When you’re building an e-commerce website/online store, you need to make sure that your website security is topnotch. Your clients will be buying products from your website and they’ll be giving out credit card information which could be easily hacked unless you have proper security encryption. This is one part of programming which you must leave to professionals in the field. Trying to DIY it, unless you happen to be a professional yourself, could lead to disaster.
However, it’s not enough that you trust just any company offering their services online. For one, you’ll be giving out information about your website which could be stolen from you if you’re not careful. Secondly, you want a company that’s credible enough to do the job. The first thing you should ask from them is a portfolio. A credible website developing company wouldn’t hesitate to give you a detail-by-detail report of what they can and can’t do for your e-commerce website. Whenever possible, they can also cite specific websites they’ve worked on in the past and give you a rundown of what they’re capable of providing.
You can also try to contact the references they’ve given to you. Hopefully, some of them could accommodate your questions and could give you tips on how to work with the website developing company. If you’re satisfied with the testimonials, you can then go ahead and make your contract.
The contract is vital because it would protect you from wily web developers who may try to charge you more than the price you’ve agreed on for the service. Make sure that you include the price of the service and the date of the project’s completion in your contract. You should also include a clause which binds the website developing company to confidentiality. They shouldn’t be allowed to use or promulgate any information they’ll be getting from your company while they’re developing the website and its security features.