You’ve made the decision to hire a web developer, and the process is under way. You’re probably excited about the prospect of your new site and ready to show it off to the world. But you and your web developer may not have the same vision for your up-and-coming site and communication is the key to ensuring that both of you walk away from the project happy and satisfied. If you’re working with web developers, consider these tips to keep the process simple.
• Try not to rush your web developer (but do insist on progress reports). If you’ve never had any experience designing a web page, you probably don’t know what a tedious process it truly is. Make sure that your developer understands, what kind of time-frame you’re working with, but try to be understanding about the time it takes for you to get the quality you want. By rushing your developer, you’re asking for sub-par results. On the other hand, don’t be shy about asking where the developer is in the process. It’s your right as the customer to know when things are expected to be done. Feel free to ask to see the site as it progresses. Your developer will be happy that you let him know you’re unsatisfied with something before he gets too far in and has to redo everything.
• Give your developer examples. You’re probably not up to date on your web design lingo, and your developer may be confused about what you’re looking for. If you get something radically different from what you asked for, it may be because the developer was unsure about your vision. Try to give the developer examples of websites you like, and point out the things that you like about it. Do you like how the links are categorized? Tell your developer and make sure they know that you expect something similar.
• Appreciate the functionality of the site. If you got your site back and it wasn’t what you were expecting, look at the site as a framework and see if you’re still unhappy. In your mind you may have had a grand vision of beautiful graphics and sliding panels. But in the end, is that what’s going to please your customer? Your developer probably went for simplicity, which is what you should be hoping for. Make it easy for your clients to find what they’re looking for, don’t scare them away with long-loading Flash graphics. Things like color schemes can be easily changed, like painting a wall in your house. But trying to move a wall is much more difficult so appreciate if the developer put it in the right place.