The relationship you have with your web developer is an important one. In a perfect world, your web developer will deliver a beautiful, functional website built to your exact expectations. However, many things can go wrong during the project and cause tension in the relationship. Generally, this stems from miscommunication and misunderstandings.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to maintain a good relationship with your web developer. As a result, you can enjoy a smooth process, realistic expectations and an end result that you’re pleased with. Below are some tips for building a smooth relationship with your web development team.
Be Clear about Your Expectations and Goals
When first meeting with your web developer, be clear about the things you expect to see in the finished product. A good developer will listen to you, ask questions and clarify your expectations. At the end of your briefing, you and your web developer should be on the same page. Some of the things to cover include your target audience, messaging and colors/design that match your brand.
Prepare for a Realistic Timeline
Websites take a long time to build, even the simplest ones. A good web developer will give you a realistic timeline that is broken down into different stages. This way, it’s easier to stay on track, make the necessary approvals and have flex time for unexpected mishaps. Be wary of web developers that overpromise and underdeliver.
Keep an Open Mind (but Still Know What You Want)
Web developers are experts in their craft, so they should have a lot of suggestions when it comes to typography, color theory, communication and more. Be open to listening to what your web developer says, as they’re good at balancing aesthetics with functionality. At the same time, it’s important to know what you want so that your web developer can make recommendations that will suit your style.
Maintain Good Communication
Good communication is critical in every relationship. Even though your web developer is the professional, they should still be coming to you for approvals, feedback, etc. If they’re not, reach out and remind them that you want to be included in the proces. You shouldn’t have to do this, but it’s a good reminder for developers who are more independent in their work.
Understand the Design Process
It’s helpful to understand the design process and how everything comes together. This will help you maintain realistic expectations throughout the project. It’s likely that your site will need some changes, so knowing what phase you’re in will help you plan accordingly, as well as appreciate the lifecycle of your website!
Magna Technology works closely with our clients to build beautiful, responsive websites at an affordable cost. Communication is a top priority for us – contact us today for your free estimate for a new website or refreshed web design.