The Truth About My Job: Web Developers

What you need to know about working with a web developer.

It’s easy to judge another industry from the outside, with ideas formed by what we see on TV, hear on the news or experience through our friends. But not all stories and stereotypes are true. The best way to debunk myths about an industry? Turning to those who know it best.

WEB DEVELOPERS

THE MYTH: Small website changes are always a quick fix for web developers.

THE TRUTH: Web developers may seem like wizards of the net, but that doesn’t mean “simple” website changes aren’t time consuming for them. There is so much that goes into building a cohesive site—from coding to network protocols—that something like sliding the details of your company from the left side of your website to the right may be more difficult than it appears.

“What [clients] don’t necessarily see or understand is that there is a lot more that goes into a website than what’s on the screen,” Javier Fuller, vice president of web development at CONRIC PR & Marketing, says. For some seemingly small changes, “we usually have to do more rebuilding than what you may think.” And if it takes a hefty chunk of time to do, you may be looking at more 
cost.

So, if you’re working with a web 
developer, voice your feedback but also
 keep an open mind when it comes to
 his or her design choice. “We deal with
 websites every day and know what 
types of things work and don’t 
work, and what kinds of
 things are and aren’t useful,”
 Fuller adds. Chances are, if 
a module is set to a certain 
side, it’s there to gain the best 
exposure.