- August 15th, 2018
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- Mark Reed
So, it’s your first-time hunting for a web development company, and you are finding it hard to connect with a company that has all the right tools and skill set.
Every one of us has been there at some point in our lives.
There is a plethora of web development providers and finding answers to questions like who is the best? Which is the right one for your business? What makes one company better than other, etc. can be extremely demanding. So, is there a way to land the services of an ideal web agency without having to go through much of a trouble? Yes, there is. Let’s see how.
Start Off with Portfolio
A company’s portfolio comprises previously done projects and thus enables you to figure out whether it provides the kind of services you are looking for. Though you are not very likely to find a ditto project as yours, you should still be able to see the evidence of similar features needed to build for your site. For example, if you plan on launching an e-store, make sure that the company is richly experienced in building e-commerce sites. Similarly, if your project is about some other set of services, see whether or not they have developed similar sites previously. Look at the designs, backend, frontend functionality of those projects and never hesitate to ask for help. A good company should never have a problem walking you through their past work.
The Key Skillset
There are three major skills required to build a website: strategy, design, and development. However, very few companies actually master the all three and typically lead in only one or two of these areas. So, you’ll either have to set aside a larger budget to hire multiple web application development firms or prioritize some skills over others. For example, if you can deal with the strategy part, then putting your resource into hiring someone who excels in the other two would be ideal for you. Remember that knowing exactly what you need and what you don’t is crucial to picking out the right match.
Scope of Budget
A project with advanced web development requirements comes at a staggering cost. Some agencies offer services for a fixed amount of somewhere between $10-$20K. However, such companies typically have a repeatable process to meet the design and development needs of clients.
Other agencies may require you to have a whopping $150-$200K budget just to get started. They will offer advanced solutions and build high-end websites with thousands of pages/features. Those kinds of projects are managed by dedicated teams of seasoned professionals and require to be looked after by project management teams to ensure everything falls into place.
Knowing your budget range ahead of time is really important as it helps you find the right agencies.
A good customer service is the reflection of a top web development company. It’s a telling example of how they run their business. Remember that a web development project does not just finish after being handed over to you. It requires frequent upgrades even after completion. You will have to make sure to be working with a company that responds to your calls and returns messages in case an upgrade is required. You can easily tell how quickly a company works by the time it takes to return a certain request, but remember that some requests and upgrades require prolonged periods of time to resolve. When this happens, it’s a good sign because you know that the company is taking the right amount of time to come up with a fine strategy.
Ask for References
And now comes the most important part: reference check! A company that is reluctant to provide references should be immediately ruled out. You can ask the company to put you in touch with a few of their clients. Upon meeting with the reference client(s), we recommend asking the following questions:
- How long did you work with the company as a client?
- What made you hire the agency?
- How was the quality of services provided, were you satisfied with that?
- What was the project you hired them for, and how did that turn out to be?
- Does the company need improving in a particular area?
- Was the project delivered on-time?
- Would you like to work with them again in future? Why or why not?
Overall you need to find web development services with a proven track record of projects similar to yours. We are completely aware that finding a company that you can trust can be extremely daunting and hope that these tips will make the process easier for you.
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