There is no regulation when it comes to web development, no certainty that you are engaging a professional with the skills necessary to get the job done. Too often we hear stories of retailers paying for a website that does not work or is not easily updated or that is not being found in online searches.
Our advice if you are considering website development is:
- Get a proposal in writing.
- Ensure the developer commits in writing to commercial outcomes with which you agree.
- Agree to staged payments with some funds withheld until the site is genuinely live and working to your satisfaction.
- Ensure the site comes with training for your proper maintenance of the data on the site.
- Ensure the site is provided with a marketing program to ensure the site is easily found online.
If a website development proposal sounds too good to be true, it is most likely too good to be true and you should pass.