When it comes to choosing a developer to build your website, it’s good to look for these few things that will help you get the website of your dreams…even if you know nothing about HTML.
- Find someone who builds websites you like. This seems obvious but take a minute the next time you scroll through someone’s portfolio to really look at what they’ve done and see if you like it –even if it isn’t your same subject.
- Site load speed is another factor to consider when reviewing a developer’s portfolio. Slow low speeds will turn people off a website faster than anything, which will equate to revenue lost. Make sure the developer’s previous sites load quickly and if you have any concerns, feel free to ask them.
- Functionality is another key factor in making sure you are choosing the right developer. It may be really cool to make the home button float around the screen but if returning to the homepage becomes a digital game of whack-a-mole, don’t expect many returns to your website. A website needs to have a goal and it’s layout needs to guide people towards that goal in a way that flows and makes sense to the user.
- Responsive design is an absolute must as most browsing is done from a phone screen these days. A website that doesn’t scale well is unlikely to be returned to due to the aggravation someone has experienced trying to side scroll around a poorly scaled site.
- Clean code doesn’t just help other developers working on a site by being easy to read and modify, it helps the site itself. Remember how we mentioned load speed? Code that is neat and adheres to W3C standards is cleaner and will load a lot faster which helps with site’s performance.