I get asked this question all the time: How do I find a web developer? Where should I look? Who should I ask?
I also see far too many people wait too long to fix issues with their websites because they didn’t know who to ask. No more! Today, we’ll highlight a number of ways to find the perfect web developer.
When in doubt, often your own city is a great place to start. This helps narrow down the possibilities to an amount you can assess, understand, and make an educated choice from. I suggest Craigslist as the place to scour your local market for experts. Local web contractors and developers-for-hire will often list their skills on your local Craigslist job board, so check and see if someone close is a good match.
Chances are you know someone who already has their own website. You probably even know a few people with websites, and can ask the one with the nicest site where they got it. In-person recommendations are great, because they give you a chance to find out a little bit about what it’s like working with that developer or web design team. Do they return emails and calls promptly? Any chance of getting something fixed on a Sunday? Are they reliable over the long term, or disappear after one project?
All great questions you can ask anyone with a nice website.
Find out Who Developed Your Favorite Website
This one’s great, because it gets you in touch with the developer who built your absolute favorite website. First, look around online at websites that you really like. Pinterest is a great place to start, as are websites in your own niche/industry.
Once you locate the site that resonates the most with you – you need to get in contact with the site owner. Look for a contact page, and shoot them a friendly email, social media message or give a ring. This may take a little persistence as we all know business owners are busy! It will be worth it, though, when you’re able to ask them who built their lovely website and if they’d be so kind as to refer you.
Referrals can be a great win-win-win situation, so be sure to mention who sent you when you do get in contact with your dream web developer – and tell them what you really liked about their work. This will form a great basis for a working relationship with them moving forward.