You Need to Know This Before Hiring a Web Developer Consultant


Summary of “You Need to Know This Before Hiring a Web Developer Consultant”

Websites are excellent tools for communication and can be a strong asset to any organization or church.  If you are considering creating a website for your organization, do not miss this informative video from Mark Steinbrueck with OurChurch.Com.  You need to know this before hiring a web developer consultant and Mark will walk you through the information step by step in this short video.

5 things you need to know before hiring a web developer consultant:

1. Who is Your Web Team?
Assembling a group of two or more individuals who will be responsible for decisions and maintenance of the site is important for several reasons.  First, involving more than one person allows your group to share ideas and gather opinions.  It also helps spread out the workload and creates a back-up plan when one person is unavailable.  You want this group to have the authority to make decisions regarding the site.

2. What is the Purpose of Your Website?
Defining the purpose of your site is extremely important.  One key question you will need to answer is “Who will be the target audience of your website?”  Websites can be used for internal communication among members of your organization, for external communication to reach those not yet a part of your organization, or more commonly, for both purposes.

3. This is an Investment.
Websites are marketing tools and, therefore, can be viewed as an investment rather than an expense.  Your website is going to help you attract new business or new members.  If the increase in business or visitors creates a value that is greater than the cost of your website, then you have made a good investment.

4. Not All Websites are Equal.
Features, functionality, and design of websites can mean different things to different web developers.  You need to have a good idea of what you want from your site and be ready to ask detailed questions to be sure your web developer can create the website that will fit your needs.

5. Plan to Measure Effectiveness.
Once your site is up and running, people within your organization will want to know “Is our site making a difference?”  Before you create your website, you need to decide what markers you will use to determine if your site is effective.

At OurChurch.Com we can help you walk through these decisions.  Don’t miss our series of videos on what you need to know before you get started with a new web site.  Be sure to contact us by filling out the form below to request a free no-obligation consultation.  We’re here to help you meet your goals online!

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Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as .

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