How to Talk to a Web Developer – Networking Note Cards

In this article I will give you 10 different talking points you can use when in conversation for talking to someone who is either a web developer or a web designer. If you have ever tried talking to one of these people while possessing only a very basic knowledge of web development then you probably wanted to plug your ears and run away. No need to worry because after reading this article you will be able to hang in the conversation with the best web developers and designers around.

ASK:

1) “Which File Transfer Protocol (FTP) program do you use to upload your files?” Of course I suggest you do some very basic research as to what is FTP. Describing FTP is beyond the scope of this article just know that it is basically a program that transfers files from one computer to the next over the Internet. If you spring this on the person you’re talking to you instantly will create a rapore.

2) “What sites are you most proud of in your portfolio?” Most developers or designers have a site they are most proud of. Find out what it is and find out what was unique about that site. Also, you can ask such things like : how long it took them to do, who was the client, and what they enjoyed most about working with that client.

3) “Name some of the more difficult challenges you over come when designing and developing.” Every designer and developer can answer this with ease and it will get them talking for awhile about the aspects that they dislike the most. Be sympathetic to them and find out how they make the task they dislike more enjoyable.

4) “What approach do you take when developing?” Everyone has their own approach to designing and developing. They might ask, “What do you mean?” Simply, say what is your step by step process to designing or developing. Once they explain, pick a step they cite and dive more deeply into that step to keep the conversation going.

5) “What do you think is the best approach for Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?” This is a great question to ask them as there is still much controversy over the internet about what is the best way to implement SEO on your website. Get their opinion on it. This will lead into a whole conversation in itself. Make sure you do some basic research into what is SEO in Wikipedia for further conversation fodder.

SAY:

1) “A great team for any website consists of: developer, designer, graphic artist, and an administrator.” Saying this at somepoint in the conversation will show them you know what it takes to make up a strong web base presence. You can find out what roles they play in the team and how they get along with the other players on the team.

2) “Tables and layers are great for website layouts.” Tables and layers are the basic ways to layout a web page. Find their preference and ask them what they like to use and why. Take a second and look up the visual differences of both so you can see what you’re talking about before you get into a conversation with a developer or designer.

3) “I prefer to outline everything before I begin developing or designing a website.” Of course if you don’t design or develop websites then this question might not apply to you but you could adapt it to you by simply stating “If I designed or developed a website I would outline…” This still shows that you are expressing an interest in your conversational counterpart’s interests.

4) “There are some excellent database servers online.” For example mySQL is a database server. Check it out on Wikipedia to get a better idea of what a database server is. Once you have a decent idea of what it is and the different types out there you will know enough to get the conversation rolling and then pass it off to them.

5) “Almost any question you have for developing a website can be found by typing it into search engines.” This is one of my personal favorites because I actually do this for EVERYTHING, especially for designing websites. Bring this up and ask them if they have any questions about anything then refer them to do what you just said. Once again this will show that you are taking time away from your agenda whatever that may be to focus on their interests and concerns.

Talking to someone who is a “techy” or a very technical person can sometimes be daunting if you are not familiar with what they are talking about. Though, with these above talking points you will be able to have enough conversational ammunition to get the conversation rolling long enough to where you can pass off most of the talking to them. That is what you want ultimately in the conversation anyway, for them to do most of the talking.

Moreover, if you don’t know much about developing or designing, using the above talking points on a web guru will undoubtedly lead to an increase in your computer web knowledge.

Good luck in your future conversations with those designers and developers!

Why Web Development Is a Must for the Small Business

In today’s world, trade and services are facing huge challenges as several organizations are entering into the competition. The market of business has become quite competitive nowadays. Today, whether the business is big or small, the marketing always matters. In this world of advanced technology, the owners choose online marketing rather traditional marketing because it is convenient, less expensive, less time taking and draws more traffic to the business.

For a quick endorsement, most of the small business owners prefer a website of their own. A well decorated and attractive website is required to catch the eye of the viewers. Exclusiveness and proper presentation are the tools to stay forward of the opponents. Today, thousands of web development companies have established who ensure the proper design and development facilities to the owner. But before approaching any one of these companies, they should keep in mind that the web development services are quite beneficial for a small scale trade.

More Approachable
Several websites are flourishing in the internet almost every day. It is pretty difficult to find a specific website online. Small business owners always want to obtain more popularity to their website because it reaches more clients globally. Elegant decoration and optimized design helps to get more viewers to a site and ensure that they will stop at it at least for a few seconds. Nonetheless to say, an exclusive website always gets more viewers than a simple one.

Branding
All the big companies today had once started as a small scale organization. If anyone surveys the reason for which it has become so popular worldwide today is, its services and a comprehensive and well decorated website. Making a small business to a brand name mostly depends on the outlook of the site and on how much accessible it is to the viewers.

Increase in Ranking
Only a new entrepreneur knows how difficult it is to gain customers in the first few years. With the booming of digital marketing, obtaining more traffic to a website is needed for the betterment of its popularity. More clients mean more branding. But to get a good number of customers to the site, requires a good design and development. That is why, nowadays, many small businessmen prefer to approach to a web development company to create a unique website for increasing its ranking in the search engines.

Cost Efficiency
A well and good website is the core of the trade. To uphold a small business to a quality range, a perfect site is the major requirement. It helps to deteriorate the cost of the company which is quite advantageous for its growth.

What Does a Web Developer Actually Do?

Web development is the act of establishing and maintaining a website based on the clients’ preferences and it requires a web developer who has related academic qualification and experiences. Basically, people who are interested in making websites can consider earning a degree related to this field of study via online education.

Generally, this is usually mixed with the utility of a webmaster that simply uses open source or ready-made scripts and patches a personal website. But these scripts are made by experienced web designer or developer who has the skills for creating attractive and interactive websites. From the building of a site layout to the creation of home page programming, a web developer designs the right script based on the client’s requirements.

Sometimes it is even more challenging to design a website layout which accommodates the right kind of viewers because they are the target market who will eventually be responsible for the success of any web site. It is also a web developer’s job to ensure that the website promotes the product or services efficiently, and create a dynamic appeal for the company. Interoperability of websites is very important because that ensures that every kind of end user, with any type of browser will be able to use the website for their purpose.

A good web developer should check for the website script’s compatibility and functionality with all major browsers. It is very important that a web developer to make sure that the websites is easy to surf and it is not preventing viewers to find specific information. The information should be well-placed in which make it easy to access and attractive in which it is able to retain viewers so that viewers can take their time to read the contents.