Before You Hire a Website Developer, 8 Steps

Before hiring a website developer, it's helpful to know what your goals are for the website and to organize certain elements of your project. This will allow the developer to better understand you needs, which will result in a more accurate quotation for the work and greater overall success of the website.

In some cases, specific goals may not be clear. Internet and device technology is moving forward at a fast rate, resulting in the continuous emergence of new opportunities to leverage technology for you organization's benefit and making current efforts obsolete. In this case, Efficient Presence will examine your organization's activities, suggest opportunities to pursue, and work with you to establish a clear goal for your internet presence.

  1. The goals that your organization wished to achieve with its website and web presence is ofter called the design intent. Efficient Presence believes in focusing on the design intent throughout the development of your project. In other words, Efficient Presence is focused on results. Whenever question arise, we ask ourselves how the decision will impact the final results you wish to achieve.

  2. A domain name is the friendly name used to access your website. The domain name for this website is efficientpresence.com. You don't have to have a website to get a domain name, in fact, it's a good idea to register for one or more domain names as early as possible. You can register your domain name(s) with any domain name host, and all of these sites allow you to check for availability.

  3. If you want your website to appear at the top of search engine results, the next step is to create a “key words” list. This list will be helpful in two ways. First, it often develops into ideas for new content to add to your website in addition to basic pages. Second, a key words list will help Efficient Presence perform a key words analysis.

  4. Content is the reason for a website and the key to its success. Articles, photos, file downloads, blogs, discussion forums, tables, and interactive systems such as calculators and databases are all examples of content. Without content, even the best website is nothing more than an expensive but empty container.

  5. At this point, if you’ve followed steps 3 and 4, you have likely started to imagine how your website will be organized. If so, take a moment and organize your ideas into a flow chart or lists. This process is a good exercise in determining what elements you desire in your website. The resulting diagram is also a helpful tool. Not only will it communicate your needs to the website developer, it will also serve as a medium through which the developer can offer suggestions to improve the organization of your website.

  6. Your website’s most important page is the home page. It is the main entrance to your website and makes the introduction between your organization and the visitor. The home page should make it evident what the website is for and who it represents.

  7. For the first time website owner, determining a budget for a new website can be confusing. As with many things, when it comes to website development, you get what you pay for, so it helps to educate one’s self in the basics.

  8. If you’ve already chosen Efficient Presence as your website developer, this step is complete. You did a great job. Thank you! However, if you’re still looking, you have a good start. By following these 8 steps you have the basic information and knowledge to begin your search.