Web developers

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As a charity, your website has a lot of work to do. It can be your primary communication channel, merchandising platform, fundraising tool, and a vital source of information and support.

You have to do it right. And to do that, you need the right people.

If you don’t have the expertise in-house, hiring a freelance writer may be the way to go. And while there are pros and cons to hiring freelancers, the biggest benefit is being able to purchase expertise that you might not necessarily be able to afford (or need) full time.

What is a web developer?

The first thing to note is that a web developer is different from a web designer. A web designer focuses on the visuals of the site (branding, logos, style, etc.). While a web developer assembles the cogs of the site. It’s a much more technical role.

Most developers will be able to write code in multiple languages, such as HTML, JavaScript, or CSS, and will be excellent problem solvers. Take a look at our web development basics to learn more.

For example, if your branding needs to be updated on the site, you will need a web designer. If you need to improve your mobile site, you will need a web developer. And if you’re starting a website from scratch, you’ll need both a web developer and a web designer.

There are three main types of developers:

  • Front-end developers Code your website’s user interface, the part that users interact with. A front-end developer works on anything a visitor sees, clicks, or uses on your website. They often have expertise in user experience
  • Back-end developers work on the hidden structure of the website, in essence – how your website works. For example, if you need to integrate a third-party payment system or store data in a database, you’ll need the help of a back-end developer.
  • Full stack developers do both. Although they can cost more per day, they offer the advantage of being able to work both upstream and downstream.

Below, we take a look at some tips to help you choose the right freelance writer.

Clarify what the job is

Be specific about what needs to be done. And it might not just be about building a new website from scratch. You might need a web developer to fix an issue on a checkout page, make your website mobile responsive, or build a new fundraising tool.

Decide exactly on the project scope and absolute delivery times. Being specific early on will help you find the right person who can deliver on time. It will also help prevent project settings from slipping – having fuzzy boundaries isn’t helpful for either party.

Define the experience a freelance needs

From your scoping document, you will have a clear idea of ​​the technical skills they will need. But consider other attributes as well. Is knowledge of similar associations a plus for the project? Or would it be beneficial to have someone with a business angle? Is this a really tight turnaround? In this case, you will need someone who has experience of competently jumping into the deep end.

How to find freelancers

Here are some common methods of finding freelancers:

  • Personal recommendations are ideal – ask networking groups, colleagues, friends or post your request on sites like LinkedIn
  • Job boards and platforms allow you to post your needs and connect with freelancers. You can try the ones that specialize in charities and nonprofits, such as Working for an impact Where Blume. Or try an industry specific platform, like YunoJuno, which specializes in creative and technological disciplines
  • Recruiters will charge more but will oversee the entire hiring process. Try charity-specific recruiters like Charitable people, or digitally focused Source Where Major players
  • Volunteers can also bring solid experience and skills. If you want to go this route, try Do it, Achieve volunteering, Where Volunteering Matters