No matter what type of business you have these days, if you want to increase the potential of it, you need a website. In fact, just having a website is not enough, you need to take care of certain factors like UI/UX design, modules, loading time, speed, themes, templates, functions and features, marketing strategy, etc. To handle all these things, definitely you need the best and reliable web development service provider.
Table of Content
- 1. Quality of company processes
- 2. Quality matters even though price is high
- 3. Industry specific experience can be very important
- 4. Compare companies & their pricing to get attractive offers
- 5. Portfolios & Testimonials are the Best to Identify
- 6. Focus on the functionality and ease of use
- 7. Ask for Past Client References
- 8. Make sure company create the site in-house and not outsourcing it to a third party
- 9. Ensure proper website security through firewalls, CDNs and proper response plans
- 10. Verify experience and the quality of the work
- 11. Understands the Concept of SEO
- 12. Must have Problem solving skills
- 13. Every form of fruitful partnership centers around good contact
- 14. Website Design & Fonts are Enough to Judge
- 15. Don't forget: After sales support
- 16. Various important tips to look for in any web development company
- 16.1. Check portfolio of the company
- 16.2. Check Online Reviews
- 16.3. Check Their Knowledge
- 16.4. Unique Ideas
- 16.5. Ask for Reference
- 16.6. Understand Their Process
- 16.7. Check After Support
- 16.8. Define your priorities
- 16.9. Specify your needs
- 16.10. Study portfolio
- 16.11. Talk to the previous clients
- 16.12. Hosting and support price
- 16.13. Ask about SEO
- 17. Conclusion
Although there were many, still it has become difficult to choose the best one.Therefore, considering their track record in the market, clients, previous projects, resource team, premise, security efforts, etc. you can easily find a reliable web development company for building your business website.
Quality of company processes
“Every client should ask themselves the following question: is this agency focused on creating a business tool that will be genuinely useful for my business, or is the agency focused on delivering just a piece of HTML and CSS to satisfy the form?
Here is my one best tip that always separates the good from the bad: clients can recognize a good web development agency by the quality of their processes .Good agencies apply the 'planning first' approach to building a website. That means that they spend enough time on getting to know the client and their business, discovering their true needs, anddeciding how those needs should translate to website features. Compare thatto what bad agencies do, and that is jump straight to designing and coding, which may prove to be a recipe for disaster in some cases. Good agencies start with something they might call a discovery phase, website planning phase, client profiling phase, research phase, and similar - because what they're building is not a website, they're building a business tool that happens to be a website. A good agency will use that initial time to understand how their client does business offline in order to make business happen online. This phase is usually followed by creating and gathering content, and only then can the design and coding begin.”
- VisnjaZeljeznjak, Website Development Consultant & Website Copywriter at Logit internet services Ltd.
Quality matters even though price is high
“When it comes to web development, cheaper does not equal better! Search around for someone who isn't afraid to charge a little more for their quality, but make sure they aren't swindling you either. When you discuss, they should have a clear timeline with clear deliverables, and clear times for approval built in. Quicker and cheaper is usually never the way to go when it comes to your website, but do the research to make sure your website will get to development when discussed, and that their price is fair.”
- Cody Warren from Hook Agency
“There are lots of development companies in different developing parts of the world and you may be attracted to the low hourly rates, but there islots more going on. First, you need to pick someone dependable with great references - ideally references from a company you know. Second, you need to make sure they’ve already developed a website or an app in your niche and that they won’t “wing it” with your project. Finally, make sure to have an expert look over the code they write every now and then because when they finish, they could leave unusable code that no one else can continue working on.”
- Petra Odak, Chief Marketing Officer at Better Proposals
Industry specific experience can be very important
“Industry specific experience can be very important. Having a person who has experience in building websites in your industry can give them the extra knowledge to understand what exactly you want, as well as what exactly will actually work. This can make them an extrmely useful asset when in the initial stages, where discussion between yourselves, them and a designer are taking place - it is often very easy to get seduced by the beuatiful visuals of design, so having a developer there who has this knowledge and who can keep you informed of potential aspects that may make your website fall flat is extremely beneficial.”
- Andrew Roderick, CEO of CreditRepairCompanies.com
“When we selected our contractor for our web development needs, the first thing we asked them to present is their portfolio that is close to the industry we are in. There are plenty of web development companies around who carry a long list of successful projects to showcase but anything remains useless unless they know about our industry. That being said, if you're an eCommerce startup, look for an agency that has worked with a lot of startups; if you're into finance, make sure to find someone that has worked with banks or other finance-related firms. The more experience they have in a niche industry, the better you'll know what trends are being made to keep you up-to-date in terms of your website UX and UI.”
- Michael Hammelburger, CEO at Expense Reduction Group
Compare companies & their pricing to get attractive offers
“Always compare companies, even if it means working with a company from abroad. Very often you might find that their pricing points are more attractive with better work done on the website. There are hundreds of businesses out there, it shouldn't be up to you who you want to work with but who wants you the most. You are in the driving seat, don't be pressured into doing business with a company that demands more from you than you're willing to pay.”
- Daniel Foley, Director of Assertive Media
Portfolios & Testimonials are the Best to Identify
“Simple way to choose the right company is: Take a look at the actual projects they have done, their portfolio. If they don't showcase one, ask for a list. Then randomly call and talk to one or two of them. How did the cost of the project compare to the quoted budget? How was their communication during the process? Did they finish in a timely manner?”
- Rob Delory, Digital Marketer at Seortp.com
“One really important thing to do when choosing a web development firm is to ask to be put in touch with existing clients. It’s really easy for web designers to put together an impressive portfolio of sites, but it’s not only about the initial design. You need to know how the company handles updates, day-to-day problems and after-sales support. Many web development companies are REALLY bad like this, so it’s sensible to seek testimonials from existing, long-term clients.”- Ben Taylor, Founder of Homeworkingclub.com
“Before choosing a web development company, you need to decide on the type of website you want to launch. There are several types you can go for: CMS-based site, web portal, e-commerce, static site, etc.
Once you picked your website type, think about technology specifications. Because if you have one, it could be a significant factor when choosing a web development company. You will need to find a company that is proficient in that technology stack.
Nothing can give you more information about a web development company than their portfolio. Their past projects speak for themselves and give you a clear idea of the types of websites the company has created.
Once you picked several companies, get in touch with them, and outline your requirements. In return, before deciding which company to choose, ask them for the draft project plan and development approach. Ask what support they provide before, during, and after the development. No matter how good the final website is, you will need help in the future to change, improve, and solve potential issues.”
- Dan Kelly, Founder & Senior Partner of The Negotiator Guru
“Look at who the company has worked in with the past and take a look at their website. You'll be able to see what sort of work you can expect fromthe development company, every site is different so you will need to have aclear thought of what you want it to look like, pitch your ideas to the developers and compare pricing points from a number of companies, you should never go with the first one you see. It's all about business.”
- Jase Rodley, Founder/CEO of Jaserodley.com
“To check if a company is really what it claims to be, ask them for their portfolio of websites that they've built. Pick a few of them and open them in separate tabs in your browser. See how quickly they load, how do they look and feel in terms of UI and UX (User Interface & User Experience). Finally, go to the Google PageSpeed test and check how fast they load, because page-speed is one of the ranking factors, according to Google”
- Umar from Confusingtech.com
“Choosing the right web development company isn’t a one size fits allequation. It is very important to understand what a business or project is hoping to gain from having a site or tool or app developed before shopping for a firm. That notwithstanding, there are some general rules that apply to choosing a web development firm.
Any firm worth its salt should have a strong portfolio of live products, if not actual case studies that demonstrate their expertise at what they do. Look for a development firm with an established history and a proven track record of satisfied clients and strong reviews. Finally, take the time to know how a potential firm has performed at both the local and national levels. The more experiences that firm has accumulated, the more likely they are to be able to meet your unique needs.”
- Darryl Smith, Founding Partner at Florida Car Accident Lawyer Team
“The best way to choose a web development company is to have a referral and a sample from the company that you are interested in. Ideally, you know that they are professional and timely because you were referred to them and they have a portfolio that fits your needs. They could just have a portfolio that you like, but you won’t have a gauge on their professionalism in a work environment. On the other hand, you may have a referral but you don’t like their samples, so it may not be worthwhile to get them to create something closer to what you want. Therefore, work with a web development company once you get a referral from someone you trust and have checked out the company and like what’s shown on their website. Simply keep looking and asking around until you get that combination.”
- Dayana Mayfield from Pitchandprofit.com
“To choose the best web development company, it's important to:
Select a company with a broad portfolio displaying different types of websites, discuss the scope of the project before signing a contract, find a company that has great reviews online. Prioritize professionalism and communication over artistry: your website should look great, yes. But it's important that it functions and performs as you need it to. You want to work with a team that will meet deadlines and stay under budget.”
- Katie Zillmer, Account Director at KitelyTech
Focus on the functionality and ease of use
“It’s time to become a portfolio private eye, and with most developer companies proud to showcase their work, you can easily find a back catalogue of previous creations to snoop through. I'm making it sound a lot more sinister than it needs to, but checking back catalogues is pretty common practice, and essential to finding out exactly what the compnay are capable of. When going through the back catalogue, avoid getting distracted by great visuals, and instead focus on the functionality and ease of use to find out if this web developer company is right for you.”
- Daniel Foley, Director of Daniel Foley
Ask for Past Client References
““Ask for Past Client References” . All established web development companies have previous clients. It is a great way to contact their clients and ask about their experience. In case old clients are satisfied with the services provided, then partnering with this agency is a good decision. If past clients are not satisfied, you should look for other options. A short interview with the previous clients allows you to receive a clear idea about your future web development service provider.”
- Elijah Frisch from Incrementors Web Solutions
Make sure company create the site in-house and not outsourcing it to a third party
“The single best tip for choosing a web development company is to make sure they're creating the site in-house and not outsourcing it to a third party. So make absolutely certain you can meet or speak to their web development lead face-to-face. Sales reps will tell you what you want to hear.
There's nothing inherently wrong with a web development company outsourcing some of their work. But if (and invariably when) issues do arise you'll get caught up in a game of finger-pointing that will make you feel like you're back in 12th grade all over again. And one that could potentially take months to resolve.
So, don't be afraid to ask whether or not your site is being developed in-house or by a third party. And if the web dev company manager can't provide you with a 100% transparent, easily understandable answer then walkaway - you'll save yourself headaches you can't even begin to imagine.
I've witnessed companies, and even friends, lose up to $20,000 and months of their life by hiring web dev companies that outsourced their work to the lowest bidder.”
- Neil Roach from Boxroom Office
Ensure proper website security through firewalls, CDNs and proper response plans
“The one tip that I would give you for choosing a web development company is making sure that they ensure proper website security through firewalls, CDNs and proper response plans.
Protecting your website is crucial for your business to thrive. Attacks like DDoS can take down your website and cause you a great business loss as your website will be down and you'll lose a lot of potential customers.
The one way to secure your website is to set up a web application firewall on your website. A WAF is very crucial for your website security as it filters and blocks malicious and harmful traffic to your site.”
- Abdul Rehman, Cyber security Editor at VPNRanks
Verify experience and the quality of the work
“To choose Web Development Company you should verify their experience and the quality of their work. You can do so by looking for reviews over theinternet, for example on Clutch . This service allows to check the performance of an IT company and what customers think about it. Don’t hesitate to check out the profile of a company where you can find verified reviews from former clients, learn more about the company’s credibility and skills. You can also contact previous customers if possible to hear their opinions and recommendations. If a software development company has several awards, it also contributes to its good reputation which means that such a partner is definitely more trustworthy than one that doesn’t have any distinctions.”
- Jan Kaminski, Co-Founder and Head of Sales at Applover
Understands the Concept of SEO
“As a digital marketing professional, I have worked with a lot of web development companies (the good, the bad and the ugly), so I know exactly what to look out for.
It's important to find a web development company who can not only create a beautiful website, but one that understands the concept of SEO. Creating a website purely for aesthetics can cause more damage than good.
Ensure that your developers create a website that is crawlable, fast loading and developed for SEO. Because, at the end of the day, you can have the fanciest website, but if it doesn't work for SEO, then nobody will be able to find it organically.”
- Hayley Powell, SEO Consultant from CandidSky
“Check what there Pagespeed Insights score is as yours will be a mirror image of theirs. It needs to hit min 90% as it is a ranking factor.
Test their URLs Test my SEO. SEO has to score minimum good.
If both areas pass these tests, then just maybe you have found the right company for your web development.”
- JaroslawPidburskyj from ContinuitySEO
Must have Problem solving skills
“The number one factor when choosing the right web developers is problem-solving skills. Web design is a complex process, and you will face multiple issues while working on it.
Ask developers for concrete examples of when they had to do troubleshooting. How they approached the problem, what solutions they proposed, and how much time it took to resolve the issue.
Computational thinking is more valuable than technical skills because it shows a developer's ability to break down complex problems into actionable steps.
Developers should be able to explain to you all the pros and cons of every approach before getting started. It will save you time that you would spend fixing major yet preventable problems.
A good web development company has to be transparent and honest when giving you examples of courses of action that didn't work, explaining what went wrong and what they learned from that experience.”
- Sam Cohen, CEO of Gold Tree Consulting
Every form of fruitful partnership centers around good contact
“Every form of fruitful partnership centers around good contact. How your collaborator communicates their thoughts and how much they appreciate your point of view is key to the effective creation of a project. If they are sluggish in reacting or interacting badly from the onset, this is a sure indication that there may be difficulties along the way.”
- Eliza Nimmich, Co-Founder & COO of Tutor the People
Website Design & Fonts are Enough to Judge
“I've just gone through a several-month long process of building a new photography website, with a team I hired on Upwork, and had many good and bad experiences, so I feel like an authority on this subject! Be careful to distinguish between companies that specialize in coding vs design and aesthetics. The company I chose was good with the coding, but didn't have a sense of design. They were constantly making the site look too corporate and stiff, for instance, when I wanted it to look more friendly and approachable. They didn't seem to understand how to tell a story or convey personality through design and aesthetics. Also, many small but important details escaped them. An example: I've learned that everything on a site should be perfectly balanced, centered and symmetrical, except when intentionally off-balance (and it should be obvious to the user that this is intentional). The design company I chose would often leave design elements slightly skewed, and I had to constantly point these things out.
How can you avoid all these things when choosing a company, especially when their portfolio and reviews are excellent? I would tell the company what you want, and then see what feedback you get, what kind of vision they seem to have. Ask them about fonts; perhaps claim that you're debating between Helvetica and some other more interesting font. Do they understand the difference and have any opinion (ideally leaning toward the other font, in most cases)? Perhaps show them an example of a badly designed website, and tell them you're thinking of 'something like this.' Do they simply accept your idea, or challenge you in a gentle but firm way, explaining why it might be better to opt for a more nicely designed site? By asking these types of questions, you'll get a sense of 1) how good the company's design taste is, and 2) how much they give a damn about your project, and are willing to take the lead in making artistic decisions.”
- Benjamin Parks from Benjamin Parks Photography
Don't forget: After sales support
“One very important criterion for us when selecting a web dev company is their after sales support. Having them assure us of 24/7 customer service was very critical when we made a decision to hire our web dev partner because most web developers (especially those outsourced abroad) tend to leave their clients once they deliver the final product, not considering that some bugs may come up along the way. It's important that they consider customer satisfaction as a top priority.”
- Skyler Reeves, President & CEO at Ardent Growth
Various important tips to look for in any web development company
“1) Read customer reviews and feedbacks. Know that it's important to consider customer ratings and determine whether it's authentic to consider those in choosing a web developer. Ask for personal references if possible to be more sure of the feedbacks you will consider in deciding.
2) Know the genre of the web developer. Is the web developer flexible in any niche or can it only focus on a specific genre? Check the website to know if it suits your taste and your community as well. I hope this helps you with your piece.”
- Willie Greer, Founder of The Product Analyst
“When choosing a web development company, consider the following tips in order to make the right decision:
1. Study the company's portfolio before engaging any further. Here, you are looking to evaluate the usability and functionality of their live projects. You also want to check out their specialization in order to determine if it is a match for your web development needs.
2. Ask for client references from the company. Any good web development company will have a host of previous customers. Request these clients' contacts, reach out to them and find out their experience working with the company, and its quality of work. Be sure to also go through customer reviews on the company's website, and elsewhere online to determine the competency of the company before handing it your project.”
- Carol Tompkins, Business Development Consultant at AccountsPortal
“Choosing the right web development company is vital for the success of your online presence. There are a few tips that can help:
1. Review their website beyond the design and copy. The pages should load quickly, it should look crisp and be easy to navigate. The site should also be optimized for multiple devices so remember to check it out on your phone and laptop.
2. Check out their client list and get in touch with them for their honest feedback.
3. How good are they at communication? If it takes a while for them to answer it could be that they are pretty swamped and don't have the time to take on a new client.”
- Jenny Abouobaia from SEO with Jenny
“There are lots of things that you should consider before choosing a web development company. Nonetheless, here are some of the suggestions I highly recommend.
1. Look for their portfolio and the credentials of the company.
2. Ponder how much support you are looking for.
3. Consider how much it would cost your business.
4. Look for their influence through social media and website presence.
5. Study the company’s professionalism.
Bottom line : With the right web development company, you would be able to have a website that would help your business to grow.”
- Allan Borch, Founder of Dotcom Dollar
“Here are 3 simple steps to choose the best web development company for your budget.
1) Determine your budget. This is the most important step, as it willdetermine the time a web development agency will spend on making your website. Generally, the price of a 4-page template-based website made by an agency starts at $1000; custom design will start at around $3000. If youwant it to be cheaper, you should look for freelancers instead, try Upwork or Fiverr.
2) Look for a good portfolio. The best way to determine the skills of an agency is to look at the work they have done. Take a look at their recent projects on their website; you should be able to find something you like. If you don’t like their portfolio, choose another company.
3) Read the reviews. Finally, read their Google reviews. This will help you understand how good they are at communication and delivering projects.”
- GlebZavizenov, SEO Expert from gleb-seo.com
“Here are my tips for choosing the best web development company:
Check portfolio of the company
The portfolio of the company shows their success and you can see many samples there on which the company had worked, with that you can easily check the effectiveness of their projects
Check Online Reviews
This is one of the best ways to know the ability and trustworthiness of a company. Check what kind of reviews they have got and their response to those reviews.
Check Their Knowledge
The company should be well-versed with all the available web technologies. Tell them your requirement and if they come up with the solution that fulfills your projects need, you can opt for them. You can also ask them to show their previous project on which they had worked on or you can ask them to show you one of the difficult projects on which the company had worked successfully.
They should be able to suggest their unique ideas or suggestions that can help to make your project better.”
- Robert Smith from Voxtab
“Always look for the company’s work portfolio. This wouldn’t only help you see their previous works but you would also have an insight if they would be able to satisfy your expectations.
Evaluate the company’s website. Since you’re looking for a company that would develop your site, look for the one that has an “impressive” one.
Read client comments on Clutch. This helped us a lot since we were able to see the feedback of the former clients of the company we chose.”
- Daniel Carter, Founder of Zippy Electrics
“There are a few steps, however, that you can follow to make sure a web-designer is suitable for the needs of your website.
Check his/her portfolio website. You should like the site itself. After all, if a designer cannot produce a quality website for him/herself, how will s/he make your pages look good?
In the portfolio of the designer, check the websites s/he has created before. Each designer has his/her own style. Whether it will match your needs can be seen from his/her previous projects.
Avoid using designers that produce Flash-only websites. Such sites do not rank high in the search engines which will affect the popularity of your pages.
Ask the designer about the intellectual property ownership of the website. The ownership should be yours and you should not pay the original designer additionally if you want to make changes in your pages.
Check the overall range of services of the designer. The broader the range of services is the more experienced the firm is.
Good reviews can be faked but bad ones generally are not.”
- RickNichols from The Web Designs Group
“Some of the most important things you need to look for when choosing a web development company:
- Portfolio - is their portfolio unique and impressive or do all of their websites look the same? A portfolio can tell you a lot about their business and so can a lack of a portfolio
- References - previous project client references and testimonials are another great way to gauge the quality of their work
- Their approach - does their web development approach work with how you like to work? For example, some companies don't take the iterative approach to design which leads to subpar results”
- Nat Miletic from Clio Websites
“Here are some easy ways to judge how good a web development company is.
Portfolio - Look at the work they’ve done for other people and see if you like it
Reviews - Read reviews from previous clients to see how good a job they did
References - Actually talk to previous clients about their experience with the web development company
Website - Look over the company’s own website, if it isn’t good then they probably aren’t going to make anything better for you
Responsiveness - How quickly do they respond when you need to communicate with them?”
- Todd Ramlin Manager of Cable Compare
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“The best tips for the choosing a web development company:
*Do they have a track record? * Web developers will develop new code and new solutions. That is best done by experts who have done work in your field before. There's nothing wrong with giving new developers a chance but experience and price go hand-in-hand: less experience comes with less cost.
*Do they have a specialization that serves you?* If a business needs ecommerce, they need to go to ecommerce experts. If the site needs to serve a niche (a vocation, a region, a demographic), look for developers who have worked in that space before.
*Will the development project create a return on investment?* When the developer is quoting, ask the question: will this yield a return on investment? Will the $10,000 in fees generate more than $10,000 in new sales, or ideally, new profits. Good developers will create a website that earns its keep.”
- Shawn DeWolfe from web321.co
“As a CEO, I believe your website shows what your company is all about. It flaunts what your company can do and how it can help people in their everyday lives. Therefore, when choosing the best web development company, you have to consider a few things. Here are 2 tips to help you decide:
1.Decide what type of website you want. Because not all websites are the same, you’ve got to decide what type of website you really need for your business. You have to determine what you need the website to do for your customers. Usually, businesses need the website to be informative, educational, and interactive.
2. Ascertain the level of support you’d need. If you’d be needing to help your clients in their emails or change their password, you’ll likely need your website to be checked regularly. A good development company will provide you with the tools you need to make necessary updates. Some companies even offer ongoing support.”
- Martin Seeley, Chief Executive Officer at MattressNextDay
“Personally, it is important to find a good web development company becauseyou will enter into a long term partnership that will build a strongrelationship to make life easier for everyone. And I believe choosing theright web development that can meet my online needs is not always easy but it is essential to my business to escalate its potential.
Here are my two tips in choosing the exact development company:
1. Determine your needs - you need to work out what you need from them and you need to have an idea of what you want the website to do for both your brand and visitors
Evaluate your compatibility- get to know them, including the people who will be working on your project if you have the same vision and beliefs that ensure you’ll be happy with their work.”
- Jacob Martinez Founder at Swift Clean
“Building a website from scratch is a difficult task especially if you, the owner do not have any inkling on how it is actually done. Hiring a web developer is also not as easy as it seems. Looking for the best technology partner for your e-business should be done carefully and here are some tips I can share with you as a digital marketer:
1. Make sure you find the right agency that can make you understand what web development is all about. There are web development companies that do not explain or make their clients understand how their systems work and this will be difficult for you and your customers in the future.
2. Look for an agency that can give full service. There are a number of web development agencies that offer cheap prices but cannot maintain or help you with maintaining your own website once you have launched. Some may leave high and dry.
3.Check the agency’s approach to customer usability. This is very important, you and your users should be able to access the website with ease because this is sometimes the major reason why customers and users tend to look for another company or business to use because your website is very difficult to navigate.”
- Scot J Chrisman, Founder and CEO at THE MEDIA HOUSE
“Please find below tips to choose a web development company:
Ask for Reference
Ideally, you want to request references within the same industry as yourself. They can relate directly to the type of work you want to do and will give you inside information on any agency you are currently investigating. You should be immediately suspicious of any web development prospect who cannot provide you with a reference list upon request.
Understand Their Process
Many aspects of web development can be difficult to understand if you are not familiar with the industry. The best agencies will have no problem sitting down and explaining exactly what they do, how they do it, and why it is beneficial to your business. If they are using terminology that you are unfamiliar with and making crazy promises, tell them to slow down and explain in more detail. Failing to do so is a great indicator that you need to be careful when moving forward with that specific web development option.
Check After Support
Web development often doesn't end when the site goes live; in fact, that's when most of the changes come to the fore. You might miss a feature that didn't make the final cut or there is an item you'd like to add after watching the live version. The level of support you need will vary based on experience, but most changes will likely go through your web development company, so choosing one you can trust is important. Establish what level of ongoing support is offered, as well as response time, if you can.”
- SimonasSteponaitis, Marketing Manager at Hosting Wiki
Earlier, marketing was done in a lot of ways. But nowadays, the most effective and preferred way of marketing is by going online. You need a website and also need to be active on social media. So there are a lot of web development companies that provide multiple services. But which one is the best for you? Here are some tips.
(1)Check their portfolio*Experience matters in every field. So choose a company that is experienced, at least 3 years of experience. Most of the web development companies show their portfolio on their website. So check the clients and ask them about the company if you can. Have a look at the client website, how is the functioning of it? Try finding the company using Google. If they are easily listing, it means that the company has done some SEO on their client website. So it is a good sign.
(2)Accessibility* A lot of clients complain that their web development company is not easilyaccessible. They are not responding to their emails or aren't updatingthings on their website. Find out how accessible are they to you? Do they respond on time? Have they allocated a specific person to communicate with you or not?
(3)Packages* Consult at least 3 web development companies before opting for anyone. All of them have their unique packages and chose the one that suits you the most. You must select the package according to your niche. For example, if you are into online trading and showing different rates of shares, you might need to update it frequently. So for this, you need to choose a package that includes good maintenance services at reasonable rates.
A lot depends on your type of business and requirements. So choose your web development company wisely.”
- Adam Rowles, CEO of Inbound Marketing Agency
“Choosing a web development company can be a daunting task. At the end of the day the foundation of all your marketing and representation toclients comes down to the website. Isit too basic? too fancy? does it represent your brand and appeal to the client you are trying to attract?
The key to finding a web development company that will make you successful is to find one with a few characteristics:
1. They are able to balance the creative with what converts
2. They are able to create experiences that speak to your goals
3. They can design for mobile
4. They understand SEO so that when building your site it's already optimized and ready to be worked on by your SEO professional.
5. They stand by their work and are willing to fix any structural issues that may arise for at least 90 days.”
- Sanju Ganglani, Founder of gang&lani media
“There are many web development companies in the world and it is not easy to choose the best. I am using several main criteria on how to choose.
First of all,* a website* . Review the company’s own website design, pay attention to how fast their pages load, whether they present a clear call to actions. Another important thing to evaluate is the mobile-friendly design.
The second criteria are *technology expertise* . As a business owner, who needs a website or web application built, its important to at least learn some basic web development concepts or have a technical friend help you during your search and interview process. At the stage of choosing a website development partner, it will help you get an idea of what the candidates are capable of, in terms of a CMS systems, programming languages, frameworks, etc and if you are not technical, just ask one of your trusted friends, who are, to help you.
The third criteria are *ratings, customer feedback, and references*. Always review the customer testimonials available on a potential candidate’s website. Even better, there are websites like Clutch and Yelp that serve as directories for local businesses and provide an opportunity for customers to leave and read past reviews. Make sure you take a hard look at the company’s profiles. Mostly ask about the cons so you make sure you are comfortable with them.
The fourth criteria are *portfolios*. Most software development companies have a dedicated section on their website showcasing their portfolio of past projects. Try to find projects similar to yours in terms of industry domain, size, and solutions offered. Pay attention to the solutions’ descriptions and to the technologies that they implemented. Reading past project case studies may also give you an idea of the development process and client communication routine at the firm.
The fifth criteria are your *impressions* . There’s nobody in the world who’ll know what’s better for your business than you do and your gut feeling. If after communicating with a sales manager or other team members for a short while, you get a hunch that communication could be an issue, try considering other options. You need to be comfortable communicating with the company about a range of topics.”
- RomanaKuts, Head of Marketing and PR at GTM Plus
“When you google web development companies, especially if you are not focused only on the local ones, the search results will make your head spin. The process of hiring a vendor for web development may seem to be a complicated thing, but in reality, it doesn’t differ much from choosing any other business partner. Nevertheless, it has some distinguishing features. Let’s take a look at the most effective tips to choose the vendor.
Define your priorities
Before starting to search for a web development company, you should clearly understand your business priorities. What plays the biggest role for you? Is it the project cost, relevant experience, or team location? Prioritizing your approval criteria will narrow the choice from the start and save your time.
Specify your needs
You should detail the product requirements and clearly understand what you want to get in the end. Whether you need a fully equipped e-commerce website or just a promo-site – your choice will influence the type of expertise, portfolio and technologies stack you should look for. Besides, the detailed information on the future product will help the potential vendors provide you with the best proposals. It is ideal to start the search process with a ready RFP document.
You have no way to check a company's knowledge of web technologies if you don’t have any developers on board. The most effective way to evaluate the potential vendors’ expertise is to study their portfolio. Ask them to show you the most challenging and relevant cases with a brief description of the project process. Visit the websites from the portfolio, explore them as a user and business owner. Do you want any of them for your company?
Talk to the previous clients
Small talks with the company’s previous clients help to get a better idea of the potential vendor. Ask them about the development, communication process and the following project support, how initiative the team was, how quickly it responded to the changes and problems. Collect two or three opinions, and you will see whether it’s something you are looking for. If the company refuses to provide any contact, it's a warning sign.
Hosting and support price
If the project cost is one of your top priorities, ask about the possible price for hosting and support services. The content included varies significantly from company to company. Some developers include a certain level of support in their hosting plans, while other charge time and materials for any change.
Ask about SEO
It’s impossible to underestimate the value of SEO for websites. It’scrucial to consider the optimization during the development and create the website based on SEO guidelines that affect a website’s structure, navigation, page layout, formatting, etc. This will help to attract the relevant traffic just after the release.
There is no magic pill to make the right choice. But keeping in mind these tips will help to make a competent choice that guarantees long-term business growth and saving money.”
- AnastasiyaKharychkova, Senior Project Manager at Orangesoft
Website has become one of the ways to handle a big part of your business. An impeccable website with a fascinating look, attentive features, smooth navigation, faster loading can take your business to top-level heights. These factors play a fabulous role in converting your visitors into customers. To implement such a website, you and your service provider must be on the same lane. Here, in this blog, we have discussed some significant tips that would help you to choose the best web development company.