Many people make a mistake in selecting the correct website development partner for their business and regret once their website is near completion. Normally, people generally ask for prior experience and cost estimate and make a decision based on these two parameters.
However, selecting the right website development partner for your business is very important as that is the first step for your online business and should be handled with care and with the help of a professional team.
One should consider the following parameters at the time of evaluating the right partner:
You should know how old the web development company is and who are its owners / promoters. This gives you a fair bit of idea about the company’s credibility and you are sure that it is not a fly by night company
It is very important to know the list of current clients of the web development company as you can check their references and also evaluate the kind of work this company undertakes.
Once you know the current clients, it would be good to know if there are any case studies the company has to showcase as part of their presentation. This gives you a fair bit of idea that the company will go the extra mile to create another successful case study for your business rather than simply create a website and forget about it.
Knowing the team size and structure is an important aspect since you want to be sure that your project will be handled by a team of experts and not by any individual. Moreover, this gives you a fair bit of idea about the resources which can act as backup, if the main developer working on your project goes on leave.
After you know the team size of the company, you should also know the various aspects of website designing they can undertake in future.
For example, currently you might be looking for a website development but if the company as a Search Engine Optimization team, then they would develop your website in a way which supports the parameters for Search Engine, since they would have the required expertise and skillset
Once you know the various strengths of the company, it is imperative to know their core competency.
For example, you might not like to get your website developed from a team who are specialists in Website Promotions and also undertake website development work as a secondary line of business.
Prior Relevant Experience
It is always a good idea to know if this company has developed any projects in the same industry you are into.
For example, if you are in the automobile industry and the development company has a prior working experience with some client in the same industry, it is quite probable that they would know the user’s expectations from such websites and how the industry works.
Strategy for your website
At the evaluation stage, always ask for a strategy that the development company can suggest for your kind of business online. Just creating a website based on your instructions will not be enough since it would be great to have a development team who can suggest more ideas and provide more value to the project.
Account Management Team
Once you are satisfied with all the above parameters, it would be a good idea to know the team who is going to manage your project. This will give you a good idea about the kind of resources which will be deployed for your project, escalation matrix , etc.
The proposed cost by the web development company surely plays a vital role for you to take a decision. However, the cost should not only be evaluated on the basis of other quotations received, but also on the basis of all the above factors in mind.
At times, going with a company who is slightly expensive but has a fair bit of understanding of your requirements and industry is always a safer bet than going with a company who is the cheapest of the lot.
You need to ensure that the timelines being proposed by the web development company is as per your initial plan since you do not want your project to get completed after months of expectations, since timing is a very important aspect in any business.
Scope of Work
Make sure you get a detailed scope of work from the company at the time of signing the contract. This not only gives enough clarity to both the parties, but also saves a lot of time at the development stage since all the requirements are well documented, thus saving on time to roll out the final website.
All he above points, though important, are not hard and fast rules before finalizing a web development company. The rules can differ from projects to projects, but it is always advisable to keep the above in mind at the time of evaluating several web development companies.