I have spent a lot of time looking for web developers to develop my business site which needs a slick front end and a robust content management system on the back. I live in
1) Are there any trustworthy sites that list reputable web developers by location, areas of expertise, size, rank, etc.? I have tried searching awards postings to figure out who the best developers are, but with limited results. I`m looking for a CNET on web developers. Any such thing?
2) How does one actually go about evaluating a proposal for web development? Cost is obvious, but I`ve sent the same specs to several developers and received, in return, widely varying quotes. Obviously, I can look at each developer’s sites and determine if I like what I see. But how do I find out things about what it`s actually like to work with this team? Whether they`re the best team to help me imagine all of the possibilities of what I want to do. Whether paying them $10K less than their competitor means that I’ll be getting a seriously lesser product.
I suppose a good answer to this is to spend time evaluating the work of each developer and then spend time getting to know them as well to see whether there is chemistry. But that takes a lot of work, and a lot of time, when there are literally hundreds of these companies on your doorstep. Does anyone have any specific means of evaluation to employ in this process?