How To Find The Perfect Web Developer

Follow these guidelines to find the perfect web developer for your website

Perhaps you want to create a brand new website or change the colour scheme and layout of your website. If you don’t have an in-house IT expert, you need to look for a web developer.

Thankfully, web developers are all over the place. Websites like www.upwork.com and www.Guru.com are full of developers and designers with varying skill sets and levels of expertise. Similarly, there are hundreds or even thousands of developers in your area. However, this makes it challenging for you to find the perfect candidate for your design project.

Here are tips to help you narrow down the list of possible web developers to just one, who you’ll be able to work with well.

Figure out what you want

Before you even begin looking for a developer, try as much as possible to determine what changes you want to be done or what you want to be included in your new website. Think about aspects like:

  • Functionality
  • Navigation
  • Content
  • Imagery
  • Layouts
  • Design style

 

Also, look at competitors’ websites for inspiration and make a list of things you like and don’t like.

If you are not conversant with websites and development, bring in a business analyst, web designer and project manager with the right skills to help you analyze your business needs.

Look for knowledge and experience

Web developers have technical skills, but they may not have direct experience with:

  • Digital marketing
  • Digital strategy
  • Visual design
  • User-experience design

 

So be sure to ask the developers what they can and can’t do.

Your ideal developer should be able to deliver original and beautiful graphic design. Understand your customers and market. Manage the project and communicate effectively. Adhere to best practice user-experience. And more importantly, help you to fully improve your website.

Be sure to look at their previous work

Viewing and examining a developer’s finished projects is crucial.

When you examine their previous work, note down parts you like and which you don’t. Discuss these with the developer. Tell them your preferences. And ask them why they performed the project in that particular way.

Additionally, ask if they completed the whole work by themselves or with the help of other developers.

Communication is vital

You and your web developer need to communicate without hiccups.

Great communication ensures the project is done on time and all parties are content with the work. Poor communication, on the other hand, can ruin the project and cost you both money and time.

Depending on the details and complexity of your project, you can set up a daily, weekly or monthly communication plan with your developer.

Talk with the developer

Insist on talking to web developers either on Skype, the phone or face-to-face. Sending emails is great too, but should not be the only channel for correspondence.

Chatting with developers is an important ingredient for building trust, establishing rapport, and determining how clearly they communicate.

Take your time

Recommendations from business associates can be a good place to start when selecting your web developer. However, not all recommendations are sincere, so you need to be vigilant and carefully vet them.

If you can’t obtain personal recommendations, check websites like www.Guru.com, or www.PeoplePerHour.com for web developers. If you freelancers aren’t your thing, then check out Argon Design for Adelaide website design.

Build A Wine Cellar

How to build a wine cellar in your house

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Wine cellars are a great way to showcase your wine collection. Make friends. And ensure proper wine storage conditions.

Spaces for wine collections are a growing trend in home planning and design. Whether you live in a large country estate or a tiny apartment, as long as you are a wine enthusiast, your home probably needs a personal wine cellar. You can either create one yourself or team up with a professional.

Proper procedures include:

1. Determine the location

For your wine cellar to function efficiently and consistently, you need to choose a suitable location. Wine usually ages faster in warmer temperatures and slower in cooler temperatures. Similarly, high humidity levels can actually ruin your wine due to the growth of mould in the cork, whereas low humidity levels can dry out the cork, hence spoiling the wine. Therefore, the space you select must be at the right temperatures (11 – 14°C) and right humidity (60 – 70%). You will also need a space big enough to house the size of your cellar. Basements are perfect.

2. Do the drywall, framing, and insulation

A basic 2-by-6 or 2-by-4 wall can handle the framing of your space. For better insulation, you’ll need a thicker wall. Thicker insulation ensures you have a more moderate environment for wine storage. Once you frame your walls, it’s recommended to use R-19 insulation to insulate and waterproof your cellar. Apply the insulation on flooring, the ceiling and the inside of the framed walls. On the outside, apply or wrap a poly moisture barrier. Board the cellar’s interior using a green mild- and water-resistant drywall.

3. Install a cooling unit

There are many different methods and products you can use to cool your space. One of the products is a through-wall unit which creates a warm and cold room. Wine cooling units

normally control humidity and remove excess heat in the cellar. You can install the cooling unit through the wall’s framing.

4. Choose your lighting

Wine cellars are naturally cool but you can make them [look] cool by using great lighting. The style of lighting you select for your cellar is paramount. Normal halogen and incandescent bulbs emit too much heat, therefore, not suitable for your cellar. LED lighting options are incredible and emit virtually no heat. Explore lighting options like LED strip lights, puck lights and track lights to create an ideal design and show off your wine collection.

5. Make a doorway seal

Frameless glass doors help showcase your wine collection. They look extremely classy and offer the best viewing of your space. To install them, you need to create a seal in the cellar’s doorway. Proper installation means using an insulated, exterior-grade door or a dual pane glass.

6. Add humidity

You can add on a basic humidifier or an indoor fountain. All these can actually add the moisture you need. Indoor waterfalls or fountains add a wow factor and become a showpiece in your cellar.

7. Display your wine

Wine racking adds interest and makes your wine cellar look stunning. You can utilize metal/wood wine racks or use custom shelving to display and store your finest wines. The Wine Rack Shop – wine racks have a decent size range of wine racks to choose from. On their Pinterest account, they often upload images of their latest, Australia made designs.

Were these tip not enough? We’ve found a great video below for some additional resources for a DIY wine cellar on the cheap. Check it out!