Unlike when you build your site on somewhere like wordpress where you have to stick to a theme, with a developer you are completely free to communicate your brand in whatever unique way you can think of.
Developers will build your website with the future in mind. That means you’re covered if you suddenly get high traffic coming to your page. They’ll provide a solid base that you can add to and scale as your business expands.
Your developer will make sure that your site looks good on desktop and on mobile - something that is getting increasingly more important if you want to keep up with the rise of mobile.
Having your own website means you’re in control - you can change elements yourself so it evolves as you do. You are able to see how many people are looking at your site, and what they’re clicking on.
Your developer will set up features that you might have never heard of before! This could include tools like Google Analytics so you can track who is looking at your website, where they came from and how they’re interacting with it.
With a developer also comes years of experience building websites, and know-how to make them look brilliant. Getting a professional will be reflected in the clean, well-made look of your site.
If you don’t already have a domain name, check who needs to buy it and who the domain name account will be under. If you already own a domain name, let your developer know!
Make sure you’re exactly clear what you’re paying for, and even clearer on anything that costs extra.
It’s important to realise that though it’s great to have a time estimate, it may take longer than expected if problems arise.
Your web developer will definitely be aware of making websites mobile responsive, but it’s fine to ask about how your website might look on mobile.
Your web developer will be fully versed in the basics of SEO - if you’re paying for expert web development, a clear SEO strategy that works for your business should also be included.
Get a list of requirements that you can sort out. This could include providing photographs, written content, details about your business, or access to an existing domain.
Will you have the power to directly edit and upload new content through a CRM or will you have to go through your developer every time you need to make a change - be aware this may incurr additional costs.