Did you know there are over 1.92 billion live websites?

With all that competition out there, it’s no wonder there’s so much talk about website optimisation and SEO strategies.

But before you worry about getting your website to that #1 position, you first have to launch the site. If you lack the technical know-how to do it yourself, your best bet is to hire a website developer.

What should you look for when hiring a web developer? Here are five key points to keep in mind.

1. Focus on Work Ethic

Past experience is certainly something to consider–and we’ll get to that in a moment.

But before you judge someone based solely on their CV, keep in mind that a person’s work ethic is often more important than their experience. More importantly, that person’s work ethic needs to align with your own.

Is your company fast-paced and driven by tight deadlines? Or do you take a more laid-back approach to time management? Whatever the answer, look for a website developer who displays similar traits.

2. Consider Past Experience

Of course, you also need to consider what the developer has done in the past. Again, it’s more about matching your business to similar work the developer has already done.

As an example, a web developer who’s worked mostly with large corporations may not be an ideal fit for a small startup.

Why not? Startups usually require workers who are adaptable and not afraid of taking risks–traits that may have been frowned upon in the corporate world.

3. Start with a Small Project

What should you do if you think you’ve found the right web developer?

Before you hand over your entire website, offer a small (not incredibly important) project to start. Notice the developer’s work habits, speed, and attention to detail.

How do you feel about the final result? If you don’t love it, chances are you won’t love your website either.

4. Make Sure They Stay Current

Let’s face it–in today’s world, what’s here today is gone tomorrow. Skills that were necessary a few years ago have become obsolete by new technology.

Nowhere is this truer than in the world of technology. Finding a skilled web developer is important, but is he or she staying on top of the latest trends? Do they regularly attend conferences, take classes, or study new programming languages?

If not, that developer will soon become obsolete–and so will your website.

5. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Anyone can answer yes or no questions or do a quick Google search for trivial facts.

To find the right website developer, you need to dig a little deeper. How well can they explain technical terms? Do they seem passionate about their work, or is it just something they do to pay the bills?

Ask about how they handled conflicts in a past position or what their ideal job would look like. The answers will provide valuable insight into whether that person is the right fit for your company.

Final Thoughts on Finding a Website Developer

By considering these points, you should be able to hire a website developer that will meet (and exceed) your expectations.

Here at Expect Best, we offer an array of website development and design services.

We invite you to learn more about us and then reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to working with you!

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