Feature Rich: Your Website Developer Checklist

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Having a website developed for your business is often a very confusing endeavor. If you’re not in the know, this area can seem very daunting and complex. And, for most people, this is the reality. Unfortunately, it’s uncommon that the average person will have the skills and experience to know what they’re doing with their website, making it easy for your developer to sell you things you simply don’t need. Thankfully, though, this post is here to help you out. It will be going through some of the additional services to look for from your website developer. So, now, you can start avoiding the things your website can do without.

A lot of people don’t realize that the development costs for their website don’t often include the hosting fees incurred keeping the site online. Instead, you will be presented with an additional bill once your website is ready to go online. Some developers, though, don’t do this. They will give you a year’s worth of hosting for your site, and be transparent about the pricing once the year is up. It’s not unreasonable to move to your own hosting service if your developer asks for too much. You might need some help to do this, though.

SEO is one of the hardest areas of website design for newcomers to understand. This set of methods is used by search engines to link keywords to your site so that it can come up in search results. Having good SEO can often be the difference between your business succeeding and failing, making it critical that your developer can handle this with well. SEO services come in loads of different shapes and sizes. So, it’s worth doing some research to compare the options different developers offer. It’s worth moving to a new developer if they’re better at SEO, to make sure you get the best possible results. The best SEO services will not only include work on your site but will also include blog writing and social media services.

In the modern world, one of the biggest concerns internet users have is security. When a website is insecure, web browsers will warn users not to visit it. The impact this can have on your business is huge. This makes it very worthwhile to make sure that your website will have SSL and form security as standard. In a lot of places, it will be a legal requirement that you have this sort of security on your website if you’re collecting user data. So, you might not have a choice when it comes to this element of your site.

In a lot of web design contracts, the client won’t consider updates they want in the future. When you don’t think about this, it can leave you with a website which can’t be changed with your business, making life very hard. It’s worth talking to your developer about this when you’re organizing the development of your site. You have to make sure that you’ll be able to add new images and information to your pages, without having to hire someone else or doing the work yourself. If your website uses databases for user logins, you may also need the ability to update your tables and forms. It’s unlikely that you’ll have the skills to do this sort of work yourself. So, it’s worth having someone else to do it for you.

Finally, like the ability to change the content on your site, it’s also very important that you can expand the functionality of your website. As your business grows, it’s likely that it will change and offer different services. During this time, you will probably want to upgrade your site for other reasons, too. Adding modern applications to provide quotes or shipping costs will make your website feel a lot smoother. But, you have to make sure that you have someone to do it for you. The developer you choose will have to be able to deal with all of the website standards out there, to make sure that they have the skills to handle these sorts of updates. This is something your developer should be very open and honest about. But, remember, you can always change to another professional if you’re unhappy.

The developer you choose to make your site will make a huge difference to the end product you receive. You have to consider all of these aspects to ensure that your website meets all of your requirements. A lot of people don’t realize how important their website can be. In reality, though, this is the backbone of your business.