October 01, 2020

Tips for Finding the Best Web Developer for Your Project

In our world, everything is done over the internet, which makes it much more important for businesses to have their own website. Creating a new website can be overwhelming especially when it comes to finding the right development team. At Allshore Virtual Staffing, we hire many different kinds of developers and have a few tips on what kind of work will help build your website.

Website Programmers

A website programmer creates the code that helps your website run and function. Depending on the size and scope of your website, you will need to look for front-end developers, back-end developer, or even a full stack developer that can handle both. Website programmers should have a basic skillset including skills like HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3, jQuery, PHP, and JavaScript. 

Graphic Designers

A graphic designer designs the layout of your website. They’re responsible for developing the theme, colors schemes, font text, navigation, and graphics that make your website attractive and user-friendly. Working in tandem with a front-end website programmer, they also help to decide how your pages will be cross-linked. Occasionally, graphic designers will also assist front-end developers with programming.

Occasionally, a graphic designer also does programming. Graphic designers should have a background in Adobe Photoshop and other image editing software, and front-end website programmers should have experience with skills like CSS/CSS3, HTML/HTML5, PHP, and jQuery.

SEO Specialist

SEO specialists are there to help you determine how to get your website out there and find its place in the market. In simple terms, they help with strategy to help ensure your website launch is a success, help you gain internet traffic, and generate sales.

Soft Skills of a Web Developer

In addition to great technical skills, we recommend looking for someone with great soft skills as well. This is a guideline for the soft skills you should look for in a team member. 

Response Rate

When your remote employee takes a long time to respond, it can cause distrust and leave you “stuck.” A quick response rate not only strengthens your relationship; it also increases productivity.

When you shortlist a few candidates, reach out to them two or three times to test their response rate and ability to shift back and forth between coding and communication.

A Clear Understanding of the Job Description

A lot of people don’t consider the details of the job carefully and apply blindly. Later, when they are interviewed, they have no idea what the job requirements are, and it only wastes time. To avoid this, you can include “trick” questions inside your job descriptions. These questions don’t have to be challenging, but the answers will tell you if the applicant is serious about the job, knows the requirements well, and has the comprehension needed. In contrast, if the applicant hasn’t answered the questions, it will show that they are not very detail-oriented and may not care enough about the job.

Samples of Previous Projects

When interviewing, ask your candidates to show their strengths and weaknesses by presenting examples of their previous work. Doing this will help you judge their skills and determine if they are the right fit for your team.

The best fit for your team will have both great technical and soft skills. By focusing on both in interviews, you are ensuring your developer not only has the technical knowledge to build your website, but the ability to maintain accountability and build trust. Set your project and your team up for success by thoroughly reviewing these skills before hiring!


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