Tips For Working With Your Web Developer

While there are many unscrupulous or unqualified web designers in the marketplace, most web developers are interested in helping you have a successful and profitable website. There are many things you, the web site owner, can do to help the process go smoothly – or feel like a disaster! The following is a partial list of some of the ways you can help your own web development process go smoothly by being a great client.

  1. Hire a web designer who will explain the process and options to you. Your web designer doesn’t know about your organization or market, he or she should also be asking you a lot of questions. If your designer balks at explaining things to you – get a different designer!
  2. Listen to your designer and ask questions until you understand both the steps the designer will be taking and what they mean to your organization. Don’t just rubber stamp everything, UNDERSTAND IT! The client who just agrees and doesn’t understand will probably be the client who is angry when things don’t go the way they want. Remember that you are the site owner. If you don’t know understand the basics of your web site, ultimately, it’s your problem, not the designer’s.
  3. Take a web marketing and design course. That will help you communicate with your web developer.
  4. Have definable goals. Write down what you hope to achieve with your website, and tell your designer which items are most important to you. Your web developer may have some great suggestions for you. Work with your developer to outline the order of steps that will be taken on your site.
  5. Don’t be angry with your developer for work that wasn’t done when you asked for something else to be done first! If you need to change the site priorities, find out where the developer is in the current task list and explain whether you want the current task completed before the priorities are changed. Remember that means that the work that was stopped may not completed and will need to be revisited later.