Hiring someone with a system can make your website building experience easier.
If you are a business looking to hire a web developer, don’t forget to address these essential items. I’m not talking about their experience or portfolio. I’m talking about their system and processes. These seem like small details but will play a large role in how well your website turns out.
Website projects are a long process. They need clear communication over a couple of months. Focusing only on the end result is a mistake. Sure—you want to the end result to look amazing, but a good process includes regular feedback and communication. Now imagine these two scenarios.
You start the project excited about what will be your new website. You have invested money and time in finding the right person/agency. Weeks go by and you’re not sure what your developer is working on, or what stage of the process you are in. Emails come and go with things like, “I will have something to show you soon,” but nothing ever comes. This is common in many experiences. At this point, you don’t care about their portfolio or experience. You want to know what’s going on and when things will be complete.
Excited—you start your new website project. Your developer sends over an onboarding document with a project dashboard. This is the key to understanding what is expected of you and what your developer is working on. It provides key insight into communication and stages of the project. Deadlines and milestones are clearly stated and you always know what’s coming next. No more back-and-forth emails wondering when things will be complete. This experience will make all parties involved feel at peace about what’s going on. This process guarantees you will have a better website in the end.
See—building a website is more than an end product. It’s the process involved that makes the experience great.
So when you’re considering who to go with to build your next website, ask about their systems and processes.
If they don’t have any. Run!