Choosing the right web development company is a pivotal decision, especially when your online presence can make or break your brand’s success. Whether you’re launching a new business, revamping an existing one, or simply trying to gain more online traction, you need more than just a ‘pretty’ website. What you really need is a comprehensive package of services that a web development company must offer to ensure your website looks good and performs exceptionally well.
We get it—navigating the world of web development can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not a tech-savvy person. You might have a vision but lack the technical know-how to bring it to life. Or maybe you’re so busy running your business that you’d rather have a professional handle your online presence. That’s where we come in.
In this guide, we’ll break down the five essential services that any reputable web development company must offer. These are non-negotiables that will ensure your website captivates your audience and meets your business objectives effectively.
Keeping users on your site is all about catching their eye and keeping their attention. Good design and movement, especially when combined, are the best ways to do both of those things. Eyes are naturally drawn to movement, so there should be some sort of moving content on your site to attract users, whether it’s a video or something more subtle.
This is an easy feature to ask about when you’re in the process of hiring a web development company. But as well as asking about their web design services, and making sure they can include video and movement, we also recommend that you ask for examples of their past work. This will help you to see how effectively a web designer can integrate movement into their work, and also help you see what’s possible for your own site!
You know the feeling: you click a link on your phone or tablet for something you want to read, or buy, or learn more about. You wait a few seconds for it to load, only to see a poorly sized site that’s confusing, irritating, and impossible for you to navigate. Nothing will make sure that website visitors leave your site faster than a slow or unresponsive homepage — which in turn means you’ll lose out on sales, leads, and return visitors.
Responsiveness on any device has been an absolute necessity for any new website for years now — since the rise of smartphones, tablets, and other devices. In fact, more than half of website visits now take place on some sort of mobile device! This means that it’s critical to make sure any web designer you hire can guarantee you a responsive website (and one that looks good on any device, not just that it works!). And not just for phones either — your site’s web design should be compatible on smartphones and tablets as well as your desktop.
This is another area where it is helpful to see your developer’s past work and make sure responsiveness really is a feature that they build in to each of their websites.
Web security will not be the most fun or exciting feature of your new website, but it is significant to discuss with your web development company. Your web designers should be able to create a secure site, so you can feel confident that your website will not be subjected to hacking attempts or other unwanted infiltration.
During the hiring process for a web design company, make sure security for you and your users is included in the web development services offered, and ask them how they do it as well. You don’t necessarily need to know the right answer here. But if a developer can give you a quick explanation of how they create safe websites and how that security works, it’s a good sign that they’re the real deal.
Plus, like all technology, both hacking and security technology are constantly changing and updating. You need to know that you, your business, and your website visitors will be secure, so don’t skip this definite must-have.
Your web development team should make it easy for your users to find the information they are looking for. After all, that’s the whole point of having a website — right?
It can be really frustrating for users to have to search your site for a long time to find what they need. Especially now that we, as users of digital tech, are so used to finding what we need almost instantly. More often than not, a website visitor will just leave and try a new site if they can’t find what they’re looking for within a few seconds. Like an unresponsive website, a site that’s hard to navigate can have a real, negative effect on your bottom line if it’s difficult for users to buy products, sign up, or find what they need.
For some must-haves, like web security, the responsibility falls on the web developer — but not this one. The site navigation is ultimately your decision — you may not know much about the actual coding of the website, but you do know your business, content, and customers best. On your end, think about what parts of your website are the most important and should be most visible and most easily found.
If you’re not certain, ask your web developer and listen to what they have to say. Chances are, they’ll have some good insight on the amount of content you should have, how to make sure the site is user-friendly, and what layouts your users will feel most comfortable with.
Web development takes numerous instructions, drafts, content, and edits flowing back and forth. Your web designer will count on you to get them the content, review drafts, and make edits just as much as you count on them to build your site. Miscommunication could mean costly mistakes for your business, so it’s critical to make sure you’ll work well together.
The truth is, there are a lot of good web design companies out there. But not every company that can make a great website will work perfectly with you and your team. So in the hiring process, pay attention to how you and your potential website designers communicate. If your communication styles are incompatible, or if the developer doesn’t communicate well with your team, that’s not likely to change throughout the development process.
Plus, make sure you ask about their processes — what would the web developers need from you, and by what deadline? How do they normally send drafts over to clients, and how quickly will they expect edits from you?
In summary, the journey to a successful online presence is not a solo endeavor. It requires a collaborative effort between you and the web development company you choose. And that’s why it’s crucial to know what a web development company must offer before you make your selection. From comprehensive keyword research to a responsive design, these five must-haves are non-negotiables for a website that not only looks good but also performs well.
Remember, every web development company has its own unique approach to project completion. Clear communication and setting accurate expectations from the get-go can save you from unnecessary headaches down the line. It ensures that the end product aligns with your business goals and leaves you excited about your new website from start to finish.
So, as you embark on this digital journey, arm yourself with this knowledge and don’t settle for anything less than a web development company that can offer these essential services. Your business deserves nothing but the best.
For further clarification or to consult our team of professional web developers, feel free to contact us today. We’re here to help you build a website that not only meets but exceeds your expectations.