How To Hire A Good Web Developer

How To Hire A Good Web Developer

What Is A Web Developer?

 

A web developer is someone who has the technical skills to create, modify, and maintain websites. This includes knowledge of programming languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc., using a markup language to construct pages on the World Wide Web or intranets, site performance tuning including page load times, browser compatibility issues with various browsers/devices/software (e.g., Internet Explorer 6), server configuration for performance gains, back-end coding in different web application frameworks (see below), database administration for optimizing database tables and queries through database normalization while ensuring data integrity through entity-relationship diagrams (ERDs) and foreign key constraints among other things. A good web developer has all these skills plus some more depending on the technologies they are working with.

For example, Microsoft .NET web developers require knowledge of server-side programming as well as some database administration skills. In contrast, a PHP web developer does not need to know anything about databases since databases are abstracted from the programming language. All they have to do is write code using a content management system framework such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla! or Plone   which makes site development a lot easier and faster compared to having to back-end into a database every time there’s a change in content on the front end.

 

A more complex website built with JavaScript requires extensive knowledge of JavaScript frameworks and object-oriented programming. A large-scale eCommerce site would require extensive knowledge of session management, user authentication, and site performance tuning skills.

How To Hire A Good Web Developer

You can also hire web developers at various meet-ups that are held in your area. Some companies even have their own forums/communities where they share articles, marketing materials, showcase their latest projects to prospective clients, etc.. There are job boards specifically for hiring web developers as well.    It would be wiser to look for freelance or contract web developers first before hiring full-time staff because there’s a high probability you could save up to 50% of the total cost*.   But if you don’t know how to manage your resources better than what you do now then it might be more beneficial to hire full-time staff instead so you don’t lose more money in the long run.

As for meeting with full-stack developers face-to-face, you can do that by attending technology fairs or visiting their office. If they’re willing to meet you (for free) then it’s not considered a red flag – if anything, it shows they appreciate your time and effort in reaching out. What matters is seeing how compatible they are with your objectives and requirements; knowing whether or not they won’t waste each other’s time after all the preparation that went into scheduling said meeting. Remember, this is just one of the many things involved when hiring new people for your company – it might seem easy but there are different variables that need to be considered before making any decisions. 

This type of web developer has more responsibility compared to freelance developers because they’re paid monthly to work full-time basis for your company/organization which means you’re expecting them to deliver quality results within your budget and within a certain timeframe. However, because they’re working for your company/organization as employees they sometimes take orders from their managers which comes across as conflicting to the client if it’s not handled properly. Staff

 

Staff web developers are employees who receive an annual salary and benefits such as health insurance, paid leaves, etc.. They usually have years upon years of experience in our field and work full-time basis (8 hours a day) for your company/organization. This is ideal if you need someone to make decisions on your behalf but you don’t want them to be constrained by corporate policies and protocols. The only problem with this type of web development team is that they usually cost than freelancers or contractors depending on the availability of talent.

Things To Consider When Hiring A Web Developer

1. What are the requirements of your website?

2. How do you want your website to function?

3. Who is your target audience?

4. What skills does one need to develop this type of website (from what you read in this article)?

5. Is there a budget for hiring someone or building an in-house team?

6. Do you have enough resources to manage people within your company/organization so they don’t get overwhelmed and stressed because it’s not easy managing people – even more so if they’re working on projects that can directly affect other aspects of the business? Would it be better to hire freelancers or contractors instead so the workload would be shared equally among multiple people without too many complications?

7. If you have a full-time staff, do they have the required skills to complete your project within your timeframe? Have they experienced web developers or are they fresh out of college? The problem with freshers is that there’s too much time wasted on training and little low-quality work gets done because of inexperience.

8. What would be their responsibilities if part of your team? Are they able to take initiative in certain projects/assignments without having to wait for approval from you, the client? Will someone keep an eye on them just in case they’re not doing anything productive (and waste company resources)?

9. Do you need specific skill sets to fulfill certain requirements but none of your current employees possess such skills? If yes, are you willing to pay for their tuition/certification programs? If not, are they able to learn it on their own through books and other self-learning resources or by taking part in training sessions from talented web developers who teach various aspects of our industry?

10. How will your employees get along with each other? Will there be problems staying productive because certain people tend get distracted easily?

11. In case you hire a freelancer, do the rules within your company/organization prohibits them from working outside assigned projects which means they’ll have less time doing their job – resulting into errors caused by lack of concentration/effort?

12. Do you need a backup plan just in case things go south and your project gets terminated? Do you have a plan B?

13. Will you need to monitor their work and daily progress on an ongoing basis? It might be better to hire someone who can manage themselves instead of relying on every single detail from the client because it’s not easy dealing with multiple projects at once – there’s always room for human error…especially when someone is overextended. In case your employee(s) runs into trouble, will you be able to help them within budgeted time without sacrificing other important aspects of your business?

14. Are they familiar with current web design trends or are they stuck in a rut by using outdated techniques that won’t apply well to our medium?

15. Is there a specific person taking care of hiring new staff? If yes, who’s taking care of that person’s responsibilities while they’re doing the hiring?

16. Will you need to see their work examples before making a decision because it might be difficult dealing with someone who has no previous experience in your industry or are they confident enough in their skills to prove themselves even without samples/portfolios?

17. Do you have enough money saved up for unforeseen expenses just in case something unexpected happens during the course of the project…like an employee getting injured or sick and can’t work for a period of time?

18. Does your web developer have the same vision as yours regarding future expansion which means will they use templates/themes that can easily modified without too much hassle?

19. Will you need to focus on SEO aspects of your project? If yes, are they familiar with current strategies or are they lacking knowledge in that department?

20. Is it financially viable to pay for a web developer who’s working from another country/continent instead of hiring one locally – which means will you need to spend extra money on getting them up-to-date with modern technologies?

21. Do your employees have the time needed to work on future web development projects before deadlines approach fast because there’s no point assigning someone(s) to do something when they don’t have enough time for it? Are their personal issues preventing them from being productive at work?

22. Are they aware of current technological advancements in the field of web development and how these changes can affect your business positively or negatively?

23. Do you need someone who will handle additional responsibilities on top of web development, like customer support and project management so the workload won’t fall onto your employees’ shoulders if they’re already overworked/overwhelmed with their current tasks?

24. If anything goes wrong during the course of the project, is there a way to terminate it without paying for something that wasn’t fully completed?

25. How does your company feel about copyright infringement? Are they okay with using free stock images/graphics or do you need to pay for commercial licenses every time you use them on your website (for example)?

26. Have they ever worked with famous brands before (or at least reputable ones) – this includes big companies with a lot of financial resources and potential for growth?

27. Are they willing to work under strict deadlines or do they need constant reassurance that everything will be alright even if the project needs to be finished in half the time than usual?

28. Will you need someone who can create/modify logos, adjust images, edit video footage (preferably with Adobe After Effects), etc.?

29. Are their rates competitively priced based on your requirements because best web developers charge too much for subpar work or are they affordable yet still able to give you great results at the end of the day?

30. Are they aware of competitor’s websites – how it looks like, what’s unique about them, and what not…in case you’d like to hire web designers for something similar?

31. Do they have a backup plan just in case your website gets hacked or when maintenance needs to be done (for example)?

32. What’s their policy when it comes to pricing/negotiating? For example, do they charge extra for additional hours worked, or can you get a discount if you pay for a year upfront instead of making monthly payments?

 

33. Is there anything else that bothers you regarding potential front-end developers – what are your concerns and how will you address them during the hiring process?

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Web Developer

For example: Asking clients how much they expect to pay per hour is a good way to determine if their rate is too high or too low. If someone charges $100/hour and claims the project will be finished in 20 days then you can bet they’re making up numbers; this means it’s going to take at least 40 days (20 working days + number of hours worked x hourly wage) before they can even show you anything other than an idea based on your requests. When you hire someone that costs less, then there’s nothing stopping them from charging more without warning because they know most clients won’t bother shopping around for web developers unless the initial price quote sounds reasonable. This means you may end up having issues with completing the project by its deadline or creating something unique that’ll make you stand out from the crowd.

 

All these factors should be taken into consideration when you’re looking for a web development agency that can handle your project. For example, choosing someone who knows the latest Google algorithm updates is more important than finding someone with years of experience (unless you’re looking to get top rankings, but it’s doubtful anyone will guarantee this). If something goes wrong and your website doesn’t work properly, then what? You want to hire a professional web developer who can provide real-time solutions and make sure everything works like clockwork without any bugs. Plus, you’ll need people on hand in case anything happens and they know how to handle issues immediately before they escalate into bigger problems that could result in downtime or tarnished online reputation.