How to get your programmer to work with you


Some programmers can be difficult to work with. Some of the best programmers don’t have great people skills and may be amazing at coding but not so great at communicating with you. As a client this can be frustrating and you may feel that you are often not listened to and have to keep chasing to get what you need. There are a number of things you can do to help the situation and make sure that everyone works well together. If your programmer is self employed then you may want to ask them which days they are available and the best time to contact them. It may be that they prefer to be contacted in the morning so they have all day to respond. Also many programmers prefer to...
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Attending networking events to find programmers


If you are a programmer looking for someone to work alongside you or a business owner looking for someone to create a website for you, then you may want to consider attending some networking events. Many regions of the UK now have networking events that are aimed at people in the web design and marketing business. These events often attract, programmers, designers, social media experts and marketing consultants. You may be able to attend these events even if you are not working within one of these industries but looking for someone that does. Networking events can be a great way to meet new people and find contacts that you may want to use or need to use in the future. You can often get a feel for a person by...
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Working with someone else’s code


As a programmer, you may be asked to take over or add on to websites that have been programmed by another company or a freelance programmer. When working with someone else’s code it may take you a bit to get your head around how they have done it and, depending on how they work, it may need a bit of tidying up. When you are quoting for work to be done on a website that you have not programmed it is important to include additional time for this or to inform the customer that there may be additional costs should it not be as straightforward as it should be. You need to take some time to familiarise yourself with the layout and set up of the website and try and...
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Pricing a project as a web designer


Pricing can be a tricky subject for a web developer or programmer. If the website is straight forward and has the usual pages and functionality then the chances are you have already worked on a similar project previously or have a template design that you can easily price. The issue comes when the website needs to be bespoke and has a number of complicated functions that will have to be written in from scratch. It can be tricky to know exactly how long it is going to take to complete the job so pricing can become complex. You need to try and establish how many man hours of work you think there is going to be to get the job done. It is always advisable to slightly over estimate or...
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Understanding your domain and hosting


When you buy a domain name you may think that you have everything you need to start to build your website. You may not have purchased any hosting with your name and until you do this you will not have anyway of adding a website to it. Think of hosting as the space needed to store all the files (or pages)  that will contained in your website. You need to be able to rent space off a server in order to host your files. There are a number of ways in which to obtain hosting; you can buy hosting when you buy your domain name, you can also chose to buy hosting through a third party or you can chose to have your website hosted with your website developer who...
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