Providing feedback to your website developer is an integral part of your web development process. Because without providing a proper feedback, your website developer can’t fix or improve your website.
But at the same time, you must take care of few things before you provide your website designer with your feedback.
Why you must provide a proper feedback to your website developer?
- It saves your time & energy.
- It helps your website developer to make changes easily.
- It helps you to track the changes & updates.
- It enables you to test your website in an organised fashion.
- It avoids all kinds of frustrations & conflicts.
In this blog post, I have shared 5 important way to give effective feedback to your developer.
#1 Be Clear & Concise
There are two kinds of feedbacks. One is overall and other one is specific.
In the case of your website development, you need to provide a detailed feedback that must be clear & concise for your developer to understand.
Below are few examples:
- Instead of writing “the page doesn’t look good”, you can specify “the header section of this page doesn’t look good”.
- Instead of writing that the images look blur, try to mention the pages on which the images are not looking good.
- Instead of writing “the form doesn’t work”, you can write “the form validation doesn’t work” or “the form submission is not working”.
- Instead of writing “this page has a lot of issues”, try to list out the exact issues on any webpage.
The more clear & concise your feedback will be, the easier it will be for your website designer to understand and make corrections accordingly. As a result, your website development will be completed on-time.
#2 Provide Screenshots
In order to make it clear for your website designer to understand the feedback, you can also take screenshots of your website screens and refer to them while writing your feedback.
With the help of screenshots provided, it will be easier for your website developer to point out the reported issue(s) and fix them accordingly.
Additionally, you can also request your website designer to send back the screenshots of corrected issues from the respective screens.
There are many free online tools available for you to edit or write on the screenshots. One of these online tools is Canva.
#3 Send References & Examples
If you want your website designer to fix or change the UI of your webpages, you can also provide him with some example websites so that he can have a look over them and change the UI accordingly.
Sometimes, if may be difficult for you to explain your web designer through words. In such cases, reference websites work wonder. I can confirm this statement based on my own experience as a website developer & web consultant.
Here are some examples of how you can refer to a website and explain your website developer:
- Refer to the website https://websitename.com and check out the header style.
- Refer to the webpage https://websitename.com/webpage and see the menu style.
Sending references & examples to your website designer will definitely save your time and energy.
#4 Make A Log Of Your Feedback
In order to track & check the previous feedbacks, it’s always good to maintain a log.
Maintaining your website’s feedback log will help you and your website developer to stay organised and avoid confusions.
Your feedback log may have below columns:
- Feedback number
- Feedback description
- Repeated (yes/no)
Making this log will definitely help you to save your time and avoid frustrations.
How you can create a log?
- You can use Microsoft Excel or even Microsoft Word document.
- You can use any of the free online tools like Trello
#5 Don't Check Until Your Developer Asks
The last but not least advise for you to provide feedback for your website designer is to never check until your developer asks you to do so.
If you check the website while your website developer is also working on the changes, it may create a lot of confusions and frustrations on both the sides.
Here are the reasons why you must not check your website before you get confirmation:
- You may report errors on the points on which your developer has been working already.
- You may experience intermittent issues while your developer is working on the coding.
The best time to check your website and make a feedback list is only when your website developer or designer has done his job and confirmed you to start testing.