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5 Tips for Choosing a Web Developer

September 13th, 2018

So you’ve had a moment of inspiration and conceived an idea for a new website that will change the way people everywhere use the internet. That’s a great start, but finding the right people to build it can be a challenge, especially for first timers.

1. Utilise your search methods

Word of mouth is a powerful tool and not something to be sniffed at, but appointing someone on the basis of a single recommendation is a huge risk. There’s a wealth of talent out there, so make sure you dig deep.

The web has some great sites where creative folk can advertise their expertise. Comparing work side by side allows you to make better judgements on who’s style fits your vision. And with ever increasing ease of communication, it’s not a necessity to stay local.

2. Do your homework

If you are new to the world of web design, much of the jargon is going to fly over your head, especially the acronyms. Do some research into SEO, AJAX, CMS and PPC and avoid a situation where you sit nodding vacantly whilst being bombarded by random letters and talk of cookies. Of course, if you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask for a plain English explanation.

3. Make sure you’re on the same page

It’s vital the developer understands your ambitions for the new business. Go through your business plan with them, explain your annual projections. All these details can feed into the design process ensuring the site is tailor made to your goals. A good relationship with your web developer will last long beyond this initial stage, so explaining future development is essential.

4. Look at past work & get references

Employing a web developer is no different from hiring a new employee for your business. Get references from past clients. Have a search on Google to find sites they have designed and built.

When you find someone to quiz make sure you ask the right questions; Did they deliver on time? How were they to work with? Do they have good after care services?

Source the references yourself, if you rely on them providing client details for you to contact, you’ll most likely end up with a biased view on the quality of their services.

5. Get the correct balance between experience and ability

The scale of web development firms is vast; from the one man band to large commercial agencies. Deciding who to go with is going to depend greatly on your priorities.

If money is no object and deadlines are tight, appointing an established, professional agency may be your best bet. A large office will likely be reliable with regard to hitting deadlines, the depth of their experience and wealth of knowledge is going to bode well for a smooth and well delivered project.

Young companies and freelancers may be less experienced but there’s a good chance you’re their number one client. Working with a small team can provide a more personal experience, and new starts generally have bags of enthusiasm and energy which is great to feed into the creative process.
If you are more flexible, working with a young, energetic team could provide the spark your site needs to take off.

Appointing the right people will make a huge difference to the future success of your business. You’ll be itching to get started, but putting the time and effort in now to make the best decision you can will pay off massively in future.

What To Look When Hunting For A Web Development Company

September 12th, 2018

Your company maybe giving you high turnouts every year but, if it does not have a website to boast of; it is non-existent in the virtual world. The World Wide Web tops the list in terms of advertising mediums. Even though the news media, print media and broadcast media are still important mediums of advertising, the internet gets you the maximum exposure. At any second of the day, there are more than 1 billion people from every niche of the world logged in.

A website is a representation of everything your company, business or product is. The primary aim of a company is to attract more customers, reap higher profits, get a larger hold of the share market and have a brood of happy clients; a well designed website can provide a business with all this and much more. Now, not any and everyone is a software engineer and can design web pages. For this a person needs to hire a web development company.

How do you find a web development company?

Web development has become very popular. These days, every second person is a web designer. So, finding the right one can be a little tricky. To help you on your task, here a few simple points:

  • Recommendations– If you know of friends or fellow companies who have recently used one, asking them for recommendations is not a bad idea. In fact, getting to know about their experience with the company and if they were satisfied or not with the service; can influence the final decision which you make.

  • Resources– The internet is a rich source, full of information. With one click of the mouse, a person is exposed to a cartload of options. Browse through the websites of few development firms. The website holds vital facts about the company. The type of pages they design, the quality of work and customer satisfaction is all clearly mentioned on the site.

  • Quotes– Before one can proceed and finalize a company, it is essential to get a rough quote of the entire cost of the job. Remember, the company quoting the cheapest will not necessarily give the best results. Money is a factor but, one’s decision should not be based upon it. Get quotes from a few companies before you make the final decision.

  • Options– Do not be hasty and opt for the very first company you set your eyes on. Taste all the fruits on the tree before you decide which is the sweetest. In simple words, explore your options.

These simple points can help you find a good company for the job.

5 Secrets Of Getting A Microsoft Web Development Job

September 11th, 2018

1) Compromise on web development technologies

It’s very easy (especially if you are fed up enough to leave your current job) to try and look for the perfect fit in terms of technology and agile practice (you don’t want to go through this hassle again right?). In my experience it can be difficult to find a job that is ‘perfect’ in all areas often you will find jobs that cover most of the bases but not all of them. Given that this is the norm it might be worth compromising on some aspects.

2) Create a transparent online identity to prove you are a web developer!

I have mentioned this multiple times in other articles. And this could be THE most important advice. There is nothing stronger than proving you can do the job. I don’t care what anyone says. Make sure you open a Stack Overflow account and start answering questions. Then get your linked-in profile looking buff. Begin writing blogs, commit to open source projects (Github or Codeplex) and use an online continuous deployment tool like Appharbor.

3) Be happy with what you are currently doing

Whether it’s the projects you are working on inside work or the ones you are working on outside work then make sure you are happy with them. It can be hard when in work you are put on a project you don’t want to work on but I strongly recommend finding your peace with it. Become good at it and be diligent this will make it easier to be happy about it and this will come through in your interview. With regards to the projects you work on outside, well it should be easy to be happy with them if you aren’t then change them pronto!

4) Practice and learn about technologies that you need to know

If there is an area of your experience you are not too well versed in discussing or there is a project you have worked on that if you were questioned on you would falter then make sure you practice discussing it. Discuss it with your partner, the cat or even just to yourself. It will help you iron out problems with it before you try and bring it up in an interview. With regards to technologies that you don’t have but feel you should. Well the truth is many people embellish things on their CV. The problem is that you may get asked about it, so make sure you learn it inside out. Spend Saturdays learning about the stuff you want to work with.

5) Mirror the people interviewing you

If you’re being interviewed by a Geek crack geek jokes. If you’re being interviewed by a ‘Mumsy’ HR type then act innocent and for the ‘lads’ just laugh at all their jokes. Skills in being Chameleonic don’t come naturally for everyone but you can get better over time. You have to be mindful that the world comes in all shapes, sizes and types, you will get further if you can match your communication more closely with people!