As a business, finding the right web development company is not easy; as there are lots around offering state of the art services at record low prices.
Not to mention offshore companies based in Spain, India and the US – why not work with them. They are after all cheaper (mostly) and may be able to do a better job.
Using a local web development agency.
The main benefit with working with a local agency is that you can visit them and discuss the project face to face. Having an initial meeting with the agency will ensure they are competent and also help in communicating what the project is.
What about using an offshore web agency?
Quality – this would be hard to control if you cannot meet the agency. Skype and webenars are all well and good, but nothing beats a face to face for being able to communicate and discuss.
Remembering that only 10% of communication is verbal, talking on the phone or via e-mail means that the web agency misses 90%.
Which agency if you opt for a UK agency?
There is criteria that most companies look for when choosing a web agency
- Do they understand the project?
- Have they experience of your industry?
- What will it cost?
These are the main things that come up when looking for a web company.
Meet with the agency (as mentioned) is the best way to a/ get a feel for the agency and if they are the sort of agency for you b/ they do understand your project. Many companies will say they understand when they really do not (as no one wants to tell a customer ‘we do not understand’ – could loose the client) understand.
If the agency has worked in your sector previously then they are much better equipped to tackle your project, contribute to is and also second guess to problem solve.
Comparing quotes from local web development companies is really the best way of finding out what the market price is. All companies charge differently and some are quite expensive – to avoid paying over the odds it is advised to get a few quotes.