Getting a website developed is a long journey, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. And we all know well, how web development requires intricate planning, and hiring developers and designers to implement that plan. Our blog today will focus on all you need to know to hire web developers for your project.
There are multiple ways to approach web development, some of them are DIY too. You need to figure out which way suits you if you are looking for proper customization, drag and drop builders like Wix won’t work. Here you could do a whole lot of customization in WordPress and Joomla, and then there’s a fully custom CMS.
You might have already decided on factors such as project cost, and it’s whereabouts, that’s the only way for moving forward before beginning the hiring for your project. Here, you need to figure out these things before reaching a point where you need to implement your plan. Our guide will put things in perspective you for, please note that the points can be implemented in any order, but it would be great if implemented chronologically.
So, let us begin with our complete guide to hiring web developers.
1. Define your project
Before going on hiring developers, you need to pen down and plan, to avoid improvising on your project. Having the perfect plan is the first step to achieving a great website. You will need this as a basis for planning how things need to be done, of course, you will need to make a list of what needs to be done when.
Even if you plan to use a drag and drop website builder like Wix down the road and develop your website the DIY way, you will still need a plan. Knowing what to do and how longs things will take will give you a head start over competitors. No matter the scale of your project, this step will always help you propel further if done correctly.
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You will also get a tentative idea if you will need designers down the road, or would developers be enough. It will also give you an idea about the workforce you will need, the effort it will require, and a tentative budget for the entire project. It will also weigh in the need for support and maintenance, which is essential for some niches. The developers hired should then be thought of as to be retained for support and maintenance, ahead of project completion.
2. Choosing how to do it
As we told you above, the popular ways to do it are through CMS, drag and drop website builders, and custom website development. Know that they can be used in conjunction, you can just take the theme from WordPress and add functionalities through plugins or by developing your own plugins. Everything’s possible, keeping it on a budget too, but you will only get either two, quality, low price, and development time.
If you are seriously on a budget or simply want a website for your portfolio, you should seriously consider Wix or WordPress.com. WordPress vs. Wix could be a perfect debate for such cases, however, like always there is no clear winner to this debate, but WordPress.org does offer much more customization options. However, you should consider Custom web development, whenever medium to large projects are concerned.
Custom web development will require an array of web developers, depending on the size of your web project. You will either need a combination of Front & Back end developers or must hire full-stack developers for making this work. Like we said above, there are multiple ways in which things could be done, choosing this wisely will be the first step to success.
3. Front & Back end vs. Full-Stack developers
We have discussed the Difference Between Front-end, Back-end, and Full-stack Development thoroughly on our website already. You need to understand the choices you need to make for your project specifically. You can either go the Full-stack way or have a combination of Front and Back end development. Other ways are to customize front end on top of a pre-made CMS, or use drag and drop builders to make a front end and create custom functionalities in a pre-built CMS.
Both PHP and Python custom web development are widely popular these days, it’s no wonder why PHP and Python rule the world of web development. It’s quite simple actually, especially when considering these too, you want scalability, you choose PHP, you want faster development, you choose Python. But don’t get too flattered by these two, there are so many more technologies, and so many frameworks within them to choose from.
RoR web development has gained recent popularity too by how fast it gets a website up and running, as we said, you need to weigh in top requirements to make a choice. This step is important because knowing exactly how you are going to do your project is surely required to go out and hire web developers. Choose the way you want to proceed and then going on hiring developers is the way to work it out.
4. Planning a budget
Planning a budget won’t cost a fortune but can certainly save one from going to waste. Drag and drop website builders will get you up and running in the least possible time, but good luck with scalability if you plan to use them. If you are looking for a solution to a complicated problem, you will need to either think of using WordPress or custom web development.
Before even beginning to think of hiring web developers, you need to budget your project. Breaking the project in parts and budgeting each part specifically will help you with an even better project lifeline. Think of it as recklessly hiring people you don’t need vs. hiring specifically those who will get the job done. You might have already thought about the technology you are going to use, dig in deep and choose the framework too.
Web developers these days aren’t into learning core basics anymore, they learn particular frameworks. Frameworks will get things done faster, without putting pressure on the web developer. After planning your budget, you will also get an idea if you can afford in-house developers or have to make do with remote ones.
5. Where to find the developers?
People might tell you a million places and none of them would make sense to your particular project or niche. To actually find developers, you need to look for places where they visit, not places where you go looking for them. For starters, you need to ensure visiting top forums, people who have a real passion for coding always try giving back to the community, and reach out to them if they hit a wall.
Another fabulous option is using freelancer websites to hire web developers. You need to learn to manage remote workers if you need the job done, they will cost less and do more. The other way to do it is hiring from freelancer websites for specific contracts, and later absorb them as permanent employees in your organization.
Hackathons are also a great option if you are looking for developers for large scale intricate projects. You can both hold and visit hackathons for networking with great developers. It will also help you get a change of perspective and for you to come up with better solutions and new ideas. On the flip side, you can hire web development companies for areas that may seem too complicated, and pay them for the part of the project they complete.
Any big internet project requires planning, as much as they require resources(developers). Plan first, and hire after, is the best way to do it. You will need to think about the budget before going on a hiring spree, each developer will cost you by the hour, if you don’t budget, you will burn out without accomplishing anything at all. A web development company may charge you the same price you would pay to freelance developers, but each has its own pros and cons.
As we mentioned above, the steps above are not necessarily to be followed chronologically. You always have the option of choosing how you proceed, for example, hiring a project manager would be certainly helpful with managing all these steps, that’s if, you will actually ever need one. On top of all that, a project manager you hire without proper research may overlook the technology which should be used, and go with the one they are expert in. Think before proceeding, and invest well in risk management and mitigation, that’s the best way to succeed.