For the Developers

Most of my blogs entries are geared towards past, present, and future clients, do-it-yourself website builders, and other such readers. However, this time I’m writing for a different audience: my fellow developers.

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I’ve found that one of the most irksome issues in maintaining a blog is that I can generally keep up with the blog or else I can develop custom web sites and web applications, but it’s difficult to do both.

Still, I accumulate plenty to write about in the web development industry. There never seems to be a shortage of topics about which to write. I just wanted to take a minute to go over some things I’ve learned in my years servicing the web site design industry. Newcomers, take note:

  • Always get a down payment before commencing. I don’t care if it’s your mother. Don’t do any work before you have a cash commitment.
  • Start a new website or application with a detailed course of action (do not attempt to just wing it).
  • Maintain a solid comprehension of the client’s expectations (even though they may be given neither clearly nor concisely).
  • Design the layout and scheme first, and get your client’s approval prior to developing the rest of their website.
  • Be aware that inevitably, the client will change his mind, even after making a final decision on what he wants.
  • Constantly check your work in all browsers. Then check again.
  • Realize that there will always be people using non-standards compliant browsers such as IE6 and IE7. The sooner you accept this and move on, the better.
  • If you don’t know how to do something, Google it, look it up in a book, or ask a colleague. It can be done.
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Article written by Michael Torbert