Your business is your baby and it is going to take a lot of love and care to grow – including a well built and managed website. That is why you should ask these three questions before hiring a web developer.
Giving birth to a business is a lot like giving birth to a baby. You dream about the idea long before it ever happens, you protect and grow it for a long time (probably longer than 9 months), and then you show it to the world.
Once your baby is born, you definitely don’t just hand he/she over to anyone without asking A LOT of questions first. So, why would you do that with your business?
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Especially when it comes to managing your website.
Here are the three essential questions you must ask before hiring a new web developer.Your business is your baby and it is going to take a lot of love and care to grow - including a well built and managed website. That is why you should ask questions before hiring a web developer. Click To Tweet
Will you protect my data?
Although the word data sounds boring and overwhelming it is IMPORTANT!
Therefore, you want to make sure that the person you are entrusting to create your website is going to be protecting it.
In regards to HOW they should be protecting your data ask them questions about maintaining software updates (keep up with the times), how your passwords will be protected/encrypted (you don’t want to get hacked), and what anti-virus software they will be using (bugs are bad).
You want a developer that protects your passwords, uses anti-virus software on their computer, and uses up-to-date software on the computer(s) used to develop your site. Ask what website security tools they implement on business websites.
For more information about data protection, check out these 9 easy steps to protect your business information.
Do I own my accounts/website?
If you remember one thing, remember this: YOUR WEBSITE IS YOURS!
No matter who you trust to create/run your website, you should hold all major control over it. On any website or software you are using, you should be listed as the owner and your web developer should be listed as an admin.
I can’t tell you how sad it is when a business owner’s relationship with a web developer sours, and they learn they need to start completely over because they don’t own their domain and/or hosting accounts.
Make sure the web developer agreement states you may work with any developer you choose after initial website development (no offense to them, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do).
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Have you worked on any accounts similar to mine?
Choosing your web developer is not the best time to give the kid next door the benefit of the doubt unless of course, they are legit.
Ask web developers you are interviewing about their areas of expertise and past projects. Gather links to work samples. Check whether it is something you would be satisfied with before making your final choice.
Hi! I’m Jen! I have over 25 years of training, teaching, and executive experience in leadership, strategic project planning, and digital marketing. Today, I am the founder of Women Conquer Business, a boutique consulting firm dedicated to helping women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community build sustainable businesses. I’m a frequent guest speaker and trainer. Get access to my free business growth accelerator and hang out with me on my weekly women in business podcast, Women Conquer Business.