How to Choose a Website Development Company and Don’t Waste Your Money?

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It’s not as easy to find a good, reliable, and skilled web-development team today. Thousands of companies all around the world (there are more than 20,000 names in the Clutch’s list of web devs) offer their services. They attract clients’ attention with catchy titles, a variety of development options, and «best prices». A customer has to explore sites, check reviews, and compare numerous offerings to find the best one. Still, there are no guarantees that one will find a professional team that can create decent websites.

Thus, we want to talk about the process of software company selection. Will try to answer the main question: how to find a development partner and be satisfied with the result? Let’s find out!

The Difficulty in Choosing a Development Studio

Nearly each recently graduated software engineer gets his/her own website and begins to deliver web development services. Fresh studios and startups are sure that they are skilled enough to create websites for a relatively high price. Companies position themselves as digital-agencies with high-end tech and corresponding pricing. But let’s be honest. Professionals are rare and that’s the main issue for clients.

While almost all companies promise the best quality, it often happens that the project finishes with a lot of bugs and underdeveloped functions. As a result, you get poor performance, low conversion rates, money and time expenses, and so on. Due to cooperating with amateur studios, customers may end up with extremely high further costs related to fixing errors and upgrading software.

To avoid bad results, we suggest checking our tips disclosed in the next section.

8 Features of the Best Website Development Partners

Further, we list eight key distinctive characteristics of reliable and professional development companies.

1. Own Website
It’s obvious that a web development studio without own site can barely be trusted. There are some firms that promote their services via free online aggregators or even land-based agencies. They provide only phone numbers and/or emails. Still, if a company couldn’t create its own web page, how you can be sure that it can deliver a good site for you?

When it comes to teams with websites, you should remember about proper analysis. Look at design, interface, functionality, portfolio, blog, and overall content quality. By exploring the company’s site, you will be able to understand the capabilities of developers. Don’t expect to get a page much better than the studio’s own one.

2. Own Office
Half of web development teams don’t have real offices as they operate online only. However, you as a client want to have a place where employees are ready to talk with you. It’s particularly useful for complaints because virtual companies have more chances to avoid your calls or emails. But if you come to the office, they can barely ignore you. This point is less important for offshore developers like Diceus, located overseas and accessible online only.

3. Contract-Based Work
Professional studios must sign contracts with clients. This is the obligatory requirement as it allows both parties to solve any potential problem legally. When you sign a contract, check terms and conditions, including rights and obligations of all participants, schedules, costs, approaches to accidental cases, and so on. Avoid firms that aren’t officially registered and don’t provide contracts as they are more likely to disappear in case of conflicts.

4. Specifications and Tech Requirements
Good teams always accept documents with detailed information about the product (website). These papers are called software requirements specifications or SRS. They include exhaustive data about the future site: structures, design, functions, content, etc. The best dev teams even help customers to create perfect SRS to avoid miscommunications later. Be sure to sign this document to get guarantees of the project’s quality and on-time delivery.

5. Skilled Staff Members
Rarely, professional development studios include only two or three workers. Usually, they are at least midsized teams with dedicated experts focused on specific development aspects.

The most essential jobs are as follows:

  • Managers. Control the project development and communicate with clients.
  • Marketers. Design advertising companies, promote websites and optimize pages.
  • Designers. Create the websites’ design. Ideally, they should do it from scratch.
  • Coders. Develop sites architecture, connect them to CMS, implement functions.
  • Copywriters. Provide content for the future website.
  • QA engineers. Test the project and find bugs or errors.

Each employee should do its job without extra activities to keep the results on the highest level. Thus, a team will be able to reduce errors and speed up processes.

6. Modern Software
Applications are constantly updated. Developers introduce new versions of software that are helpful to make your website more innovative and convenient. For instance, Joomla recently was used nearly everywhere but now it’s considered as an outdated platform. Instead, devs utilize more powerful and handy CMS called MODX. Among other popular apps, we can mention Opencart, WP, Bitrix, and Magento. Ensure that your partners use updated software.

7. Different Services
Some web dev studios focus on a few development approaches, e.g. site creation or promotion only. You can deal with them but when you clearly realize that the business requires only the listed services.

In other cases, it’s better to choose a company with a wide selection of development options. Such firms do everything from the coding to content writing to advertising to tech support. Moreover, they provide for secondary services such as SEO analysis, branding/rebranding, redesign, hosting, and more. Usually, these teams deliver turnkey solutions that are pretty suitable for you as a client.

8. Good Reputation
Finally, dedicated forums and sites list a lot of reviews of nearly all development companies. It’s suggested to check feedback on the chosen firm to get your first impression. As well, previous partners of the company often provide their own feedback that can be found at the official website of the developers. Studios are proud of their achievements so you can easily spot testimonials with logos of large partners. The only thing you should remember is that competitors may place paid negative reviews on their market rivals to get more clients.

The Final Choice
Before you accept the cooperation with any development team, be sure to analyze it basing on these eight points. Don’t forget about prices, too. Professional companies rarely feature cheap costs but they deliver decent quality. Explore pricing in your city and country to get average rates and choose a company with the best money/quality balance. Take your time, feel free to discuss all questions with managers, and you will end up with a really good partner.

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