Eight Questions (you may not know) to Ask a Web Developer

There’s more to a successful website than a ‘pretty face.’ But you wouldn’t know that until you’ve had to pay the price for an unsuccessful, troublesome website.

Hand-drawn illustration indicating the signals your website sends to humans and machines.
Your website sends signals to robots, other computers and people.

Question 1: Who owns my website?

Question 2: Do you optimize images for design, speed and searchability?

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Hand-drawn illustration of person trying to squeeze an oversized image into a iphone
Squeezing oversized images into your website impacts design, accessibility and performance.

Question 3: What will my web pages look like in Google Search Results?

Hand-drawn illustration of the head and body, some html tags and a typical browser page
Hand-drawn illustration of the head and body, some html tags and a typical browser page
“Tags” are HTML components of a web page. “Meta tags” are tags about the tags.

Title and Description Meta Tags

Illustration of the parts of a browser window and search results impacted by ‘title’ and ‘description’ meta tags.
Illustration of the parts of a browser window and search results impacted by ‘title’ and ‘description’ meta tags.
The “Title” and “Description” meta tags are important opportunities to communicate with your audience.

Question 4: Do you do ‘On-Page’ SEO?

Heading Hierarchy

Words on a page are translated as sounds by our brains.
Words on a page are translated as sounds by our brains.
Hand-drawn illustration showing a ‘wall of text’ and properly organized written content
Hand-drawn illustration showing a ‘wall of text’ and properly organized written content
Humans and robots depend on how well your written content is organized.

Hypertext Strategies

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Hand-drawn illustration of the difference between internal and external links
Set external links to ‘open in a new window’ so you won’t lose your audience.

Question 5: Do you do 301 Redirects?

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Hand-drawn illustration of Google robots redirecting a click from an old page to a new, replacement page
Let Google robots redirect your visitor from an old page to a new, replacement page.

Question 6: How will my web pages look on social media?

Hand-drawn illustration comparing images that fit and are cut off in Facebook
Hand-drawn illustration comparing images that fit and are cut off in Facebook
You can choose how your page looks and what it says in social media posts.

Question 7: Will my website pass Google’s tests for responsiveness, speed, and user experience?

Mobile-Friendly Test

Page Speed Insights

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Hand-drawn illustration of Google’s grading scores for speed; slow, needs improvements and fast
A website’s download speed is critical to it’s success.

User Experience ( UX )

Question 8: Will my website be encrypted (https)?

Hand-drawn illustration of the error message Chrome gives when a website is not encrypted
Hand-drawn illustration of the error message Chrome gives when a website is not encrypted
Have you seen this error message? It’s usually due to the website lacking SSL encryption.

Final Notes

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