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What You Need To Know When Hiring Your Website Developer

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

I know many coaches and practitioners who had bad experience when they work with some “web guy” to develop their websites. Most of the frustrations evolve around taking much longer than initially estimated, being charged way more than the initial quote, certain functionalities not working as expected (and not being fixed without further charges), or the developer holding the clients “hostage” by not giving them access or showing them how to use the website editing tools. I even know a person who, after sinking thousands of dollars, walked away with a half-finished website that she has to keep building on her own.

This is absolutely not to say that all website developers are bad people – there are of course awesome ones out there! I was very happy with my own experience – this website was set up for less than $200 – on time, on budget, no glitches. But you can’t just grab a web dude and hope for the best. You need to know what to ask, what to look for and also TAKE RESPONSIBILITY to educate yourself so you can ensure smooth communication.

Here are a few things you can do to increase the chances of having satisfactory experience and results when you work with someone to build your website (I worked as a web project manager for 10 years so trust that I know a thing or two… I can’t code my way out of a wet paper bag but I can sniff developer BS from miles away):

  1. Start SMALL – if possible, you can ask a few candidates to work on some small tasks and see who is on-time, on-budget and responsive. Then based on the experience (and the vibe) select “the” one to do your big project.
  2. Pay attention to the SCOPE – if your scope is “time & materials” – i.e. you are charged by the hour – you may want to set a cap on how much you want to spend before the project begins. Have the web guy do some periodic reporting and ask that you be alerted if you are likely to go over budget so you can prioritize your tasks and get the mission-critical stuff done (the very least, you have the basics to launch). If your scope is “fixed fee” – i.e. you are charged a flat fee for a fixed set of deliverables – review the scope carefully to make sure that everything you need to get the site to launch is covered, and you will get the support you need post-launch.
  3. Clarify OWNERSHIP and access – not common these days, but I have heard stories of developers retaining ownership of the site and withholding access so every time the client needs to change something they need to pay for the work. To make sure you are not held “hostage”, or have to pay another fee to “buy” your site back, it’s best to get clear on ownership.
  4. Make sure site is MOBILE RESPONSIVE – most WordPress themes are mobile responsive, but again, it pays to be sure because more and more people are using mobile devices to access content online.
  5. Know how much TESTING (or QA) support you get – ask about the extent of testing. E.g. Is he going to do cross-browser testing? Is he going to test the site on mobile devices? Is he going to test all the functionalities (e.g. newsletter sign up, shopping cart)? Although there is much less cross-browser incompatibility with the widespread use of WordPress, you do need to pay attention to any customization – e.g. I know someone who had her site redesigned – it looks gorgeous on the computer, but when it’s viewed on the iPad, the free gift sign up field is smacked right over her face on the masthead banner!
  6. Get a 30-Day GUARANTEE – glitches get uncovered when you actually use the site! Your web guy should stand by his work and guarantee to fix bugs within a reasonable amount of time.
  7. Ask for a backend WALKTHROUGH – you want to be able to make changes and edit your own website. You don’t want to be held hostage every time you need to add or change any content. It is not just a matter of money – you will feel empowered and you are more nimble in your content creation and marketing.
  8. Be ASSERTIVE, ask QUESTIONS – don’t assume you are “dumb”… a lot of tech guys use terms that we normal people don’t use and when you don’t understand something, ask for an explanation in plain English!
  9. EDUCATE yourself on the basics – you don’t have to know how to code, but understanding the basics, knowing what to ask and using the correct terminologies can help facilitate the process. There will be fewer chances of miscommunication – which can lead to your web guy building something totally different that what you think you are getting, wasting precious time and money. I also find that developers show you more respect and are less likely to give you BS if you know what you are talking about.

If you use WordPress, codeable.io is a great resource where you can find coders who are experts in WordPress. You post your task, set your budget, and they will bid on the project. I love it for small projects and quick fixes.

* here is what that asterisk by the “be assertive, ask questions” about:

Even if some people *know* they need to be assertive and thorough, they don’t do it and then later hit themselves on their heads. Why? Something is causing this self-defeating behavior and this thing is called “primary fear”:

  • The fear of INADEQUACY – if you feel like you are not good enough, you don’t have the confidence to challenge others. You may not want to ask questions because it may reaffirm your limiting belief that you don’t know enough.
  • The fear of being VULNERABLE – if you don’t want to appear vulnerable, you may “puff up” and appear that you know. You don’t want to ask questions that make you appear that you are not knowledgeable.
  • The fear of MISSING OUT – if you are afraid that if you don’t “act now” and get it now you may miss out on something – and this fear drives you to make hasty decisions before you have all the facts.

Web Design Pakistan – A Better And Economical Target For Outsourcing

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Web design outsourcing in Pakistan is quality yet economical means of getting your business promote over the internet and web market. Information technology people have realized its importance and as a consequence many web design companies have set up in Pakistan. Usually they provide website development and designing services to their clients such as web page design, php development etc.

It is a resource that facilitates in promoting business by reducing the overall costs, uses latest hi-tech skills, has ground-breaking advancement and is competitive enough to assure you victory. It assures you minimum cost reduction, high quality and a positive innovation in your business values. It lets you make an impact in the era of information technology and vice versa.

There are a great number of web developers and website designers in Pakistan that are technically skilled and highly knowledgeable in web development, web design and search engine optimization (SEO) work. You can find SE marketing specialist as well to outsource your SEO/SEM projects.

In particular, the European and American clients can save a huge amount on their financial plan if they outsource to Pakistan. Web design outsourcing provides an array of services such website designing, online marketing, E-commerce solutions, HR outsourcing solutions, Search engine optimization, copywriting, website development, portal maintenance and etc.

It is wise to conduct online market research before hiring a website design company. Every web design and development firm in Pakistan has specialization in certain technical fields, so come to a decision in view of that. If you want to design an entire website or make improvements in the existing design, Pakistani Web Designers can provide you with excellent quality design and commitment.

Learning Web Design One Step at a Time

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

One of the hottest careers right now is web design. More and more people are seeing the Internet for the vast opportunities it holds for the business and the non-profit organization. This boosts in business activity is what has bolstered the need for more web designers. Many people who choose web development as a career catch on to the basics quite easily, it is the tips and tricks that elude them the most.

Tips and tricks in web design are there to make learning a new software or design methods easier. Just because the beginning web designer is versed in HTML does not mean they are familiar with CSS. They are both coding languages, but one may present a harder learning curve than the other. Sometimes, a step by step guide can help to ease the difficulty and break through that learning block.

Web designer guides need to be both comprehensive and easy to understand. The language needs to be aimed at the web developer but written in a wording that anyone can learn from. This is the trouble with online tutorials today. Many of them are aimed at the more advanced web designer with years of experience. Someone coming right out of design school may not understand the information presented and therefore need a less complicated version.

Finding this resource will help you to better yourself as a designer. There is nothing shameful about wanting to learn the most you can before heading out into the workforce with web designer attached to your name.