Choosing the right developer for your website can be a difficult choice to make. Here are a few pointers and pitfalls which you may find helpful.
Look at the designer’s portfolio. If they don’t have one, then they either don’t stand by their work or they haven’t any completed projects. Without examples of their work you have nothing to judge them by.
The portfolio should provide links to the actual live sites. Follow these links to check that they are genuine working sites and assess the quality of them including navigation, content, images etc. Also check if there’s a link to the designer’s site, usually in the footer as this is a sure indicator that the site was actually designed by them. Click on this link and make sure it takes you back to the designer’s site.
Don’t place too much faith in testimonials. Although most are genuine, some may be faked. Instead, contact the designer’s clients from their website contact details. Ask if the project was delivered within budget and to any agreed timescales etc. Ask how well they were treated both during and after the site design.
Finally, don’t ever be tempted by DIY template websites which promise much and deliver little. These awful homemade sites will make your business look cheap, won’t work well or perform well in search engines.
Read about the pitfalls of diy websites.