Questions to Ask Your Web Developer When Getting a Quote

If you are looking into investing in a website but don’t know a lot of information about how websites and web design works, it’s OK, you can relax.

As long as you know the right type of answers to ask your developer when getting a quote, you won’t be taken for a ride. However, taking some time to research what things you would like on your website–specialized text and images, video, slideshows, ecommerce etc.- is extremely beneficial to you so that you have an idea of what you’re looking for and an idea of how to ensure that’s what you’ll get.

This brings us to the first and most important question to ask a prospective developer:

1) Show me your work

Hiring a developer is like hiring any other type of employee, you must investigate their past work, references, and have access to current projects they have contributed to. If your developer tries to give you a link or PDF file of websites that are not in use anymore, you need to tell them you will only look at websites that are currently operational. Have the developer point out and discuss specifically what they worked on with each of these websites. Many times this will reveal if the developer was just a designer for what you see and the back-end programming was all completed by someone else.

2) What will you do for me?

The second question that you should ask should be, “if I give you the opportunity to build a website for my business, what will you do for me?” A sure sign that a developer is in tune with your needs and wants is if they respond back by asking you more details about how your business functions. If a developer immediately starts rambling off all the elegant designs, website headers and web banners they can offer you, they are simply rehearsing a speech used many times before and are offering you the same generic website all their previous customers have received. A developer that is genuinely interested in what your business does, how it works, what you represent, what your short-term and long-term goals are and more, is going to be able to offer you a custom website that is completely tailored to your business’ individual demands.

Once you’ve established the basics and have some insight into your prospective developer, it is now time to pinpoint all the costs and extras that will add up to success or failure such as:

  • How much will hosting cost me?
  • Is the website hosted in the country I’m running my business out of?
  • What is the expectable speed my website will load in?
  • Do I have to renew my domain or will you do it automatically?

Getting a very specific picture of how all the components of your website will work together and how much it will cost you will allow you to determine if this developer will suit you and your business’ needs the best. Your developer should be proud of their previous work and should promise to keep your website effective by offering to keep your content refreshed, delivering a clear message of what and who your business represents, have easy navigation, fast loading time, promotional tools, and ensure you technological support during your training (if a Content Management System) and after. You don’t have to be a website developer to understand what your website should have that will meet your wants and goals. Just figure out exactly what to ask and have specific examples of what you are expecting your website to look like, and you will be able to find a perfect match for a web developer in no time.

Audio Websites — Web Developers: Make Money Now

Are you a website developer looking to establish a long-term relationship with a web content provider that could make money over the long-term for both of you? Have you considered becoming an expert in the providing of website audio content — in webcasting and podcasting? Knowing how to present web audio and how to manage such a site can be your key to making money over the web.

It is hard to pick up a periodical about the web these days without coming upon an article about the ever increasing use of substantive audio content in websites. Webcasting and podcasting are the rage. These websites can make money through banner ads, click-throughs, and charging for downloads of audio content.

An audio-based website can include, for instance real-time streaming of a radio talk show or an interview. It can also contain archived materials, such as past shows, the equivalent of books-on-tape, and the like.

A web site developer can team up with the audio content provider, using cost and revenue sharing in order to make the enterprise beneficial to both.

The success of such a venture can be heightened by the use of low-cost audio. For instance, the audio could consist largely of streaming or recorded conversation about hot topics in international affairs, national politics, the economy, and trends and issues in our ever-changing culture, philosophy, and religious expression.

The likelihood of success can also be heightened if the format involves the same basic co-hosts, with the occasional invited guest, where the co-hosts are knowledgeable, clear-speaking, with a sense of humor; but who also often find themselves on opposite sides of the issue under discussion. The spark of life attracts the visitor.

And believe me, there are audio content providers with in-demand audio ready to team up with the right web developer. I know, because I am co-host of the US Virgin Islands-based and currently broadcast-based talk radio program known as Island Insight, with my co-host Randall Scott Johns. We are ready to move on to the web with live, streaming conversation, as well as archived shows. There must be others out there as well, ready to provide you with the content you need.

So, get ready for the future, for the future is now. Get the word out that you know how to do it and you are ready to design a high-quality product. Be a part of the future, and have fun doing it.

Stages of Web Development for a Website

Web development is most important part of any website where certain planned and systematic steps have to be followed in order to get the perfectly looking and functioning site.

– The first requirement for a website is to choose a right web host service provider that have important role in launching it on the World Wide Web. There are ample of choices available for selecting the right web hosting company from the options. Many options of web hosting are available to select from like- free web hosting, self hosting, ISP hosting services, co-location and store builder services.

Small scale websites are allured by free web hosting services and choose it without thinking about its long-term ill-effects. Here in free web hosting the online space is very limited and they expect you to put up their ad on your website, or else you might encounter problems with the bandwidth limits been provided.

– Having a unique domain name is like having an online address with a specific name related to your company and business. A website is identified by an internet connected server by a domain name. To acquire a domain name the user have two options, first to pay a yearly fees and second to host the website on free hosting. When you select a domain name some points have to be kept in mind like- it should be easy to spell, easy to remember, short and sweet and does not include numbers and special characters.

– Next step in web development is to design the website after the domain name and web hosting service provider has been finalized. A website with good and original content supported by simple yet elegant website design is always liked by the people. A professional web designer has complete knowledge and skills of design basics, HTML and CSS which is the basis of website designing.

– When the web content and design has been finalized, proofread the entire website repeatedly. You might come across some points or features that you want o change. If you find any unwanted text or some information than delete it. Insert in relevant images wherever necessary. After this the next step is to test the website on different browsers and see to it that it runs successfully on them. If you have a set date to launch a website than make it sure that it gets online on that particular date.

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