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Web development is a massive and global industry which is expected to boom even more in the future. A company may need to develop a website or web app. It may or may not have the web developers with the necessary skills. Hiring a web developer(s) may be a tricky path. In this article we give a systematic process of getting the right talent.
Why Develop a Website or Web App?
A website represents a company. It is used to provide more information about the company and its offerings. Many websites are eCommerce sites i.e they sell a variety of products and services over the Internet. Web developers ensure visitors to the site are provided an optimum shopping experience and fully secure and safe transactions.
Web Apps usually provide value and meet the needs of customers. Skilled web developers make apps easy to use, load faster, be attractive in appearance and perform better.
There are 3 major types of web developers.
These web developers code the visual interface of the site. They are responsible for creating or altering the design and layout of any particular website. Technologies used include HTML, CSS, React.JS and others. However, they don’t have the responsibility of making the website interactive or do any kind of data processing.
These web developers are responsible for database connectivity and program logic. Other things they do is improving site speed, integrating third-party services and others. Technologies used include Java, PHP, Python and more. Databases used include MongoDB, SQLite and more. Back-end specialists are responsible for making any website dynamic and interactive.
These software specialists are capable of developing and have experience in developing both the front-end and back-end of websites.
Advantages of Hiring Professional Web Developers
The latest technology is likely to offer better performance and provide more user-friendly features. Thus, your website or web app will be preferred to your competitors. You will experience increased revenue and profits.
Instead of developing a generic solution, design a solution that meets the specific and unique needs of the target customer audience. Thus, you provide better value to customers and make your product more attractive and have greater potential to sell. Be different and better than the rest of the marketplace.
Don’t waste time to learn and master the requisite web development technologies. Instead hire a professional who has the skills and experience in similar deliverables. Thus, you can focus on your core competencies and become better at what you do. An experienced professional will make less mistakes and execute the web project in less time. Time is critical for the project to be successful. Delays give an advantage to competitors. Remember an experienced web development specialist can craft a complex solution leveraging advanced technology at an affordable cost well within the stipulated deadline.
It is necessary that your website rank high in search engine results. Only then it will be noticed by customers and not get lost among many other websites. A competent web developer will skillfully integrate the necessary SEO algorithms into your website. Search Engine Optimisation plays an important role in the success of any modern-day enterprise.
Even after the website is developed you need a competent web specialist to resolve issues such as site speed, help in minimising downtime, protection from cyber threats and the like. Hence customers will get a pleasant user experience without interruptions. This will definitely result in repeat visits and more business for your company.
If you hire freelancers or outsourcing firms in inexpensive locations such as India, you get quality work at a low price. Plus, these entities do the job quicker than if you were to do it on your own. Another saving is real estate purchase/rental expenses. You don’t have to purchase the necessary software and hardware as the freelancer or outsourcing firm will have them already in place.
As per your changing requirements you can hire more or less people. Thus, you pay for only the resources and time you use.
How to Hire Quality Web Developers
This step is important irrespective of whether you hire freelancers from job portals or contact outsourcing firms for a dedicated team. Brainstorm with all stakeholders of the web project and jot down the details of the desired candidate. This could include a list of required skills, certifications, educational qualifications, hourly rates or compensation you are ready to pay, whether the job is onsite or virtual and others. This way you will not get many applications from candidates who don’t fit. You are likely to get suitable candidates who think they fit the profile.
Carefully go through each resume. Ask for client references and speak to them regarding the reliability and quality of the web developer. Go through each candidate’s online social profiles and online professional profiles.
Is he/she approachable and helpful? Unless team members are ready to co-operate and help each other, the success of the project is adversely affected. Another important factor is proactiveness. Does the developer give feedback, suggest enhancements and share opinions? Is the person able to work independently as well as collaborate in a team? Can he/she understand your needs and can you understand his/her response? Can the person take up leadership roles or resolve conflicts? Is he/she self-motivated and able to motivate others?
Technical skills are also referred to as hard skills. Note that not just the Project Manager but other members of the web development project such as designers, other web developers, quality analysts, business analysts should be present in the technical interview. The more the number of people in the technical interview, the higher the chances of selecting the right candidate.
You may encounter candidates who don’t fully meet the technical criteria. Discuss with other team members if he/she is self-motivated, adaptable and a quick learner. Then he/she can fill the role after a short and intensive training.
Some freelancers may come at a low price. For your safety, have a Service Level Agreement (SLA) and NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) in place before hiring them. Thus, they will be required to deliver at the stipulated time and not leak sensitive business information.
This is because they are qualified and experienced in their job. They also have access to a large talent pool in case you need a number of web developers or web developers skilled in a very new or very rare technology.
A good web developer will come up with multiple ways to solve your needs. Have a short paid technical test designed by your technical team to evaluate the competence of the candidate. Since the test is short and paid it will be an incentive to candidates who value their time and market value.