Building a website or revamping your current site can provide your business with a variety of benefits. If you are in the market for a newly developed site, you most likely have several questions when it comes to this process. Don’t worry, you are not the only one who may need a little more insight about web development. These are some of the most common questions regarding web development:
1. Are your websites easy to use and manage?
Being able to update content as well as add new content frequently and easily is imperative to website success. Not only because people will grow tired of static content, but search engines like Google recognize fresh content and know when sites are outdated. It gives a higher search result ranking to sites that maintain an active influx of new content, especially if that content is shared with social media or blogs.
With all that said, when push comes to shove, it should be easy to change an image, fix a typo, or add a product to your site…you paid for it. This is one of the reasons why we use a Content Management System (CMS). Using our CMS makes our clients extremely independent while keeping their website upkeep costs low; they don’t have to contact us to make a change when needed.
2. Do you offer training?
If your site is packaged with customer relationship management (CRM) or CMS, it’s important to gain an understanding of each of your website’s features. This includes a blogging platform, updating content on your website, along with other tools your site offers. It’s important you receive proper training because these beneficial tools are useless if you don’t have any knowledge on them. Keep in mind, additional training may also be required if you plan to give another employee access to your website.
Here at BrawnMedia, we do face-to-face, extensive training when we hand a website off to its owner. Plus, we’re always available to answer questions – there’s no test after training and we fully expect that you won’t remember every step discussed.
3. What browsers are your websites optimized for?
While most modern browsers render websites using up to date standards, some older versions like Internet Explorer 7 & 8 require some backwards compatible code in order to display new websites correctly. It is important that web designers test site functionality in at least Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Google Chrome.
It is important to note that there are some things that older browsers simply cannot do. It has to do with the release date. A browser can be upgraded to handle modern code, but there is a point at which it is more efficient to make a new browser altogether. Old browsers are abandoned and support is suspended. There will always be new code.
At BrawnMedia, we plan for and design around the known issues with the major browsers and make every effort to have our websites play nice.
4. What type of contribution(s) will I need to make as a client?
More often than not, you’ll need to provide some or all of the following things:
- Text Copy
- Contact Info
- Customer insight
- Legal information
As you come closer to making your decision to hire a web developer, hopefully these questions have helped you make you finalize your needs for your website. If you still have questions, feel free to give us a call at 518-472-0060.