Whatever your development needs, it is always necessary to choose the right web developer who has the skills that match your requirement. Before you start your search there are certain things you need to consider. First you need to be clear on your objective and create a brief roadmap of your project. This will help you to align your conversations with potential developers in the right direction. Your expectations from the project would be clear to the developer right from the beginning. Whatever technical expectations, whether it’s a website to be developed in WordPress or Drupal or any other technology, should be made clear in the beginning itself. When you hire a freelance web developer you need to ensure that you the final outcome of the project is as per your expectations and also you develop a relationship which would be useful for many years to come. Here are few tips on what to consider while hiring a web developer.
While discussing the project requirements you also need to discuss the timing, that is, when you would require the first draft of the deliverable. For example when you hire a WordPress developer, you would finalize the date when you require the first design to be submitted. It would help if you outline the key milestones of your project so that expectations are clear to the developer well in advance. The availability of the developer according to your timelines can also be discussed. Thus by defining the timelines you get an idea of how much time and energy is going to be spent on the project and by when it would be ready.
Along with defining the timelines, you also need to clarify the details about the deliverables that you expect. For example these details could include the file formats that you need your files in, how you want the files delivered, through email or file server etc. Providing these details to the developer in advance would free you of numerous hassles later on.
While planning the project you would have a fixed amount you would spend on the project. Keeping that in mind you need to negotiate with the freelance web developer. Hiring an agency is generally expensive and if you get a freelancer with the right skills you can be honest with your project budget and if the deal works, it could be an advantage for you, rather than going for a professional development company.
The key here is you need to identify the right developer, a talented, inexpensive, prompt developer, someone who would accept your feedback and act on it. The developer should have professionalism and adhere to the timelines. Make sure the developer is competent to handle all your project requirements and is available online to answer your queries and doubts. It would be good idea to go through the developers’ portfolio and experience. He should have worked with different clients and have very good technical skills so that your project requirements are catered to.
The freelance web developer should be able to give creative and innovative solutions that are reliable and of quality.