Questions to Ask Your Web Developer
By Tessa Flores
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You’ve decided you need a website update or maybe even a brand new redesign. You’ve got the sitemap figured out and the design is complete. All that’s left is to bring in a developer to build it. Before your developer gets started on your project, you may want to know the answers to some common questions that come up during the build phase.
How long will my project take?
You’re excited that you’re finally updating your website, and you can’t wait to see how it will look and perform. One of your first questions is probably going to be, “How long will it take to build the new site?”
Rome wasn’t built in a day and your site won’t be either. The timeline will depend on several factors. When figuring out how long a build will take, some factors to take into consideration are the number of webpages needed, how complex the layout of each page will be, and how many integrations or plugins might be needed for special functions or features.
The level of experience your developer has may also come into play here. If the developer has built a lot of sites with a similar scope to your project, it could be a piece of cake for them. If it’s one of their first builds or if they’re less experienced with some of the features your site requires, they may need some time to work through those challenges. Remember to be patient during the build phase and not rush your developer to cut corners to finish the product sooner.
How much will it cost?
This is similar to the first question. A lot of the same factors will be used to determine the price range for your project. A more experienced developer will likely charge more than a less experienced developer. The number and complexity of the webpages can also add to the total cost. In the end, the price will vary.
How easy will it be to add features in the future?
More than likely you will want to make after your new site goes live. Once it’s been up for a while and you’ve seen how it’s performing, you may figure out ways to improve your site. You’ll want to be sure that it’s simple for you to make small changes, like copy or image updates. Or if there are bigger updates that require more effort, a developer should be able to easily hop back in and build out new pages or features.
Will the site be mobile friendly or responsive?
According to Statista, in April 2018, 51.2 percent of internet traffic worldwide was viewed from a mobile device. These days, it goes without saying that your site needs to be mobile friendly. The desktop version of your site will be difficult to view on a mobile device. If your visitors aren’t easily able to read your content, they are more likely to leave in search of answers elsewhere. You want to be sure your visitors are having a good experience while …read more
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