Finding a good developer to trust with the designs you work so hard on can be an intimidating task. We’ve all heard stories of websites that look nothing like the design or developers who just disappear part-way through the project.
We want to make sure you end up with pixel-perfect websites that you and your clients love. So today, we’ll go over 4 things to look for when searching for a developer.
Find an Experienced Developer
First, find a developer with experience. We all need to start somewhere, but if you want your designs to be perfectly translated into a website, you need to find someone who has done it a time or two.
To make sure your developer knows their stuff, take a look at their about page. Does it mention any formal training or past jobs in computer science or web development? Then, move on to their portfolio. Do they have any past work to show off? If someone claims to be a developer, but they don’t have anything on their website to support it…run.
Look at Their Portfolio
Next, take a look at their portfolio. We talked about this a little in step 1, but if you’re convinced the developer you’re considering has experience, it’s time to take a closer look.
Take a look at the projects they’re showing off. Did they create custom themes or are they heavily based off of a pre-made theme from a shop? Does it look like they’ll be able to handle your design style?
If a developer hasn’t done a project that closely matches your style, it’s not too much to worry about. But make sure you let them know what to expect before the two of you officially agree to work together.
Check out Their Communication Style
Step 3 is to think about communication. It might seem simple, but communication is huge in collaborations between a designer and developer.
The best way to test this out is to start by checking out their blog and website. If you like the way they communicate, take it to a Skype call. If the two of you hit it off and agree with the process of completing a project together, you may have found your match!
Do a Test Run
And the last step is to give it a test run. Don’t feel guilty about making it clear that your first project is a test run. A good developer will want to make sure the two of you are a good fit just as much as you will. You can always start on a smaller project or agree that your first website is a trial. Hopefully, you’ll find that the two of you make a great team, but if not you can know that it’s just one project that you have to worry about.
If you go through these four steps and find that a developer you’re considering has experience, will be able to handle your design style, has good communication skills, and performs well during a trial run, you’ve found your match! And between you and me, be sure to keep that person close because good developers are hard to come by.
For more insights on what it’s like to work with a developer, check out my interview on Digital Inbound.
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