I have been involved in the creation of many websites for myself and clients over the past 20 years using a range of web development companies and my experiences have ranged from having my expectations far exceeded through to immense frustration and even being totally ripped off and losing a lot of money.
During this period, I wish I had a check list of key questions to ask so I was better prepared to make informed decisions. I have learned a lot along the way and here I share 15 key questions you absolutely MUST ask any person or company you are considering engaging in building your next website.
A Quick Word Of WARNING
When you start looking for a web company, you will be amazed that there are so many options. Many companies offer so many different things and all claim to be experts.
My first warning is to beware of the super cheap options (for obvious reasons) but the most expensive does not always mean the best either. It is not uncommon to receive quotes that vary from $2,000 to $12,000 for exactly the same job, making things even more confusing!
Regardless of price there are many companies out there making ludicrous claims about their ability who suck you in by using all the right terminology. Once they have won your business, they soon realise they don’t have the experience or know-how and embark on a “learn as they go journey”, usually at your expense. These projects often blow-out time wise and budget wise and more often than not you end up with an overdue, more expensive incomplete project.
There are also some brilliant and reputable companies who specialise in web development who over deliver on their promises every time. These companies take your ideas to the next level and produce something that truly enhances your business and delivers results.
To help you weed out the winners from the wannabes, be sure to ask these 15 vital questions to gain a good insight into the companies you are researching. The results will give you a clear idea of which company you can reply on and trust to help develop your business and reach your potential online.
There is a lot of elements involved in engaging a company to create and develop what should be one of your most valuable business assets, so it is worth taking the time to get it right.
In this digital age your website is so important to your business success, consider it as one of your greatest business assets not just an unwanted expense and be sure to ask each company you are scoping the above questions. Their answers will help you get a clear idea of which company is best for you to work with to develop your business and discover your true potential online.
As a final tip, be sure to communicate extensively with the company you choose. Build a good rapport with your key contact and be clear on your exactly what you want from your website. The developers do not know your business like you do and will rely on you to supply as much information and insight into your business so their team is able to develop a website that not only looks fantastic but achieves your objectives and puts your business at the forefront of the online world.
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to see our answers to the above and more!.
For any questions regarding website development, please do not hesitate to contact us, I would love to assist you.