Are you looking for an website developer who can help you to build a new e-commerce website using OpenCart?
Perhaps you may be looking for an OpenCart developer to redesign your existing website or fix some of the issues on your e-commerce store.
Whichever the case, this blog post will guide you on some of the important questions that you must ask before hiring an OpenCart developer.
#1 How much experience do you have in OpenCart development?
When it comes to the working knowledge of e-commerce open source like OpenCart, experience matters a lot.
A less experienced website developer may quote you a low price for the development of your e-commerce website, but you may face some unwanted issues like:
- Delay in project completion.
- Lots of bugs & errors on your website.
- Inability of your website developer to do some of the complicated features.
Therefore, before hiring an OpenCart developer, do make sure to ask about the number of experience he or she has. Preferably, you must work with only those website developers who have got more than 3-4 years of experience.
#2 How do you ensure the security of OpenCart websites?
\We all know that open source platforms like OpenCart are not very secure because of the familiarity of its structure is known by all the hackers. However, there are several ways in which a website developer can make an OpenCart website secure.
Of course, these skills are not possessed by inexperienced website developers. Which is why I have already suggested above that you must hire only experienced OpenCart developers to build or redesign your e-commerce website.
#3 How many successfully OpenCart projects have you delivered?
It’s not only about experience when it comes to hiring an OpenCart website developer. Because there could be some cases where a website developer may have more than 5 years of experience in OpenCart development but he may have worked on only one or two websites during his whole tenure.
Lesser number of successful projects means less exposure.
Therefore, you must also ask your website developer about the number of projects he or she has delivered successfully.
#4 How much you will charge for e-commerce website development?
For every e-commerce business, especially startups, money is the most important tool.
You, as a small business owner, can’t spend your whole investment on a website development.
It is therefore very important for all the businesses to find out a website developer or web design company that offer affordable website development solutions.
If you ask me about the cost of an e-commerce website development, I would say that there is no fixed price for it. An e-commerce store development may cost you as low as $3,000 and it can go as high as $20,000 or even more.
Just to ensure that you don’t end up paying the highest range for your website development, it is advisable that you must seek quotations from different website developers and compare them thoroughly on all the parameters mentioned here.
#5 Do you know OpenCart extensions customizations?
There are a lot of website developers who know how to setup an e-commerce website using OpenCart and how to install/configure its extensions.
But customizing these extensions is really very challenging. Only experienced web developers can do this job.
Therefore, before you hire any OpenCart website developer, do ensure to ask if he or she can customize OpenCart extensions according to your specific requirements.
#6 When can you start and how soon you can complete?
Finally, you must ask your developer how soon they can start your website development and how soon they can complete your project.
Especially, if you have a tight deadline to launch your e-commerce store, you must make sure that your shortlisted website developer is able to deliver on time. Else, you may end-up paying for nothing.
#7 Do you also provide website maintenance?
A website development is not a one-time thing. It’s an ongoing process. You do need continuous support of your OpenCart developer to:
- Make changes on your website.
- Fix intermittent issues on your website.
- Redesign your existing OpenCart website.