Top Web Development Companies
Top Website Development Companies and web designers for startups, B2B, SMB, enterprise, SaaS and small business. Web development agencies in San Francisco (SF), Dallas (TX), New York (NYC), London, Los Angeles (LA).
Last updated: October 19, 2020
These days any organization needs a website. As people say, if your business is not online, you are losing your customers. It is true for small startups or established organizations. So we tried to go through different lists of web developers and front-end development agencies to find the ones that might be a good fit. We filtered mostly through the lens of digital brands that need to either refresh their website or extend their in-house development studio with some talented experts.
Website front-end developers can be freelancers or groups like agencies or companies. For finding individual experts, we’d recommend using websites like Upwork. At the same time, for more consistent relationships and ongoing work, we’d suggest hiring agencies mostly because they have processes in place that allow them to be like a multi-disciplinary unit that aims to solve business problems rather than trade time for money.
It is also important to check previous projects, the size of the team, and the overall focus of the web development company. Successful people like Ray Dalio say that past experience is the best way to evaluate someone. If there is a proof of successful previous projects, it increases the chances that your project can go smoothly too.
Here is a list of teams and independent developers that we’d recommend:
Ramotion is a digital product design agency focused on marketing website design, mobile and web product design (UI/UX), Front-End and Mobile Development. They use ReactJS, Webflow, etc.
📍San Francisco, CA
CemtrexLabs is focused on helping brands grow through digital transformation services. Our software and hardware, design and development services range from business-critical applications to powerful Augmented and Virtual Reality applications that push the boundaries of consumer, industrial, experiential, and commerce applications for the world’s most innovative brands
📍New York, NY
👤 Top clients
Cartier, Montblanc, AT&T
Helpful information on web development basics
When looking at the process for creating a website, the basic steps are essentially the same from both the design and the development perspectives, but the focus is different. The web development process includes both front- and back-end technical details. Both sides of your team need to work smoothly together throughout the entire project to achieve a great site. Establishing, and sticking to, a simple process that defines the steps, output, and collaboration points will help keep your project on track and give you the best web development results.
There are many software development approaches you could choose to adopt, from traditional waterfall approaches to agile approaches. But if you are just starting out or a small team, you don’t need to implement a rigorous process. The basic steps are Planning and Research, Design, Develop, Test, and Deploy.
Planning and Research
The development piece doesn’t start when the designer hands over their wireframes and graphic assets in the Develop step. It starts at the very beginning. While the designers are looking at the audience, industry, competitors, and business requirements, developers need to look at these same elements.
- What kind of features are required? Do you have the technology in place to support all of the features? What will need to change or be acquired?
- What kind level of traffic is expected? Is the current IT infrastructure sufficient to support the new site? Or is it being hosted by a 3rd party?
- Is a third-party tool being used or will everything be coded by your team? What tools and software are needed for the size and type of site being planned?
While the major design is going on, back-end development can be started, and even some front-end tasks that tie into the back-end of the site.
- Document the technical requirements needed to support the functional requirements from the planning and research step. Include elements such as devices and browsers that must be supported.
- Decide what technologies will be used based on the requirements and research from the planning step.
- Identify how and where you’ll be using back-end systems like content management systems, order processing systems, databases, and any other technical requirements needed to support the features being designed.
- Begin creating the framework of the site with tasks such as setting up a file structure and creating basic templates that can be refined based on the completed design.
Once the designers are done creating wireframes, site maps, and other design elements the major parts of the developers’ job begins.
- Create style sheets.
- Create asset libraries.
- Code the actual pages.
- Integrate with back-end systems.
Both designers and developers need to validate that the site looks and behaves as designed, but the developers, or testers depending on the team size and make-up, go deeper than the top layer.
- Is the response time acceptable?
- How does the site perform under heavy user load?
- Do all the back-end systems work how they should when the front-end interacts with them?
- Do all the links work? Do the advanced elements work smoothly and consistently across pages?
And finally, once design, development, customer, business, and all other involved team members and stakeholders are satisfied, it’s time to go live. Developers move the code to the live server or publish it on the selected third-party system. This might be coordinated with other teams like marketing if a major launch is planned. Once it’s live, the site needs to be monitored to ensure that no issues come up.
The web development process doesn’t need to be rigorous or overly strict, particularly if your web project is small or you are just getting started. Using an agreed to process will help keep your teams on-time, on-budget, and avoid conflict over misunderstood expectations.