Web Developer / Web Designer
A virtual assistant working as a web developer is usually highly skilled and therefore commands a higher salary. Outsourcing your web design & development work can help keep your web presence attractive and your site functional. Sure you could save money and do it yourself, but your site will probably end up looking like any other cookie-cutter website that relies on a template. Keep in mind that a web designer usually deals with the color palette and look of the website while a web developer’s job is to properly code the site to perform its desired function. That being said, there is still some overlap between web design and web development and you’ll frequently find virtual assistants who are good at both. Web designers who also advertise as web developers can create a multitude of different sites while still performing traditional graphic design tasks for you.
Pay Scale for Web Developer / Web Designer
(US dollars, Filipino pay scale): $550 to $1,400 per month
Examples of Typical Web Developer / Designer Duties
• Install and customize blog and website themes.
• Customize a site to allow client logins using a MYSQL database.
• Install a shopping cart.
• Create e-commerce shops.
• Work with developing a theme around a CMS like Drupal, Joomla or WordPress.
• Make one-page brochures, including one-page sites based on them.
• Create membership sites.
• Maintain backups and make sure software, themes and plug-ins are updated.
Working with a Web Developer
• Search online and give your developer examples of what you have in mind for your website. Remember to keep the user experience in mind. Give your ideas to the developer in as simple and as clear as possible and let them implement it. For further refinement, discuss it on Skype or a phone conversation rather than through e-mail.
• If you don’t know what to do or what’s the best technical solution, ask your developer. They can give you suggestions on all sorts of products & services that you might not even be aware of.
Tools and Resources for Working with Developers and Designers
It’s important that you and your web developers or designer are on the same page. You’ll need to be conversant with web design and web programming terms so you might need to brush up to make sure you’re speaking the same language as your virtual worker.
• You might need a list of web-design terms to make sense of what your web designer is trying to communicate with you if you’re not conversant with web design lingo.
• How to hire a web developer: Inc. magazine’s guide to hiring a web developer is a a great resource for hiring someone in the field.
• Project-management tools: If you find your web developer at Elance.com or Odesk.com, they’ll already have a project management tool that’s built into their billing system. Otherwise there are lots of online project management solutions like Basecamp.com, Asana.com and Trello.com. These software services are great for project-based work as they allow multiple people to contribute and move around pages as work gets done.