How To Find A Reputable Web Development

Quite often, when you are looking to hire a web development company to run the functionality behind your website, you will also be looking for a company that is able to offer design work. Either way, finding a company that is reliable, professional and has good reviews is essential in giving you the website that you require. But how do you find a reputable development company, and what sort of things should you be looking for?

Unfortunately, it is much harder to judge the quality of a web development company then it is to judge that of a web design one. This is because the work that a developer does is mostly “behind the scenes” of the website – they work with all the functionality aspects, such as the navigation and shopping carts or payment options. There are, however, things to look for when hiring a web development company.

Doing your research should always be the first step. Ask people you know whether they have had any web development work done before and what they thought of the company they ultimately decided to hire. Do internet searches and take note of the posted reviews. Not only will this give you a good idea of the better web development companies in your area, it will give you an indication of which companies you should avoid.

Once you have found a few web development companies that you are interested in, make sure that you check out their websites. Look for client testimonials and portfolios of their previous projects. Any good developer is going to be happy to display examples of their work. An extensive portfolio is also a sign quality service and work.

Next, you should visit the websites listed in the company’s portfolio. Check out the site’s navigation, how fast the various pages load, and whether the overall design is search engine friendly. If the quality of these aspects is consistent across most (if not all) of the developer’s previous projects, then it is likely you have found yourself a winner.

Finally, it is time to contact the web development company either by calling them or using the contact form on their website. Having a discussion with someone on the team will give you a better idea of whether they will be able to complete the work you are after, as not all developers specialize in the same areas. You should also find out whether the company was a technical team of some kind that you are able to contact at any time should something go wrong with your website (such as payment issues if you have an online store). If the web developer is unable to meet all of these expectations, continue the search.