Choosing a Website Developer

Years ago, a Traditional Website Developer was the only choice.  Now, a business owner has options!  And making the right choice when it comes to the developer of your website is a very important decision, indeed.  Here are some basics to get you started.  In today’s world of technology, there are basically three ways to devleop your website:  (1) hire a Traditional Developer (2) purchase a do-it-yourself software package or (3) choose a turn-key solution provider.

A Traditional Developer will typically develop your site by using a lot of programming and code that is far beyond what any business owners even cares to begin to, or needs to understand.  After all, your business is YOUR BUSINESS, not the details of how to develop a website.  In general, a Traditional Developer will give you exactly what you want in exactly the way you want it.  The drawbacks to using a Traditional Developer are primarily cost and timeframe.  This is likely your most expensive option, and you will also be at the whim of the timeframe and workload of your developer not only for the initial site design but also for future changes and updates to your site.  Nevertheless, if your needs are complex and, for example, you need your site to “talk” to other sites and interact with other software programs used in your office, then a Traditional Devleoper is likely your best option.

You could also go to the local office supply store and buy a “do-it-yourself” webpage design software program. This will provide you with a website at the lowest cost, but likely will box you in to a limited type of design that has a “standard” look similar to other pages developed with the same software.  Also, there is a learning curve to learning how to use the software, and you will still need to educate yourself on and discover the appropriate way to host your site.

Finally, there are several Turn-key Solutions available in the marketplace wherein you can work with a development consultant the will help to understand your needs and use a website development software package to not only develop your initial site but also to help you maintain the site in the future.  A Turn-Key solution has much less limitations (though there are still some) than the Do-It-Yourself options while also being more cost effective than a Traditonal Developer.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Beware of a “freelancer” who has done nothing more than purchase a do-it-yourself package but is trying to pass himself off as a Traditional Developer.  You will likely pay Traditional Developer fees and get a very basic and lackluster webpage with no features.

Doing your homework is important to helping you make the best decision.  Being an informed consumer is better for you and your developer.  For more detailed information on how to make the best decision, consult Tom Elliott’s book, Website 411, available by following the link to the right.

Published in: on February 8, 2008 at 4:48 AM  Comments (4)  
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POTW chosen for National Directory

Commensurate with the publishing of his book, “Website 411 – Business Survival in an Internet Economy,” author Thomas M. Elliott has also launched his National Directory of Web Solution Providers, for which Power On The Web has been chosen for inclusion as a respected website developer in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area.

Tom has been developing websites and working in the internet marketing, e-commerce, and search engine optimization fields for several years, and the publishing of his book (available at is only the latest example of his committment to educating today’s business owner on the power of the internet and the value of web presence and internet marketing. To anyone considering the impact a website and internet marketing can have on their business, Website 411 is a must read.

Along with the publishing of the book, Tom has also launched the Website411 book Website. Included in this website is not only access to purchase your own copy of Website 411, but also numerous special features – some available only to those that purchase the e-book version – as well as the National Directory of Website Solution Providers. POTW is proud to announce that we have been chosen for inclusion in the directory.

Published in: on January 5, 2008 at 5:15 AM  Comments (1)  
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