What can You do to Find a Web Developer for You

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It can be hard to find the web developer for yourself, particularly when you don’t know anything about development for the web, which lets face it most people are. Yet nearly everyone would like to have their own place in the internet. “According to a Gartner report, large companies spend roughly $130 billion” (Althuser). And I’m pretty sure everyone would like a piece of that, but unless you are one yourself, you are going to need a web developer to help you. It can be hard to find the right choice for you as there is so much to web development that can lead to it being very overwhelming. So, how about making life easier to find the person that will help make those dream websites.

First make sure you know what you want. “A developer may be able to do a lot of great things for you, but it’s your responsibility to give the project vision and direction.” (Althuser). Ask yourself, what type of site you want? What is the envision that represents me or my company? How can the developer realize my vision for the site? If you answer the first question you can narrow down the developer you are looking for to people who have experience in this field. For example, say you want a ecommerce site to sell your products. You can look up how the best ecommerce sites are made then find the professionals who work in these areas. The next two question coincide with each other, if you can create a vision for your site, then tell it to the developer and discuss how it can be a reality.

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Next you want to make sure you properly vet potential developers properly to see if the developer is as competent as he/she says. The problem chances are you don’t know terms like responsive design, cron jobs, mysql databases and other technical terms. So how can you tell a developer is good for you? Sure you can look at their previous work, but surly you can do more than that. You can start by asking a developer questions that test how capable they are. Not how much they know, but rather how they can solve problems and adapt. “In the tech space, skills become obsolete every two years, give or take. So, it’s better to hire a web developer who can learn new technologies easily rather than someone who knows a specific technology now but may not adapt when a new one comes along.” (Yusupova). Challenge them in asking how they can make this part of your vision work or how they can create this functionality. How they can change certain things or anticipate problems and aid you in future problems. This will not only help give a deeper understanding of the industry, but will allow you to learn the developer better and understand what they can do for you.

When you need to hire a developer, just think carefully on what you want and see how the developer can make it for you.


References:

Althuser, Josh. September 28, 2015. Where are all the good Web developers? Retrived from 
http://www.computerworld.com/article/2987236/application-development/where-are-all-the-good-web-developers.html

Yusupova, Nelly. March 4, 2013. 5 Tips for Hiring a Great Eb Developer. Retrived from
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225932

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