6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Web Developer

6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Web DeveloperOne of the biggest and most frustrating mistakes an organization can make with their website is to hire the wrong web developer to build it.  In this video, I explain 6 questions to ask a developer before hiring them to build a website.

Read the full transcript at: 6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Web Developer 

The 6 questions are:

1) Why are you in business? Understand what motivates them.

2) How many people are in your company? If just one, are you full-time are part-time doing this on side? This goes to their availability and the likelihood they’ll be around in the future.

3) What website platform are you using? Is it desktop or web-based? Proprietary or non-proprietary? Will I be able to manage it myself? Can I take it somewhere else if I’m not happy?  The platform used by the developer will answer all these sub-questions.

4) Can you provide links to other sites you’ve developed?  Evaluate their past experience and quality of work.

5) Once the site is up, how do we get support? Phone, e-mail or no support at all? The site building process is just the starting point. You want your website to grow with you.

6) Can I have some references, please?  Beyond looking at a developer’s portfolio, call some of their clients and find out how they were to work with.

I hope that this has been insightful and helps you hire the right web developer for your organization.  Of course, if you are looking for a web developer, we would love to speak with you and answer these questions and more.

What are your thoughts on these questions? Are there other questions you would ask web developers before choosing to hire one?

Mark Steinbrueck is President and Co-founder of OurChurch.Com. He is a member of Generations Christian Church, a husband and father of 3. He is a huge Cardinals baseball fan and bleeds Garnet and Gold. Find on Google+.

One Response to “6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Web Developer”

  1. The main skill I look for in a web developer is intelligence*, a desire to learn and an adoration of web standards. These questions target knowledge rather than capacity to learn. So, for each question remove 2 points if the answer, whether correct or not, sounded like it was quoted from a text book or this blog entry (unless, of course, you are interviewing me). Add points for interviewee efficient thought processes: if they didn’t know the answer to start with but figured it out in the end.