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3 Key Things to Look for When Hiring a Web Developer
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3 Key Things to Look for When Hiring a Web Developer

Looking for a web developer for your business? It’s not the easiest thing in the world if you’ve never hired one before, particularly as there are so many options out there now.

There are some things that you should consider requirements regardless of your industry or business needs, though. Today, we’ll go over those prerequisites to show you how to hire a web developer.

Before we begin, you should keep in mind that the makeup of a good web developer isn’t solely composed of technical skills. The best web developers have certain non-technical traits or abilities too.

But you’ll see that for yourself as we go over our list of the most important things to look for when hiring a web developer. Let’s begin right now!

1. Familiarity with W3C

This should be more or less a given. You need a web developer who’s actually familiar with the W3C (World Wide Web consortium) and what it stands for.

You don’t want a developer with no idea of what’s happening in web development standards. That’s a good way to end up with online properties that can’t match up to competitors’ offerings.

Ideally, a web developer should have working knowledge of current web development standards, protocols, and guidelines.

In practical terms, that means you should ask the developer if he or she validates his code after writing it. Ask what tools he or she uses for that validation.

Examples of popular validation tools are The W3C MarkUp Validator and Validator.nu. There are some others they may use: you can search for them online to verify that the tool they claim to use is a good one.

Take note, however, that it may sometimes be necessary for a web developer to break validation. It may be because the HTML4 or HTML5 specification isn’t perfect in itself, in some cases.

That said, a good developer should be able to tell you precisely why they need to break validation specs in each case.

Furthermore, the best developers still take the time to validate their whole markup, because it makes catching errors easier.

Another reason to do it is that browsers themselves are constantly evolving, which means there’s no guarantee that a browser will stay forgiving when it comes to invalid code in the future.

2. The ability to produce table-less code

Yes, tables are sometimes necessary in web development. But generally, table-driven design is now old-fashioned.

Thus, you want to find a developer who doesn’t rely too heavily on tables. You can test them on the spot to see just how well they function when asked to write table-less code.

Ask them to produce the markup for something like a menu, for instance, and check if they lard their code with tables or not. You can even ask them to show you code where tables would actually be necessary, for contrast.

3. Culture-match

This is an example of what we mean by non-technical prerequisites in web developers. It’s also a major consideration in recruitment.

Even the most experienced and technically talented web developers can perform poorly with a culture mismatch, you see.

For instance, don’t assume that someone will be the right web developer for your startup if all of their experience has been with big, well-established companies.

You have to check first if they’re capable of taking the particular demands on employees at startups: a lot of flexibility, an adventurous nature, self-management, etc.

Otherwise, you may well end up with someone who has the tools but not the gumption to do what you need them to do.

A Final Note on Hiring Web Developers

As you can see, there are quite a number of things to look for when hiring web developers.

All of them can be difficult to manage too: not all business owners are sufficiently well-versed in markup to understand whether or not a developer is using too many tables or not, for example, as per the test we suggested in the second requirement.

Fortunately, there are ways around this. For instance, you can have us find and vet candidates for your web developer job position from our database of developers all over Southeast Asia.

We can do technical assessments (as we have in-house tech gurus ourselves), check experience and resume points, and even culture-match talent to your needs. In short, we can find you the perfect web developers as long as you tell us what you want.

To learn more about how we can help you find the right developers for your company or project, contact us at Skilledd now.