Before you buy web development or web design services, you must assure to yourself that the service you are going to choose is not a scam at all. This is as vital as digging the soil before constructing a building upon it.
Similar to other industries, web design and development industry is also filled with scam companies which over-promise and under-deliver. There are many companies out there which have good search engine rankings but poor customer satisfaction record, resulting overall into web development scams. A simple insight into reputation of web development company you are going to work with can save you from wasting weeks of your time and hundreds of Dollars from your hard-earned money.
So what are the things to checkout for choosing a professional web design and development company for your business or personal needs? Here it is:
To start with, checkout the about us page of their website. Check whether it is looking professional or not, read the details inside carefully and know where they come from. If it looks doubtful, cross-check whether what they are claiming to be is real or not.
Find out how many years of experience the company has. Especially if you are going to have a bulky website with lots of functionalities, you will need an experienced web development company that has skilled developers who can understand your business, your requirements and your target prospects.
The company with greater experience will be more likely to do it all right at the first time and you will be saved from unexpected issues. Experience matters because experienced companies would already have had faced the problems which might appear when working with your website and they won’t let it happen. While if the web development company you have chosen for your huge website is newer, though it will cost you less, you have to be ready to face at least few unexpected problems.
Usually you will find out company’s experience details on its own about us page, but if you can’t, try out finding it from search engines and other resources like yellow pages.
Not only years count, it also matters how many projects your web development company has previously worked with. Have a deep look at the portfolio (Usually available on company’s website) showing company’s previous works. Mainstream web development companies those are professional, will surely have a separate portfolio page on their website. Checkout some of the live sites done by them similar to your desired website, it will give you clear idea whether the company is suitable for your taste or not.
You can find out testimonials of your web development company directly on its site, however, many companies fake it out as it’s up to them to display reviews of their website. So if you think those reviews to be self-promoting, check out at review and rating websites for that company.
Usually businesses listed with Google Places have user reviews on their Google Places page which can be useful to you. Additionally, try checking out company reviews and testimonials from websites like Foursquare, Yelp, Yellowpages. Some websites also offer reviews specific for web development companies, have maximum benefit of them to verify the reputation of your chosen web development company.
Just like other businesses, website design and development industry also has standardization authorities and various accreditations to prove credibility of the company. For example, company with ISO 9001:2008 certification is trustable for your web development and design needs.
Ask your website development company whether they have a standard accreditation and a well-set management structure within it. If needed, visit the company personally at its physical location.
The basic steps stated above will help you checkout trustability of your web design & development company, but apart from those checkpoints, you should also stay aware from companies which have websites reflecting following characteristics:
- Huge fonts, some of them with highlighted and over charmed in order to grab your attention
- No about us, contact us or no portfolio page on their website
- Website with low PageRank (If the company is well-known, it will surely have a few good backlinks to it and at least PageRank 1)
- Company’s portfolio showcases many websites owned by single owner or websites those are company’s own websites.
Checkout whether that company is providing you direct contact to its previous customers or not, checkout social profiles of company and external websites and business lists that are referring it. There are many sites that run consumer forums, checkout those websites and post your questions related to your web development company on that.
ScamAdvisor and ScamWarners are trusted scam advisory services where you can checkout for your web development company for free.
Well, preventions are countless but be sure to have them before buying web development services, it will save you from many hassles and headache that you might have to face otherwise due to unprofessional approach of company.
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