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What to Look For When Deciding on a Web Developer

August 25th, 2018

In this day and age websites are an absolute necessity when marketing your business. No matter what business you are in, people are searching online for what you offer.

With that being said, when deciding on a web developer there are important things to look at before making that decision.

1. Reliability: Is my website developer available when I need them? As your business continues to grow, your website needs to grow with you. It is important to have a web developer to help you make those changes. Not having a web developer who can be there when you need them can cost business. Making timely updates to your website is important to providing new information to your potential clients. Website updates generally are fairly simple and can be completed rather quickly. Make sure your web developer is available when you need them and can make changes right away.

2. Customization: There a lot of web developers that offer templated website designs at a much lower cost, however what people don’t realize is that most template designs can hinder what you are trying to accomplish with your site. Most template websites do not offer the flexibility needed for a quality business website. For example if you want to add utilities to your site such as video flash animation or photo galleries, this can be a difficult and expensive process if you use a developer that does template websites. Many times the developers utilizing templates will not have the programming knowledge to do what you need. With a custom website the developer is building the site to your needs, not you trying to fit into the limitations of the design.

3. Experience: Experience is key when looking at a web developer. Generally more experienced website developers are going to be more expensive, but you will make it up in quality. When looking at building a custom website an experienced web developer will be able to give you an accurate price and time quote, rather than “learning on the job”, and this will likely save you time, money and frustration through the building process.

4. Versatility: Finding a web developer who, not only is skilled in the programming and development side of the web, but the design aspect is extremely important. There are a lot of extremely talented programmers who can build websites but lack design capabilities. Conversely, there are a lot of great designers who lack the knowledge of how to build or program a website. Finding a developer who is skilled in both aspects is important, they will not only be able to build you a website that has great functionality but will also be able to create a site that visually stunning. Both of these aspects are important to the visitors of your site. You want them to be able to easily navigate the site and not get frustrated and leave they can’t find what they are looking for. If your site doesn’t look professional, people will not look at your organization as a professional.

5. References: References are important in any business, but when it comes to a web developer there are must. Make sure you ask for links to sites they have done previously. Be specific, if you are looking for your site to do something in particular, make sure that developer can you show you samples of what they have done. Make sure to call some of their current clients as this is a great way to find out how easy a web developer is to work with, and what kind of response times they have when it comes to making changes.

Three Web Developer Jobs to Consider

August 24th, 2018

Are you interested in web developer jobs? If so, there is one thing that you must first become acquainted with. Do you know what that may be? You need to learn what types of web developer jobs are available. As you can imagine, this is one of the largest growing industries in the world. With the internet and technology on the rise, it is safe to say that more and more web developer jobs are going to open up as the days go by.

So what type of web developer job is going to be best for you? This is not always the easiest question to answer, but it is one that you should deal with nonetheless. The fact of the matter is that when you find the perfect web developer job you will know it. After all, this is the position that will allow you to make a living doing something that you love. All in all, you should make sure that you do not give up until you secure the best web developer job that you can find.

Here are three web developer jobs that you may want to consider. And remember, if you cannot find these positions within a company, you should look into doing so on a freelance basis. This may lead you to financial and personal success that you never knew existed.

1. Being a website designer is something that you should consider. As you can imagine, it takes a good skill set to succeed in this arena, but it is a hot position right now. More and more companies are hiring full time website designers, and on top of that, they are paying premium money for people who are talented. As mentioned above, you may also want to consider being a freelance designer. This will give you the chance to do what you love, but without having to get hired by a company.

2. Another popular web developer jobs is becoming a webmaster. This is slightly different than a website designer as you will not be taking care of the same tasks. As a webmaster you will more or less be in charge of all aspects of a given site. This means that you will keep a close eye on design, development, content, search engine optimization, and much more. There are many independent webmasters as well as some that work for companies.

3. There are many web developer jobs that are based around the software side of things. A lot of companies are constantly in need of updated software that can do the job better than before. Again, this is a position that is only for the highly talented, but these jobs are out there. Developing software can most definitely be a fun and rewarding career.

These are only three of the more popular web developer jobs that are available. If you look around online or in the classifieds, you are sure to find other positions that may work out for you.

Subcontracting your SEO and Web Development

August 22nd, 2018

Web development for the SEO (search engine optimization) expert includes using copywriters to generate SEO articles. Writers are tasked with generating copy based on lists of keywords. The challenge for the SEO expert is to find a writer that is capable of generating informative, interesting and at times entertaining copy that also meets the requirements of needed for SEO web development.

SEO experts use web copy to generate page ranks from search engine spiders that tabulate searchable terms and assign rank based on algorithms that remain a closely guarded secret. The use of copywriters by SEO experts in web development is the difference between a tastefully decorated and attractive storefront versus one with a single door facing a back parking lot.

Web development requires the designer to take into account the many facets that make up a web site and the best ways to generate traffic. Traffic generation is the SEO expert’s area. While the use of an SEO expert may not jump a site from a 100 visitors a month to a 1,000,000, it can and does improve the opportunities for search engine visitors to find the site. That increases click-through and traffic.

Subcontracting the copy writing to professional or freelance writers is one of the tools of the SEO expert. The generation of copy can be at time-consuming task requiring dozens of pages of copy to be generated in very specific formula that neither plagiarizes nor appears to be anything less than professional. Since this is a tool and a style, it’s important for the web development team or lead to know what to look for in good web copy.

The following is a list of ideas that will help the SEO expert and web development team narrow their requests to the copywriters. When everyone is on the same page, the work will be better for it.

When it comes to form and style, web copy needs to be sharp and focused. Long paragraphs with few breaks are tedious on the eyes. Spacing, short sentences and bulleted lists can bring the points home in a crisp format that the average web reader can scan and absorb in a glance.

Bulleted Items Should Be:

o Short, to the point.

o Informative.

o Descriptive.

o Inviting.

Bold Headlines let people know when a new bullet is being talked about or that a new idea is being offered. Bold lettering or italics are strong visual clues to alert the reader about specific issues, points or names. The reader wants this information. They want it boxed up and delivered in a quick, easy to digest format. The copywriter needs to be able to present their articles in this format and still make the SEO expert’s list of terms appear in their copy.

While web copy can be used for marketing, SEO expert articles are not generated for marketing purposes. The articles help the site achieve a page rank. They inform visitors. They build consumer confidence. They might even entertain. They shouldn’t be layered with heavy-duty terminology discussing the articulation of the message to be disseminated by the visitor with a handy thesaurus or a Master’s Degree.

Web copy is not written for stupid people either.

It’s written for the person on the go. It’s written for the mom who needs to find a recipe or a quick diagram on how to change a tire. It’s written for the Dad looking for blue prints to build a tree house or a source for a special drill bit. It’s written for the student who needs to get the research paper done tonight. It’s written for the shopper who needs to compare products and has no idea what one is.

It’s written for everyday people. Those are the audience the SEO expert is targeting with their web copy and supporting materials. They are using the copywriter-generated articles to achieve a page rank that brings these everyday visitors into the site that matches their search terms.

SEO expert web development generates page ranks. SEO expert web development brings the visitors who want to be there a way to find it quickly and efficiently. In the end, everyone involved when the job is well done shares the reward.

Copyright 2006 Mark Nenadic