10 Questions You Need To Ask Your Singapore Web Developer Prior To Hiring

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It is always the intention of every website owner for the best possible SEO optimization to ensure that their website is not only well designed, well developed but is also able to get as much visibility online as possible.

A part of due diligence is asking questions. In the Singapore tech industry, many prospective business owners do not have those competencies required to know what your online business will need.

Technical terms and in-depth analysis characterize the nitty-gritty of being a web owner. It is why this article highlights some of the relevant questions you should ask your web developer before making the critical decision of choosing a web development partner.

  1. Are You Very Experience In Handling The CMS Of Choice?

The Content Management System (CMS) is the foundation upon which any of your online business website is developed. Therefore, you should make it a necessity to probe your web developer more about their preferred choice of CMS. Ask about premium and free CMS platforms to furnish you with additional options of developing your website. The additional information on free CMSs gives you the opportunity to familiarise with handy platforms to help you sharpen your skills on website management.

Your web developer should have the skill and experience to have managed the chosen CMS for at least 2 years and must be able to showcase at least 2 dozen websites similar to your requirements.

  1. What Is the Number of CMS Sites You Have Developed?

Quantifying the exact number of sites an individual has developed to determine their suitability for the job or their ability to deliver can be difficult.

However, it is a no-brainer to know that the higher the number of developed websites, the higher their capacity to deliver on the exact design you had preconceived.

In many occasions, developers quote (3) as the websites designed. (3) is an ideal number to signify you can trust the professional to deliver quality on time. (2) are an indication the person is still learning, and you risk losing on your investment should you decide to stick with them. (1) is a visible indicator the developer is an amateur in the industry and is using your website as a launching pad for their career.

However, the beginners are preferred due to their low cost of offering services. Development of an important website requires services of an expert web developer.

  1. How Good Are You at Modifying Templates?

At this point, it does not matter who you choose to conceptualise your idea. Templates require a standardised look to perform what they are intended.

Deviating from the gist of a template only make capitalising on your idea difficult.

Template customisation requires an expert with years of experience. Thus, ensure you invest in the right hiring agency to find the right expert with relevant skill set for website development.

  1. What Is Your Aptitude Level in Dealing with The Server Space?

Established CMS platforms like Joomla and WordPress do not experience problems with server compatibility issues.

Some websites are not optimised for servers supporting large CMS site. Therefore, when you use such servers as platforms for backing your website, it leads to reduced visibility of your website on SEO searches.

Hence, invest on a hosting server service to help you materialise your idea in good time.

  1. How Adept are You with MySQL and PHP?

The question is not relevant to some web owners. It becomes essential when you want to start optimising your website or blog.

The ability of your web developer to design an attractive and easy to relate to website requires someone with the right skillset in PHP and MySQL.

PHP develops dynamic content capable of being supported by any database system. An example of such a database system is MySQL.

  1. Which SEO Packages Do You Offer?

Before committing your website to a developer, purpose to find out the SEO products they offer to increase your visibility on search engines.

MOST developers to DO NOT possess the requisite skills to enhance your site’s marketing capabilities. You contract their services to optimise your website during the development, but you are disappointed later on when you realise your website is always in organic searches.

You need to be sure because blindly choosing a web developer to undertake your SEO strategy can cost you a year in opportunity cost, lost time, frustration and fees (to the web developer and then having to pay a REAL SEO expert). Make sure you ask him the questions stated in this article: “Singapore SEO Consultant: Test That They Know Their Stuff” and the glossary stated in MediaOne homepage.

  1. What Is Your Marketing Capability?

The difference between search engine optimisation and general marketing has always been confused by marketers. Distinguishing them makes a whole world of difference in increasing your ROI.

Marketing encompasses all methods of garnering followers for your site including SEO optimisation.

A good idea of marketing your product or services using SEO is YouTube. YouTube provides you with the opportunity to generate exposure for your videos and being paid at the same. You only need to mark your pieces with unique markers like backlinks so that viewers can track your site easily.

  1. How Excellent Is Your Mastery Of CSS?

Mastery of CSS is almost a mandatory requirement for web developers demanded by any hiring firm.

CSS affords the developer freedom to deviate from the traditional templates by allowing you to customise your website to your preference. It helps you avoid the boredom of using standardised models for your site.

Hence, it helps you develop a variety of products quickly.

  1. What Are Your Steps of Creating A Site?

There is no standard answer to this question because responses vary with every developer.

However, the question is essential in painting for you the general picture of how your site will be conceptualised.

  1. What More Are You Offering?

Purpose to find a web developer that offers more than you are asking for. The unique skill set is vital to your business for the infinite values it will add to your business. It is important to know because it helps inform your decision choosing when the most qualified web developer.

  1. Security

The internet is dominated by news and stories of hackers terrorising people almost on a daily basis.

Ensure you ask your developer if they will secure your website against hacking and their best proposal for adding extra security features to your site.

It a bonus query but very essential for ensuring the security of your website.

Finally, pricing has not been focused on because metrics determining of pricing web developing services vary with different web developing company. However, it is a known fact that expensive professional offer superior to services to cheap pros.

The questions highlighted above if communicated well, put your website at a good position of becoming a successful business platform.

About the Author

Tom Koh

Tom is the CEO and Principal Consultant of MediaOne, a leading digital marketing agency. He has consulted for MNCs like Canon, Maybank, Capitaland, SingTel, ST Engineering, WWF, Cambridge University, as well as Government organisations like Enterprise Singapore, Ministry of Law, National Galleries, NTUC, e2i, SingHealth. His articles are published and referenced in CNA, Straits Times, MoneyFM, Financial Times, Yahoo! Finance, Hubspot, Zendesk, CIO Advisor.


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