t mean he can design and code a fully functional website that can support the sales for a business.
He may be free, but you’ll pay dearly for this relationship. And that pay will be financially and emotionally based.
Friends and family do not make good developers, designers, or webmasters.
Keep business as business and family as family.
Know what you’re being given and ask questions until you are confident on final deliverables.
There is a lot of confusion between a truly custom website designed by a professional graphic artist and a stock website theme that a coder is customizing.
Website owners frequently believe they are receiving a fully custom website when they are really receiving a $90 website template that someone customized with a plugin. Remember denial above? One example.
Daniel thought he was receiving a custom website built just for him. What he really received was a $90 theme that someone modified with a page builder plugin and then charged her $40,000.
We’ve heard stories of this happening to government entities, but that $40,000 jumps to $2,000,000.
Who would do that you ask? Lots of people and it is maddening.
Don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of WordPress implementers who customize off the shelf themes for clients and they create great, low cost websites. I’m thrilled these professionals exist, because they offer a great service at a lower cost point.
The issue is when website owners are told they are receiving custom and they’re really given someone else’s website design that was simply tweaked a bit.
Know what you’re being quoted and specifically ask if you are receiving a custom website or a stock theme. The price point between the two will be thousands to tens of thousands of dollars, so it is important for you to know exactly what you are paying for and receiving.