10 Important Questions To Ask Web Developers Before Dishing Out The Dough

10 Important Questions To Ask Web Developers Before Dishing Out the​ Dough
Assuming you already have a​ fairly good idea of​ what you want on your web site and​ will more than likely be writing your own copy or​ having it​ written for​ you, here are 10 questions you need answered to​ help you create an​ effective web site without breaking the​ bank or​ delaying your plans .​
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Price by project or​ by the​ hour? Accepting an​ hourly rate agreement gives you little control over costs unless you put a​ spending cap into effect .​
if​ you have to​ exercise the​ spending cap, what if​ your site is​ only partially complete? Inevitably, you will have to​ dish out more dough to​ get it​ finished and​ this is​ a​ strain you want to​ avoid as​ you start your new business.
2 .​
Once the​ site is​ complete who will maintain it? if​ the​ developer offers this service, what are the​ costs and​ turn-around time? if​ you'd rather assume modification control, do they offer access to​ and​ training on editing software?
3 .​
What is​ the​ expected completion date for​ the​ site? You want to​ be in​ a​ position to​ plan ahead for​ the​ launch .​
Having this information will allow you to​ organize your marketing efforts and​ prioritize all other plans that tie in​ to​ going live.
4 .​
What is​ the​ payment structure? Do they want all of​ the​ money up front? Half now, half upon completion? Make sure you hold back partial payment until your site is​ complete and​ you are fully satisfied with the​ results.
5 .​
Will your designer submit your site to​ the​ search engines or​ will this be your responsibility? if​ this is​ your responsibility, do your homework to​ ensure you cover all the​ steps .​
(Keywords and​ META tags must be done prior to​ submission.)
6 .​
Who will be responsible for​ search engine optimization? This is​ usually an​ add-on service, so find out if​ your developer includes it​ with site development, offers it​ at​ an​ additional cost, or​ if​ you will have to​ contract it​ out to​ a​ third party.
7 .​
Who will hold the​ master key to​ your site? Make sure you do! Don't leave this critical component of​ your business and​ marketing strategy in​ the​ control of​ a​ third party .​
Get all passwords and​ access to​ all data.
8 .​
Will your developer teach you how to​ read your web logs/stats so you can understand the​ how, what, where and​ why of​ your visitors?
9 .​
Has the​ developer designed other sites for​ your niche market?
10 .​
Has the​ web designer provided a​ portfolio, testimonials or​ references from others in​ your niche market? Have you verified the​ references?
A web site is​ a​ major component of​ your marketing strategy and​ business success .​
Do your due diligence in​ selecting a​ web developer and​ don't hesitate to​ ask as​ many questions as​ it​ takes to​ fully understand both your and​ your developer's role in​ the​ process.
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