Web Developer Jobs – Advantages of Being a Web Developer

If you find building websites and designing web applications an interesting thing to do, you can start to consider web development as your major career breakthrough.

Building websites to your clients are much easier than you imagined because there are lots of free open-source scripts that available on the internet that are widely used to develop web application for any websites.

For instance, it is possible to add-in embedding videos feature in your website if you know how to use ready-made scripts. In other words, these scripts are made by a web developer who has the right skills for creating an outstanding website.

Since these resources are free on the internet, operating a web development business is easy by creating websites for your clients on a part-time basis. Therefore, you are required to create the right script based on your client’s requirements and needs. But there is more to a good website than just a client’s needs. When the demand of making websites is high, you might have the chance to increase your Return of Investment (ROI).

Sometimes it is even more challenging to create a website layout which specifically caters to the right kind of viewers because they are the target market who will eventually be responsible for the success of any web site.

In order to have more flexible working hours, you can outsource your web development projects to other developers so that you will be able to increase the volume of projects that can increase your business revenue.

Choosing a Web Developer – Who Can I Trust?

Choosing a web developer or web company to build your internet business website can be a daunting task, especially if you’re just starting out, watching your investments and need as much good advice as you can get.

And with these companies naturally pitching their products and services to prospect customers like you, it is not always easy to sieve through the sales talk to get to the truth, to determine if this company is the right web development partner for your business.
 
I like to use the analogy of building a house to describe the web development process from deciding who the building team is, to the actual design and construction. Getting your business website right is as important as getting your home built right. You wouldn’t allow your builders to start building your house if you haven’t seen or approved the drawing plans and building materials, so why would you work with a web developer who do not supply you with such information or who fail to adopt an acceptable scope of work documentation and approval process.
 
It is common for people starting out in the internet marketing business to allow ourselves to be guided by web developers who “know better”. But do bear in mind that no one knows your product or your customers better than you, and if a web developer is not in the least interested in your product or failed to ask about the audience you aim to communicate with, or what actions you would like site visitors to perform when they land on your web page, this is not a developer you want to pay to do the job of creating your internet business website, the most important communication link between you and your customers.
 
Before you go down the path to develop a website for your internet business, know what product or service you intend to promote through this website, and have a good understanding of who your customers and prospects are. This will determine the breadth and depth of your website and from there, an estimated cost of design and development.
 
Then, follow this checklist when selecting a website developer or company for your internet business website:

  • Budget test – Set a budget and test it with the web developers that you are talking to, this will automatically purge out developers who would not be keen to work on your business right from the start.
  • Interview for chemistry – Remember this is going to be the team building and designing your “house”. If you don’t feel some connection at the outset, this may not help communications during the course of the project, this is very important to establish from the start.
  • Talk about you – Tell them about your business and listen to what they have to say or the questions they are asking. Asking questions is a good sign that they are interested in your business.
  • Talk about them – Review past client work and request to see paperwork documenting past projects, ask about the financial health of the company.
  • Talk about “you-and-them” – This is the hard but important stuff, talk about fees, schedule of payments, also explore the potential for an on-going working relationship post website launch

If your business do not require a complex website, you may consider purchasing and utilizing DIY “out-of-a-box” website development package. In which case, you wouldn’t be going through the entire checklist as above. However, at the very least, find out if such packages offer online tutorials on how to get you started and ideally, offer post-purchase online and/or phone support. Simply because, even if your website is three pages deep, you want to know you can call for assistance whenever it is required. 

5 Tools Every Web Developer Should Have

Web development is a very satisfying job but can be very tedious with all of the coding and testing you have to do. Different tools can make this job much easier no matter what you are coding, whether it is a basic web site using just HTML or if it is a database driven web application. I have compiled my 5 favorite tools to use when I am doing web development, of course you will have your own set of tools.

WS Ftp is a great FTP program which has certain versions that can be obtained for free and used as long as you would like. You can set up different profiles and access different web servers file systems so you can upload, download, create and delete files on a remote web server.

Apache Web Server is a free web server that can be installed on a Windows or Linux machine and can be used to test web applications and web pages you have created without having to purchase web space.

MySQL Administrator can be installed on any computer and then used to connect to a remote server and access the MySQL database. This program gives you great functionality in creating a new database and tables and is a lot easier to use the MySQL command line and just as powerful.

TextPad is a very powerful text editor that can be used to write just regular text documents or can be used to write code for web pages and any other program. Best of all this program is free to download from their web site. TestPad color codes the text you type assuming that it understands what you are writing. Color coding text really helps developers get there ” correct when you are working a large coding projects.

MSPaint is a program that comes free with Windows but I find in to be a very valuable program when I need to make quick changes to graphics or even some where complicated changes to graphics. MSPaint can be a very handy tool, which you can even use to design your entire web page. As a starting web developer I designed many pages using just TextPad and MSPaint until I was able to purchase more expensive programs.

I tried to keep the tools in the article to free tools for starting web developers to use and not have to purchase $300+ programs to design a web page for someone. The five tools listed above are my personal favorites to use as a web developer. As always keep your eyes open for new tools that provide you more functionality and a low cost or no cost as all.