Choose the right company for web design in dubai how to avoid bad experiences

Posted on 19 Sep 2013 in blog | 6 comments

First of all let me just say i don’t mean all web design companies in Dubai are bad. i work with couple of them and they are very good because they hire experienced professionals and pay them a decent salary monthly, but i get the occasional client who come to me after horrible experience with web design companies.

In the past month a client contacted me who wanted a one page picture based template. She went through two companies that couldn’t deliver the requirements.  i agreed to continue the work and finish the project. once i received the code i didn’t Know to laugh or cry so i decided to blog about it.

So how bad was it

After paying 4000 AED in advance and waiting for a month she received a menu in HTML which was 70 lines of code and generated 62 w3c errors (i don’t know how the developer could fit that many errors in 70 lines) and a slide show of images as pages (there was no text only images).  There was no directory structure all the files were pasted in one folder and a collection of Deprecated HTML Tags were used.  The funny part was that they offer her SEO service cause they claimed that can make the pictures really SEO friendly. To cut the story short I had to start all over again and create the website form scratch with actual content instead of images and later converted it to a WordPress theme.

The reason why?

Well if the company offering cheaper prices than what good companies usually charge (companies charge between 10 to 12k for a basic dynamic sites with a CMS) it means they hired junior developer just out of college or still students and they pay them 4 thousand per month or outsource to somebody who doesn’t speak a word of English.  if the developer gets paid that much in country that the cost of living is at least 10k per month what do you expect the result to be. I’ll be honest when i started web development i was not that good (perhaps my old colleges can elaborate on that :)) because i was still a student and was getting little to no money for salary so i didn’t really taught it was worth the effort to improve my skills then. but when i got hired in a better company in a year i doubled my effort to learn as much as i can and  still learning and trying to improve my skills every day after 8 years.

Choosing the right company for web design in Dubai – What to do to avoid Bad experiences.

Choosing the right company for web design in Dubai is hard. Here is a guide to avoid such bad experiences

  1. If you are on a low budget it is better to hire a experienced freelancer web designer / web developer instead of a company.
  2. If you choose a company set up a meeting in their office not in Starbox and instead of talking to the good looking marketing representative with the fancy accent (not that i have anything against the fancy accent) ask to talk with the developer make sure he understands the requirements if his only knowledge of English language is the word “no English” your not in the right company.
  3. Check their portfolio in term of design and use w3c validator to check their work (just copy and past the url into http://validator.w3.org/) if they have few to no errors it is good sign but if they have more than 50 not a good sign)
  4. Check their work on woorank for SEO. If they score less than 40 not a good sign more than 50 is a good sign.
  5. If the price is half of what other companies charge that is a bad sign because it means they hired cheap developers and that means low quality of work.
  6. if they claim they are  SEO experts but none of their sites rank high on google that is a bad sign.
  7. be aware of SEO scams (like getting 1000 of links, getting high ranking in a month, getting 2000 visitor per day in a week, submitting to 1000 search engines, 1000 of keywords and stuff like that)
  8. If they suggest solutions that doesn’t make sense (lets say you have 5 products on eCommerce shop and they suggest a big bloated system such as magneto (magneto is good if you have  hundreds of products and if you want to invest in a dedicated server). This only means they want to charge you more for development and for maintenance .

Hope that helps.

Babak Nemaei

Freelance Web Developer Dubai | Web designer Dubai | SEO consultant in Dubai

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