4 Things to ask your web developer

Let's play web design company...

It's easy to start a web design business. A little Photoshop trickery, a few convincing marketing phrases, some trendy business cards...and someone starts a web design business. We've seen it too many times over the years.

If you're looking for an experienced and reputable web design firm to partner with we strongly suggest asking these 4 questions. If you don't, there's a good chance Back40 Design will end up rescuing you, your project and your domain name. We've done it many times.

1. How many websites have you built?

Why ask? It takes more than a few websites to call yourself a web developer. We're thinking the magic number should be 100. That's when a developer or design firm has seen enough and tried enough to truly know the challenges. If you want to trust your web marketing to a new firm, then take that chance. If you want to go with a firm that’s earned the trust of hundreds of clients over the past 15 years, we'd like to know more about your project. Let's get started.

2. How's the financial health of your company?

Why ask? Because you don't want the company you are working with to close shop and shut their doors. We've seen it happen time and time again. Wouldn't it be best to work with a company who'll be here in the long run? Back40 Design is a debt-free, lawsuit-free company. We're designer-owned and profitable. That's our financial health.

3. Can I visit your office?

Why ask? An office visit gives you a sense of the people and the professionalism of the firm you're going to be working with. Hopefully long-term. If they won't let you visit their office or want to meet at a coffee shop. That's a red flag. We invite all our clients to visit our office (photos). Contact us for a design meeting or a consultation.

4. Is your company successful?

Why ask? If they can't grow their own company how can they grow yours? We're not talking about size or number of employees (although that can be a good indicator). We're talking about their success in the design industry. Ask their clients, their vendors and other designer professionals.