DOTLOGICS BLOG

April 07, 2017

What To Look For In a Custom Development Partner

Written byJacqueline Routh
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Hiring a professional web design company for your custom website project offers several advantages. It frees up your time to focus on other aspects of your business while providing you with peace of mind knowing that your website was built by a professional web design firm rather than downloaded from a library of templates. Still, hiring a web development company is an investment, and you should be confident in your choice of web development services before entering any sort of contract. So what should you look for in a custom web design firm? These three factors are absolute must-haves before starting any kind of web project.

A Proven Track Record

Many web development teams will claim expertise on custom projects when bidding. After all, they want your business. But when selecting a team for your project, it’s important to look at the team’s history of completing projects. Top web design companies proudly display their past work. How many projects are in their portfolio? What kinds of projects have they worked on? You want to look for a team that has broad experience working on many kinds of projects. This signals that the team has a track record of solving complex problems and will be able to approach your project with the critical thinking and proven methodology necessary to make your project great.

An Honest and Well-Reasoned Quote

Any quality web design company will have enough experience to give an accurate quote for a custom web project. Firms that quote low fixed prices without itemized breakdowns make a living by attracting clients who want a cheap product; invariably, those same clients walk away with a defective or nonfunctional product that they will have to pay even more to fix or replace.

A Transparent Means of Communication

Once a price is agreed upon and a contract is initiated, staying in the loop of your project’s progress is important both for budgeting and planning. Too often, web development firms will make themselves available leading up to a contract agreement and then fall out of touch until it is time to deliver the product. A quality web development agency will establish clear lines of contact upfront, with regular calls or reports so that everyone is on the same page.
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