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5 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Web App Development Company

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Web application development companies aren’t all the same. Choosing the right company to handle your web development ensures you get the best fit possible for you and your business needs. Once you’ve made the decision to develop a custom web application, there are a lot of options available, and it can be difficult to know which company to choose.

To help you decide, here are a few things you should consider before hiring a web application development company. 

Level of Communication

Not only do you have to know what you’re looking for with your website application, but you also have to be able to communicate your business needs and the desired functionality upfront and through every step of the development process.

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Travis Sutphin, Director of Devlopment, working with a client

If you don’t have a clear idea as to what you need and want to be built, no web application development company will be able to deliver the right end result. A web development team will help you plan and scope your project so both parties are on the same page about what to build, the process for the build, and the cost involved.

No matter who you choose to work with, you should be prepared to offer extensive feedback and be an active participant in the planning, development, and launch of your product. Additionally, a good web dev team will make you feel like part of the team because, as a major stakeholder, you are.

As the development process unfolds, you need a front-row seat to see how the process is working and if you need to make any adjustments. You should expect regular updates and reviews of the project from your development team. When you have the expectation of open communication, and you’ve found a team that also recognizes this need, you’ll be much happier with the end result.

You Get What You Pay For

It’s not in your best interest to choose the cheapest bid when it comes to development. There’s a wide scope of pricing when it comes to development work, and the cheapest quote is often the cheapest for a reason. Low cost usually means low-quality.

The key elements that go into web development involve extensive coding and hours of design work. Cheap development work may be cheaper upfront, but it will end up costing you more to fix later.

Don’t allow yourself to be shocked by the price tag of a project with a web application development company. Expect to pay a little more for higher quality work and communication. When it comes to web app development, you should never sacrifice quality for a lower price point. 

Retain Ownership of Your Files

When it comes to web development, you’re paying for a service for your company. That means that everything that goes into your customized web application should absolutely belong to your company. Make sure you establish this with any potential web application development company so they know you have all intentions of keeping the source files for your projects.

If you don’t have these files, you won’t be able to have anyone else work on the site in the future if you choose to move on from the company that initially developed your application. The ownership of these files should not be in question, as your application belongs to your company and you control who will do future work on the site. 

Good Things Take Time

The development process takes time, and if you want it done correctly, it shouldn’t be rushed. A good web application development company will give you a realistic timeline with benchmarks along the way for review. Time estimates of when each element of your project will be complete serve as milestones that help you know what work is taking place when, and in what order.

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A priority timeline created in an Application Blueprint session

Again, you should always expect frequent communication, project reviews, and keep in mind how important patience is throughout the process. After all, good things take time and you want it done right the first time! So, enjoy the experience and give the development team the space they need to create a great product for you, without feeling rushed. 

You Should See the Proof

References and testimonials speak strongly to the quality of work and client experience of any web application development company. Just as you should be willing to spend a little more for high-quality work, you should also have the expectation that a quality web application development company will come highly recommended. Testimonials and reviews from past clients are crucial to review. A few things you should note include:

  • How has this company been reviewed?
  • Were the team members great communicators and easy to work with?
  • Did clients feel “in the loop” during the development of their project?
  • Did clients feel that this company was a true partner with them?

These are important questions to ask when deciding which company is right for you and your project, as a quality business relationship makes a world of difference. You want to know that you can trust your chosen web app team to work with integrity and have your best interest at heart.

Just as important as testimonials is the company’s portfolio. To determine the quality of work they can offer, you should ask to see some of their work in a portfolio or demo. 

It’s Your Project and Your Decision

Ultimately, the decision is yours to make. Before you sign on the dotted line for your development project, get the information you need, ask pertinent questions, and meet the team you’ll be working with during the project. At Design Extensions, we believe that web application development is a customized field and every project should be tailored to your needs. It’s a creative process that’s not just an exciting venture for you, but us, too! We’ll work with you every step of the way. To learn more, book a 15-minute discovery call with our team today.

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