Do you live in Los Angeles and are looking for a new website for your blog or business and want to know how to choose the right web developer in Los Angeles?

My answer to this question is simple, it all depends on your wants and needs.

In this article, we will show you how to organize these wants and needs in order to Find The Best Web Developer in Los Angeles!

Define Your Website’s Needs

Does your website need e-commerce functionality? Does it need to be responsive? How many Services does it need to display? Do we need to rank for keywords?

These are a few questions that you need to ask yourself before seeking out a web developer. The goal of asking yourself these questions is to figure out what is important to you and your business. This is because all businesses have different wants and needs depending on their industry, product and business goals which means that all sites are developed the same and need to meet different requirements.

Because of the variety of wants and needs by businesses, all web developers need to understand your companies wants and needs so that they can quote you a fair price and deliver a website that will work for your business.

What To Consider

  • How many pages do I need?
  • Do I need E-Commerce Functionality?
  • Am I trying to rank for keywords?
  • Will I need a blog?
  • Does the site need to generate leads?
  • Will I need to display a menu on the site?
  • How large of a gallery do I need?

What To Avoid

  • Avoid using vague ideas ( Ex. “I want people to call me” )

Define Your Design Needs

Once you have decided on your wants and needs you will need to come up with a list of design needs. This list of design needs is a necessity when it comes to getting the site that your company is looking for.

To do this, you will need to sit down and do some research to find sites that you like and explain to the web developer why you like each of these sites. To make it easier on the developer, we suggest that you make a list of what you like and dislike about these sites. This will give the developer a better idea of how much time and skill will be needed in order to deliver the website to your liking.

What To Consider

  • What colors do you want on your website?
  • Do I want the site to be a single page or multiple pages?
  • Should the site look modern?
  • Do I want lots of images on the site?

What To Avoid

  • Avoid being vague about what you like and dislike, without letting the web developer know exactly what you like and dislike about websites that you use as examples, they will give you what they think is best not what you want.
  • Avoid being unprepared, when going into a meeting with a web developer write out all of your wants a needs, it will make the process smoother for both sides.

Define Your Business Goals

Have you ever stopped to think about why you want a website? If you haven’t, take a long while to really consider what your business goals are.

For most businesses that we work with, they have the goal of getting more calls. This is a very common goal for business no matter which industry they are in. In order to meet this goal we would design the site to drive calls. We can do this by adding a call to action in the header and adding the phone number all over the site.

For other companies, they might just be looking for people to join their email list. And this would entail the site to be centered around an email optin form that is above the fold.

So take as much time as you need to really think through want you want out of your new website. This will make the design phase and revision phase significantly faster!

What To Consider

  • Think which KPI(Key Performance Indicator) you are looking to improve.

What To Avoid

  • Avoid selecting multiple KPI’s, you site will be more effective by selecting one.
  • Avoid designers who cannot make a site beautiful and functional

Define Your Budget

We all knew that this section was coming sooner or later, that is why we need to address it. At the end of the day it all comes down to your budget.

Before spending thousands of dollars on a new website, make sure that your company has the budget to afford the expense. Yes, we all understand that a website is an investment to your business but it still does cost a good chunk of money so budget your website accordingly.

If your company does not currently have the budget for everything that you want, something is still better than nothing! We suggest that you set up a site for the time being. Once you have the budget to get the site of your dreams, then go for it!

What To Consider

  • Think about your existing budget situation.
  • Write out features, functionality, and design choices that you’d prioritize.
  • Consider making a temporary site that does not have all of your needs.

What To Avoid

  • Avoid thinking about this website instantly bringing in results and money. Most websites will not bring in money and results for at least 3-12 months!
  • Avoid going over budget on your website.

Find Developers, Agencies & Freelancers

Like finding any other service, start by Googling to find developers, agencies or freelancers in your area. We highly suggest choosing someone local and hands on. This is because a local person that you can meet in person will put more care and time into the site than someone who is across the globe.

If you cannot find anyone locally that can deliver what you are looking for, try using a freelancer website like Fivver or Upwork. These sites will have tons of freelancers looking to develop websites for businesses,

When looking on these freelancer sites, make sure to look at their past projects and reviews to see if they have the knowledge to deliver the site that you are looking for!

What To Consider

  • Local web designers, agencies or freelancers in your area
  • Freelancer site

What To Avoid

  • Avoid expecting a lot if you are not willing to put in the effort of researching exactly what you want and responding to questions from the designer.
  • Avoid churn and burn agencies, these are the agencies that have mass amounts of clients. These type of agencies will not have the time to personally work with you to create exactly what you want.

Where To Look

Ask for Proposals

Before choosing a company, freelancer or agency to work with, make sure that you get a proposal from each of them. When doing so, give them as much information as possible to get an exact quote.

Once you have received all of the proposals, see which has the best value to price ratio.

If you really want to work with one of the companies more than the rest, try to negotiate. You can do this by giving them the proposals from the other companies as leverage.

If they are not willing to budge on the price, make a decision on what will be best for you business as a whole. If you can afford the more expensive designer and you believe it will be the right decision, make the move and get started with them!

What To Consider

  • The Price to Value Ratio on each of the proposals.
  • Your Budget

What To Avoid

  • Avoid sending lots of emails with no intention of hiring.
  • Avoid sending emails with too little information.

Request Project Plan

Now that you have narrowed down your designers, you need to figure out the logistics. Every company, designer and freelancer will have a different timeline, make sure to find out if their timeline works with yours as well.

If you need a site up in a week, then you most likely will be ruling out most people. So keep their timelines in mind as well and select the designer who can work on your timeline and deliver the best results possible.

What To Consider

  • Consider adding a timeline to your proposal

What To Avoid

  • Avoid giving the designers too little time, web development does not happen quickly, it takes lots of time and hard work to deliver results.

Now that you have learned how to find the best web developer in Los Angeles, you can get started on the website of your dreams!

If you want to learn more about web development & web design, check out the other articles on our blog.