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Vetting a Web Developer: The Digital Detective Work for Small Businesses & Nonprofits

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Selecting a web developer is akin to choosing a trusted sidekick for your digital adventure. They’ll be the Robin to your Batman, the Watson to your Holmes. So, how do you ensure you’re teaming up with the right one? Grab your magnifying glass, and let’s investigate!

Portfolio Perusal

Dive into their portfolio. It’s the treasure trove showcasing their style, skills, and the kind of digital magic they can conjure for you.

Testimonials & References

A developer’s past clients are the chorus singing praises (or not). Listen attentively. Seek references and read reviews.

Technical Toolbox

What technologies and languages do they wield? Ensure their technical skills align with your project’s needs.

Responsiveness Matters

Communication is key. If they take eons to respond during the courtship, imagine the silent treatment you might get once the project begins!

Maintenance & Support

Post-launch support is crucial. Will they stick around to iron out the wrinkles, or will they vanish into the digital ether?

SEO Savvy

A beautiful website that no one visits is a digital ghost town. Ensure your developer has a solid understanding of SEO fundamentals.

Mobile Mindset

With the world thumbing through websites on phones, your developer should be adept at crafting mobile-responsive designs.

Timeline Transparency

Discuss timelines. A good developer will provide a realistic schedule, not one that promises the moon in two days.

Budget Breakdown

Understand the cost structure. Are you looking at a fixed price, hourly rate, or a quote that mysteriously multiplies as you proceed?

Chemistry Check

Finally, do you click? A harmonious working relationship makes the process smoother and more enjoyable for both parties.

Vetting a web developer isn’t just ticking boxes; it’s about finding someone who understands and shares your vision. With this guide in hand, you’re not just a client; you’re an informed partner ready to collaborate on creating something spectacular.

Happy vetting, and here’s to finding your digital dynamic duo!

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