Website Development: Top 9 Frequently Asked Questions
Getting a website developed for every business whether it’s new, growing, or well-established, is a must these days. A fully functional and feature-rich website enables you to improve your reach and allows your customers to connect with your business quite instantly. In this era of digitalization, websites have become a parameter of success for every business. It also helps in building trust with your users and brings a lot of credibility to your business.
We know that being an entrepreneur, it is difficult to look out for each, and everything by yourself, as not everyone is tech-savvy. Having some apprehensions and doubts before getting a website for your business is quite normal. Being a website development company, we get a lot of questions from our clients, and we know that these are the same questions which you might have in your mind too.
So, we have compiled some of the most asked questions from our list to help clear all your doubts about web development. Let’s begin….
Question 1: Should I get a static website or a dynamic website for my business?
Choosing the type of website, depends entirely on your project requirements. But before making your decision, you must know the basic difference between a static website and a dynamic one.
A static website is the one that has a fixed number of pages and the content shown to every user is the same. The content is neither modified nor customized based on the user's behavior. Such websites are easy to develop and are written in plain HTML codes. Each page is created separately and if anything needs to be changed or modified, it has to be done independently.
Static websites are more popular unless your business needs to actively interact with users and display relatable content for continuous user engagement. Static websites give website developers and web designers the freedom to create unique designs. So, if you are looking for a cost-effective and low-maintenance website, static websites are just perfect for you.
Dynamic websites, on the other hand, are the ones that are complex and display unique content to its users. Users’ actions define the kind of content that will be displayed to them. Websites such as e-commerce platforms, Youtube, Blogpost, Pinterest, news websites, etc are all examples of dynamic websites. Dynamic websites are developed using a server-side scripting language such as PHP, ASP, JSP, etc.
Dynamic sites are usually interactive and help pull out the relevant information from a database in an organized way. However, such websites make use of a content management system, the theme and design of the page are fixed, and the designer cannot experiment much with them. Dynamics website cost more for development.
If you are ever confused about the type of website, you can always consult an IT consulting company, as they are the best who can help you in making the right choice. However, some businesses opt for a combination of both on their websites. They keep the pages that do not require active interaction, to be static such as home page, contact, policy, etc. But get the interactive dynamic pages developed for other services.
Question 2: How can I ensure that my website is optimized for the users?
Having an optimized website is essential to rank on top of search results and also, engage your users. A bad website will take away your chance to show your presence on digital platforms, and will also irritate users. A website that takes a lot of time to load or is not easy to navigate upsets the users, and results in an increased bounce rate.
Here are some of the important points which you web developers consider to ensure that your website is optimized for the users.
- The website load time should not be more than 8 seconds.
- Images and videos should load quickly and should be of good quality.
- Your content should be engaging and properly optimized.
- The website should have easy and quick navigation. The more connected your website is the more the engagement would be.
- There shouldn’t be any broken links and useless plugins.
Question 3: What information do I need to provide from my end for my website development?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions which we get from our clients. Every web development company has different policies and working methodologies, but most of them follow nearly the same process. But prior to answering this question, here is something which we want to discuss first. Before handing over your project to a website developer, you must know all your requirements well. Only when you are aware of what you need, you will be able to explain all your requirements.
Now, let's see some of the key points, which a development company may require to completely understand your vision, and turn it into reality.
- Your brand's logo.
- The content which you want to post.
- If you want to include graphics, then you will have to provide graphics too.
- If you want some specific descriptions and keywords to be included, you must provide them to the developers.
However, if you do not have any of these above things and are just starting with your business, you may ask your web development company for all these services. A web development company usually has its team of UI/UX developers and content writers who can help you in this.
Question 4: How long does it take to develop a website?
The time involved in developing a website depends entirely on the number of pages to be developed and the complexities involved in creating them. Usually, it takes approximately 8 weeks to 14 weeks and even longer in some cases. This depends on different factors such as:
- How many projects the team is working on before you hire website developers?
- What type of website do you want to be developed?
- What are your requirements?
- Do you have the content ready or it needs to be prepared too?
- How many modifications do you require post-development?
There can be more factors based on your requirement and availability of the developers and designers. Most web development companies would provide you with a plan, and timeline beforehand when you approach them with your requirements.
Question 5: Will I have to maintain the website post-development?
Yes, similar to a machine, your website also needs maintenance. Trends and technologies are evolving every day. Your website’s design and content may be impressive today but may go out of the trend tomorrow. The information present on your website would have been usable at a time but might become useless today. If you do not update and maintain your website, it may become obsolete.
With time, some links may become broken and that reduces the quality of your website. Also, you must keep the content up-to-date to appear in the top section of Google search. If people are not able to reach your website, your business will have a hard time flourishing. An outdated website may lack a smooth and immersive user-experience resulting in more averted traffic.
To rank in Google search, you must always update your website from SEO’s point of view by including the latest relevant keywords. Google’s guidelines are always updating, and if your website is not being updated according to them, chances are that your website will appear in some last pages of Google search.
In the current scenario, marketing your website has also become utterly important to achieve ultimate traffic and goals. Every business is going through a digital transformation to enchant and attract their users. When you hire website developers, you may ask them whether or not they provide online marketing under their services.
Question 6: How do I update my website?
The first step is to monitor your website and ensure that everything is working well, especially all the links. Consider what things need to be changed, the website’s content, images, videos, links, etc. You must also see if there is any useful information that is old and needs to be updated. If your website’s design and look are looking unimpressive, you may need to consider updating that.
You may sign-up for the maintenance with the development company. They will update and maintain your website from time-to-time. Also, website hosting, email hosting, domain registration renewal, etc. need attention regularly. Some websites are required to have updated SSL certificates which must be renewed annually.
Many companies provide maintenance as a part of their website development services. You can ask them to make the changes that you think are important. The company will take care of technical updates from their end in case you are not well aware of those aspects. Companies can also provide you with a Customer Relationship Management solution, commonly known as CRM solution. If your website presents any data to the users, it must also be updated on a regular basis.
Question 7: Do I get any sort of guarantee on the quality of work?
We, being a website development company, offer you complete assurance of the quality that we deliver. We create unique and tailored designs that are attuned to your business goals. We always present the draft before finalizing anything. Every round of feedback is taken positively and changes are accommodated to meet your expectation. Our client’s satisfaction is our priority.
Question 8: What if I change my mind and want to add or change the design or features of my website?
You can certainly change your mind and modify your requirements, at any point in the process. Your website should reflect your business and branding. Websites are expected to be evolved and modified with time.
For most web development companies,like us, client satisfaction is the priority. We strive to deliver the best of products and services with no error. We have a team of quality assurance experts, who takes care of everything. We are open to suggestions and your inputs. You may get your design changed as many times, till not satisfied. However, prior to finalizing anything related to your project, developers will present you a draft or a blueprint of your website, and only when you approve it, the development work will be started.
Question 9: Will my website be optimized for mobile browsers?
Yes, most development companies create responsive websites so that they can be easily used on smartphones. If we talk about us, the websites are very responsive and adapt well to mobile browsers. Our designs and fonts are flexible. We also enable accelerated mobile pages for a better look and feel on mobile devices. You can always test your site using Google’s Mobile-Friendly Tool. It tells you whether or not your website is optimized for mobile users. Also, it gives you specific issues related to the website's mobile-friendliness.
To Sum It Up!!
We completely understand that getting a website for your business is a tough task and you want everything to go perfect. An entrepreneur getting a website developed for the first time has a lot of questions in mind and we have tried to comprehend as many as possible. Even if you have any further queries or doubts related to website development, you can always reach us via any mode of communication. We would be more than happy to assist you.