Hiring someone to build and design a website is not an easy task. A website is very important to a business and can feel very personal to the person who is hiring the developer and working on the site. Finding the right person to work with is essential to coming out of the process with your perfect site.

Here are some questions to ask a web developer before hiring them.

Can I see your portfolio?

Looking at other work a developer has done will give you an automatic feel for if you like the layout, design, and functionality that went into other projects. If the sites grab your attention, that’s great. If not, that’s probably not the web developer for you.

What will the process be?

There is no right answer to this question, but it’s important to know how a developer works. If you want someone to deliver a final product and you don’t want to be involved in the process, that’s much different from a developer that shows you every step they take. Make sure you will work well together.

What will the developer’s involvement be in the future?

Is the developer willing to work with you to make updates and changes as time goes by? It’s important to have a relationship with a website developer, someone you can go back to when changes come up (as they 100% will). Make sure that your developer is willing to do small changes, and ask what pricing is for that type of work.

Is there any training involved?

In other words, are you going to be able to make updates yourself if you have a blog on your site, or you want to learn how to make minor changes or check your stats, or other web-related tasks? If not, will they train you in how to maintain your site? It’s no fun to feel totally helpless, so make sure you work with someone who doesn’t mind teaching you a few things.

These are just a few important questions to ask before hiring a web developer. Are there any you want to add?