What Makes A Great Web Developer

John Berry

Senior Developer

Where would we be without web developers? These individuals are responsible for designing and maintaining websites. A lot goes into this, such as meeting with the client to understand their needs, creating a user-friendly design, and being fluent in Visual Basic or Java programming languages. All of these skills provide the foundation for being a good web developer, but there are natural characteristics that separate the good from the great.

Whether you are looking to hire a new web developer for your company, or you are interested in pursuing a career in this field, here are the characteristics of an effective web developer.

Great Communication with the Client

In the case of a web developer, a website is being built for the customer so their needs must be put first. It’s easy to get carried away with a design that you think looks great, but the customer is always right. This doesn’t mean that you can't make suggestions, but at the end of the day, you are building a product intended for your client and their audience, who they know best.

Ability to Meet Tight Deadlines

Ideally, web developers are given enough time to build successful websites, but we know this doesn’t always happen. The best web developers will find a way to meet these deadlines without compromising quality of work. Much of this involves setting personal deadlines while building in time to make corrections.

A Love for Learning

Web trends are constantly changing. If you’re not always studying and learning about the latest trends, it’s easy to build a website that is already outdated. Successful web developers are on their toes. They crave the latest articles, predictions, and insight on their industry and technologies. The more you know, the more options you can offer to your clients as well.

Works Well with Other Teams

Web developers can’t do everything on their own. Their teams often include graphic designers and content writers. It’s also common for developers to work alongside sales, marketing, and support teams to ensure the site is data-driven. No matter who you are working with, the key is to be a team player. Maintain communication and be open to feedback.

Maintain an Analytical Mindset

It’s great to be creative and inquisitive as a web developer, but an analytical mindset is just as important. Problem-solving skills are a major part of programming. You must be able to think about the details while also focusing on the big picture. For example, the “right” solution may not be the “best” one. By thinking analytically, you can make smart decisions that lead to a thoughtful, well-designed website.

Developers vary in the work they do, but the above traits and characteristics are found in the best of the best!

About the Author: John Berry

John is a former financial professional turned software developer. He has a passion and talent for creating innovative, beautiful software solutions. John is always striving to learn new software technologies and remain on the edge of industry solutions for his clients. He prides himself on being a team player who does whatever it takes to get the job done. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, the beach, and playing on the floor with his daughter.

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