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What To Look For When Hiring Dedicated Magento Developers

By admin February 26, 2014
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Magento offers everything one might want from a top of the line E-commerce application. It has many things such as:

1. Diverse features, functionality & flexibility

2. Variety of product display &categorization options

3.  Mobile templates and other widgets to enrich its functionality via display of dynamic product data and dynamic product lists based on recently viewed items

If you want to hire a dedicated Magento developer at an offshore web development company, you have many options to choose from: full-time, part-time, and even on an hourly basis. Before you hire a dedicated resource, you need to perform some due diligence by asking questions such as:

1.  What is your previous work experience and track record: by asking for a company’s track record, you’ll find about their technical skills, professional competence and capability to execute Magento projects on track. You should try to gain insights about the company’s understanding of your business vertical. It helps if the web development company has previously worked with clients who are in the same area of business as you are. This will make it easy to explain yourself and your requirements to the offshore web development company. If you are a clothing online retailer and the web development company has never before worked with a clothing retailer, they will take longer to understand how the clothing retail industry works.

2. What is your portfolio and do you have any testimonials: by taking a look at the web development company’s portfolio of completed Magento websites, you’ll get a fair idea about the sort of Magento development projects they’ve delivered. You can decide if they appear good enough to handle your project or not. Having ready client testimonials is a good sign that the web development company has satisfied clients who are willing to say nice things about the company. This again gives you an idea about the company’s ability to execute and deliver projects to the client’s satisfaction.

3. What about SEO and mobile-friendly websites: by asking about SEO and mobile websites, you’ll be able to gauge the web development company’s depth of knowledge about SEO and trends in web technology in general. Mobile is the future and everyone knows that. More and more customers are visiting E-commerce websites from their mobile devices/tablets and making purchases from these handheld devices. Web development companies in tune with the times should be able to offer meaningful guidance about how to approach the growth of mobile & tablet devices. They should have a pretty good idea about dedicated mobile websites versus responsive web design that caters to different screen sizes. SEO is a core part of any web development exercise and good web development companies will give a thorough response about how they plan to promote your website via Search Engine Optimization. SEO is something that is embedded into the design and development phase of the website and not an afterthought. It’s a continuous process and not a one-time thing so you need to ensure that this is all taken into consideration.

4. What about price and changes to project scope: you should have a very clear idea about the pricing policies of the Magento development company and how they’ll charge for any additional work after the initial project scope is finalized. After all, you cannot set everything in stone and stay frozen in one place forever. If you feel during the execution phase of the project that something needs to be revisited, you should have this flexibility. As your offshore web development partner, they need to have clear cut policies about how to take handle changes like these.

5. What about post-project support and ownership of website content: professional web development companies will offer reliable post-project support to take care of any teething troubles that may appear after the project is completed. Only fly by night operators will wash their hands off a project once they’ve finished it. You need to make sure that you own the entire content on the website. You should make it clear via explicit clauses in the contract that all the Social Media accounts and software belong to you, the client and not the web development company.

Once you’ve completed you due diligence, you should be able to zero in on a reputed web development company that can help you with your Magento development. At Mind Digital Group, we offer dedicated Magento developers that can deliver exactly what you need without any headaches. Feel free to get in touch with our team if you have any questions or need anything else.

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