online presence requires choosing the best website development company and offers tips on how to make the right choice.
According to Peter Crisafi, Vice President of dzine it, Inc., he comes across countless business owners who are unsure of where to begin when it comes to developing their company’s first website or have had previous experiences that have left a bad taste in their mouths.
“When it comes to website development, your online presence is a window into your business and, if developed properly, you have the potential for the world to see in,” says Mr. Crisafi. “This is why it is so important to have a website that is not only visually stimulating, but functional, easy to use, and, ultimately, can help your business to grow.”
Crisafi says that when choosing a website developer, it is important to do your homework because often having a poorly developed website is just as bad, if not worse, than having no website at all. That is why he suggests working with professionals.
‘Everyone has a friend or a cousin, or the brother of a co-worker that does websites, with varying levels of experience,’ says Crisafi, ‘and though you can save money purchasing web development services from someone who creates websites as a hobby, the truth is it is not a very business savvy choice.’
Hiring a professional web developerhttp://www.dzineit.net or web development firm is essential to ensuring that all of the ingredients of a quality web presence are added to create the perfect finished product. Professionals know all the guidelines, trends, and tricks to ensure that your website is compatible with all Internet browsers, search engine friendly, and the best it can be to measure up to your competition.
Crisafi also suggests that you have realistic goals when planning your website.
‘Do not to expect your new website to be developed overnight for a couple of hundred bucks,’ he says. ‘Like you would expect from any quality product, quality website development takes time and money.’
When developing a website, there is a great amount of planning, research, programming, and production that is required. In addition, there will likely be revisions that will have to be made at your request once you have seen elements of the finished product.
With the amount of work that goes into a quality website development project, you should expect and want to pay a fair price. You know the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” Website development is no different. Of course, no one wants to pay through the nose either. The best way to approach your project is to have a budget in place first and be sure to tell potential developers exactly how much you wish to spend. Remember, websites can always be built in stages as a cost saving measure as well.
According to Crisafi, entrusting your website to one person, rather than a professional firm, may not be such a good idea either.
Think about the elements of a website. To develop your company’s online presence, you are going to want a good designer, a good programmer, and a good writer. You may even need a photographer or flash animator, depending on the vision you have in your head. It is unlikely that you are going to find one person to meet all of these needs and coordinating different professionals to work together on your project is sure to cause at least a few headaches.
That’s why you will want to consider a website development firm that can give your site everything it needs, soup to nuts, using their own team of professionals.
How do you know they are professionals? Look at their portfolio, says Crisafi.
A great website development portfolio shouldn’t just look good, but should instead offer potential clients some variety to ensure that the development company is versatile enough to cater to the needs of your unique business. Pay careful attention to the website designs contained in the portfolio, as well, to ensure that they also show a variety of designs and do not all look the same.
Of course, testimonials are important too. Find out what current and previous clients have to say not necessarily about the finished product, but what it was like to work with the company. Did they feel it was worth the money that they spent? Was it easy to work with staff members? Was there flowing communication? Look for testimonials that seem genuine and describe the experience as a whole.
Communication is important, as well, says Crisafi.
Make sure that you can understand your website developer. You want to work with someone you can talk to and understand, so that you know exactly what you are getting and so that they can deliver exactly what you need. A good website developer will nix the technical jargon when speaking with clients and explain the technical aspects of website development in a manner that is down to earth and easy to understand.
Also pay close attention to what they ask of you. While colors, pictures, and page titles are important, a good web developer will want to know everything there is to know about your business, your competition, and, of course, your needs, so that they can deliver you the best possible product.
“Deciding where to turn for quality website development can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be difficult,” says Crisafi. “Use these helpful hints to get you started on making informed decisions when it comes to bringing your business to the Internet’s masses. After all, your business is your livelihood’ shouldn’t its future be in good hands?”
Established in 2003, dzine it, inc. is a leader in Custom web development, web programming and design solutions for small and large business, agencies. The company offers a wide range of business-centered visual communication solutions, including web-based content management, web design, graphic design, custom web software applications, ethical white hat search engine optimization (Organic SEO), Video Encoding, and print media solutions. For more information, call 718.336.2660 or visit www.dzineit.net.