Questions to ask your developer – What is the biggest website you have developed?

It is important to hire the right developer to build your website. The right one is the right one for you and no single question you ask them is going to determine that for you. There are a few questions however that you can ask to help you make the decision.

What is the biggest web site you have developed?

Size does matter, no matter what anyone tells you. When building websites though, size can mean different things. It can mean the number of pages in your site or it can be the number of visitors per day/week/month that will be coming to your site. For planning purposes, the second one is the important one and the one that we are discussing here.

It is important that you know that the developer you are working with has developed websites around the same scale as yours. Websites of different scales have different problems to solve.

  • Small websites that are hosted in a virtual hosting environment have to worry about resource allocation
  • Mid-level websites have to worry about scalability – both up and down. This is important because seasonally, they may need additional resources to handle the traffic but other times, they need to scale back down to the minimum. Designing for this takes experience.
  • Large websites have issues with distributing their servers geographically so that all users can access it quickly. They have issues with big data also that requires special architecture to properly handle.

These aren’t the only their own problems but they are examples. Ensuring that the developer you hire has built websites around the same size (scale) tells you that they have faced the problems already and know how to solve them.

 

 

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“So who is the goat?”

I was having coffee with my friend Bill Seaver recently and extolling the virtues of “Avoiding a Goat Rodeo” when he asked me a question that stopped me in my tracks.

“So, in this scenario, who is the goat?”

Honestly, I didn’t have a good answer. I mean I knew the title was perfect for the book once I heard myself say it out-loud. I knew it worked because the definition of a goat rodeo is a perfect definition for a lot of web projects. That having been said, I really hadn’t spent the time to define the roles. I had to sit, sip my coffee and think for a moment.

The answer is of course, there doesn’t have to be a goat. The potential goats in your website project are all the people and processes that revolve around it. Yes, your webdesigner is a possible goat in your goat rodeo, so is your developer, the person in charge of hosting your website and your domain registrar as well as your SEO person and content strategist.

All of them are potential goats because they are all players in your website project. They are only goats though, if your project actually turns into a goat rodeo. That is what “Avoiding a Goat Rodeo” is all about. It teaches you how to think about your project, how to plan your project and how to communicate your project so that your project does not become a Goat Rodeo.

 

 

Want more helpful advice?

Are you looking for more helpful advice? Check out our book, Avoiding a Goat Rodeo. It was written to help non-programmers understand website development. It shows you how to get the website you want.

Buy amazon kindle
softcover adobe pdf

Does your web design company own you?

When it comes to your website, do you own it or does your web design company? Before you answer, make sure you check. In the “How to plan a website” series, we covered “Own it“. We talk about owning your domain name and the Intellectual Property that your website is built on, but there is more you need to look at.

Here is a list of 3 things you need to make sure you have 100% ownership of when it comes to your website.
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How to launch a successful website

A lot of business people I talk to do not understand what it takes to launch a successful website. In reality, it only takes one thing, planning. Planning is the secret sauce that makes for a successful web project. This isn’t a secret, but it is often overlooked when starting a project. So real quick, let me lay out for you what needs to happen for your launch to be successful.
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