Once you know exactly what you want, it is time to look for the place that offers it. In other words, to decide where you website would be hosted, what platform would be used for building it and who would manage it. This process is often sidetracked by going to a company, stating requirements and agreen on a price and time for project completion. It is natural to trust professionals for those questions. Nevertheless, there are basic points that you can still inquire about. The more you know in advance, the better efficiency you could achieve in your future steps online.
There are three main types of website development: 1.building from scrath; 2.using paid platforms that offer ready designs and elements, which could be modified accordingly; 3.using a "ready-made" website where you only add a few pictures and some text. Needless to say, coding is the most expensive option. It is usually related to building systems of increased complexity, security requirements and extreme loads of traffic. Most businesses lean toward the second option. While coding often takes place there, too, it is rather for the purpose of fine-tuning elements, rather than creating new ones. For example, if you need a chat function on your website, it is available for use in platforms like WordPress. It has default settings for position, appearance and so on, but if you want to have it appear only on specific conditions, and derive a certain set of analytical data out of it, the default customization options might not be enough. Enter the IT specialist.
As far as the "ready-made" option is concerned, you guessed it - it is very limited. It is also the fastest, though. For example, all you need to have a website is to register your enterprise in Google My Business, enter as much information as possible, and then select the Website option. Voilà - there is your new website. We wouldn`t reccomend that option, though, unless you are really pushed against the wall financially and urgently need your company`s profile to appear online. So, as already mentioned, you would probably decide to stick with option number 2. Ask questions, ask for a preview of pages. Ask whether you would be able to manage the website yourself after it is completed. Ask for feedback, don`t just state requirements and expect results. A developer would execute a task you set. It is worth-asking for feedback before work on the task commences. Are there alternative roots to displaying your idea online? What are the pros and cons of the current configuration your require. Would it affect page loading time too much? What about Google ranking? Make an ally of the developer, it tends to be an investment of simple communication that has fruitful returns.