Just a few things your developer wants you to know….

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Light Creative May 09, 2017

​Dev work can be some of the most frustrating for clients.

The mysteries of intricate dev work are lost on the majority of us, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We asked our head dev Amos what key pieces of info he’d like all clients to know before embarking on any projects.

Structure is key:

With development, you want a very structured brief. You want the site mapped out. And everything in the site mapped out. Generally, developers don’t want to do anything more than they have to do. They have to be very efficient with their time or nothing gets done. And if you have a structured brief, it sets out the boundaries so budgets don’t get blown out.

Stick to the plan:

The dev will quote you for the brief/design. But sometimes clients come back to you with more ideas for additions and extra pages etc. The client might think they're simple, but it adds up and becomes more expensive than they anticipated. It’s not often that you finish a project, as a developer, with time to spare. They usually go over time. But clients can cut down on that overtime by not requesting additions. It's best if they stick to the design and then tackle add-ons in round two.

Think it through:

Additions often come down to big things like login systems, content management systems, and the ability to edit after the website is done. These are things that should be considered from the start. So think about the whole project, and how you’ll handle it after it’s finished, from the very beginning. Think about it before you get a quote, because then we know the true scope of the project, and it’s less likely to run overtime.

We want to go the extra mile:

But we want the extra mile to be extra. It's best if we put the extra mile stuff into really nice additions like improving site speed, SEO, and optimisation images, not additional features. If there’s any time left, the devs would want it to go to this kind of thing.

Ask for our professional opinion:

Sometimes clients come to you with a solution to their problem, instead of giving you the chance to solve their problem. But usually we know of better solutions - it’s part of our job. So it’s always good when clients are flexible and open to letting us problem solve for them.

Light Creative is a Melbourne-based creative, content, and digital agency.