When you need a new website or need a new design, you need to outsource a web development company. This sounds easy. But is hard to follow. You need to get answers to many questions juggling your mind. And many will confuse you by advising too many ideas. But what you need to get started is just answers to few basic questions.
Today, I’ve shared some very common questions you must ask a web development company to start working on your website.
Will you do it yourself or forward it to some external body?
If they say “we hire freelancers or a third party to develop clients’ website”, you then don’t need them. It is just a burden on your head. You can hire a freelancer yourself. I’m not against freelancers but outsourcing your project to freelancers is just unreliable. And as for the second part, you’re already looking for a web development company, who could help you with your website.
So it is better to say bye-bye to these outsourcing services companies and look for another web developments company.
How much potential your company has to deal with your web development project?
This simply means to ask that company if they’ve enough workforce to work on your website. And don’t just rely on their words but visit them and have a peek into their team.
Many new or small sized organizations promise that they’ve enough employees to deal with your assignment. But as you outsource them, you then find yourself in a vortex of troubles. Your work keeps on delaying and the deadline never comes to the scene.
So to avoid any troubles like this, you must make sure that they have enough staff to work on your project.
So, how long you’ve been in business?
If you’re a risk taker, you can hire a new company. But if you can’t afford any risk, you don’t need to touch the new ones. Find a website development company already in the scene. Visit their website or ask for their projects. If it has been long since their appearance, they would have a strong portfolio and they’ll be smart enough to show it on their own website.
Still you need to ask this question and inquire in detail to satisfy your restless soul.
Have you worked on such a project as ours?
This is purely a question related to you. And you must have to make sure that the company under consideration has the potential to work on projects like yours. Even if they haven’t worked on projects as yours, if they have the potential, you can go with them.
What content management system you use?
WordPress, Drupal and Joomla, these are the three very common, renowned and widely use open-source content management systems (CMS). Each has its own benefit and use. Once you have a website or blog developed in a CMS, you can update the content later on yourself and save your cost of outsourcing a development company, again.
Although, all three of these are popular, but WordPress is the most used CMS among the three. WordPress is easy to use, even a non-technical can start using this. What CMS best serves your website, must be found out. Do a little research yourself before outsourcing WordPress developing company.
Do you provide a responsive website?
With more than 40% traffic coming from mobile users, it’s now imperative for any website to be responsive. A responsive design is one that fits-in all major browsers and devices, avoiding the unnecessary use of designs for different devices.
A responsive design might cost more than an ordinary website design, but if you compare the benefits you’ll get from a responsive website design, you’ll come to realize that it’s far better to have responsive website. Traffic will generate more, leading to sales generation and no need to have multiple designs for different devices. Plus, a responsive design is best considered under the hood of SEO.
What other services do you offer?
If you’re satisfied with them, do ask for additional services. You don’t only need a website, but you need to market it. You need SEO services, you need web content writing services, you need social media marketing services and perhaps you’ll also need some web application development services. If they suit your web development services, this doesn’t ensure that they’ll also suit in other web services. But it doesn’t hurt anyone of making some relevant queries.
Either you don’t want further services from them, you do need SEO, web content writing and internet marketing services.
How much will it cost?
For some cost is the major concern, while others go for the quality. You might get a low-cost web service, but then it’s most likely that you’ll have to compromise on the quality. And this you don’t want. Do ask and bargain, but don’t make this your number one priority. Having a website is like setting up your new business. You’ll have to bear some expenses or even have to make some losses in the beginning, but as the time passes and when you’re fair with your website, you’ll start generating business and you’ll be getting more than you expected.
Why ask too many questions?
Like I said, a website is like starting a new business. And when you’re going to start anything new, you’ll have to look at many things. Time to set up, the cost required, expertise you need, your goals and objectives. All these constitute in becoming the base of these questions. And don’t think that the web development company will feel bad about all these questions. It’s you who’s at stake and you have the right to get answers to all the doubts.
Be smart, be a pro and get a website worthy to stand among your competitors.