If you aren't satisfied with the DIY site builders or you want complete customization, you will need to hire a web developer. To begin your search, it's important to know some terminology. Here are some definitions from the article "How to Choose a Web Designer" by Karyn Greenstreet.
- Website Designer - helps you to determine the page layout, graphics, text location and colors of your site, as well as the navigation and how pages will cross-link to one another. He may also do the actual computer programming and graphic art work for the site, or may hire out that work to a programming specialist. A Website Designer is the project manager for your site design.
- Website Programmer - takes the design from the Designer and creates the code to make the site run. She is also responsible for all the technical stuff that happens behind-the-scenes to make sure the site works properly for your visitors.
- Graphic Designer/Artist - creates or choose the graphics for the site, including page layout, colors, logo, photos, illustrations, etc. Think of this person as the "visual artist" who creates the brand image for your site.
- Internet Marketing Consultant - helps you to determine how your website fits into your overall marketing strategy, and how to get more traffic and sales from your website.
|Person developing a website. (photo credit: morguefile.com)|
For the sake of simplicity, I will use the term "web developer" to describe anyone you hire to build and design your site, but it is important to know the skill sets and types of deliverables each of these web technologists creates.
Entrepreneur.com stresses the importance of hiring the right web developer. A web developer "will create the online face of your company and enable you to interact virtually with your customers. So, it's especially important that you hire the right talent the first time out. Otherwise, you risk hurting your business, as well as wasting time and money seeking a replacement."
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