5 Biggest RED FLAGS to Look for when hiring a Web Development Company

A Web development company is a service provider that will help you design, develop, and maintain your website. A well qualified web development company should have the capability of developing a website from scratch. Web development is not a one-stop-shop design and build a website for you kind of process. It takes ongoing collaboration between the client and developers to bring the vision to life. If you want your website to be developed from scratch, you need to find a web development company that has the capability of doing so. Here are some of the biggest flaws to look for in a web development company.

1. Lack of Price List for Their Services

As the client, you want to know what it will cost you to get your website designed and developed. You also want to know what services are or are not included in the package that you will be receiving from the company. A reputable web development company will eagerly share with the client an itemized breakdown of what is and isn’t being charged for. Be wary of companies that don’t offer a discovery period where they collaborate with the client to clearly define project needs and an itemized scoped budget. Agreements on project scopes and budgets should always be in writing. As the project evolves these documents should be updated to reflect that and shared with the client.  

2. Using a Lot of Jargon and Buzzwords in Their Advertising

You don’t want to be confused by the company you’re dealing with. You need to be able to understand everything they’re saying, and not have any questions left unanswered. If they use a lot of jargon and buzzwords in their advertising that’s a warning they may be using fancy terminology to cover their lack of expertise. During communications with the company, if they can’t answer your questions in an easy-to-understand manner, that’s another sign they don’t know their business well. Likewise, if they try to avoid answering certain questions. Your business interaction should be clear and transparent.  

3. Lack of Understanding SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

SEO is one of the most important aspects of your website. All you need to do is make sure that your website has the proper keywords in it so that it can be found by people that are looking for those particular keywords. The search engines are the ones who determine whether or not your website will be ranked in the top position when they look at hundreds of websites. If you have a web development company that doesn’t understand SEO, their websites’ rank will not be good enough to get into the top positions when people search for the keywords you’ve used on your website. 

4. Lack of Getting the Support You Need When You go Live

Another situation to be aware of is that not all web development companies offer ongoing support and maintenance once a site goes live. If there are bugs and mistakes found after a site goes live you will need someone to correct them. If you know you need ongoing support make sure this is discussed as part of scoping the project to ensure a company suits your needs. It is to the benefit of everyone to choose a company that does both development and ongoing support. A web development company can offer better support for something it built, versus correcting someone else’s work. Any agreements on ongoing support should be made in writing as well. 

5. Lack of Taking the Time to Understand Your Business and How it Works

A web development company should take the time to understand what your business needs are in order to build the best website to grow your business. Be wary of companies that are not taking the time to ask questions about what kind of business you are, what your long-term  goals are and what kind of content you are looking to share with your customers. That information is needed for a web development company to tailor a website to your personal business needs while allowing room for scalability. 

When choosing a web development company, these are five of the major flaws to watch out for. By being aware of these signs, you’ll be better equipped to make an informed decision and avoid any potential problems down the road and ensure you are making a wise investment in the web development team you choose. If you are looking to start a partnership with a renowned tech company that brings innovation and technology together through human possibility, call or visit One Blink Technology Group, LLC. They will readily and expertly assist you with all your questions and web development needs.