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Having a functioning website with a mobile app alternative is more important than ever. Nearly 40% of people will choose a new search result entirely if the first one they pick isn't user friendly, and even then, you only get 10 seconds to make your impression. When you're looking to upgrade your company's web presence, it's important that you know what you're in for. The key to knowing what to expect is knowing what questions you should be asking ahead of time. So if you're looking to upgrade into the world of mobile applications, which rakes in almost $35 billion a year in revenue, here are some of the things you should ask web designers.

How will you be forming your estimate? - When forming a cost and scheduling estimate for your project, it can sometimes take more than just the initial phone call or meeting to get a clear picture. Ask instead about the way that the company will be deciding on these estimates, so you can get at least a ballpark idea of what you can expect in terms of cost and date of completion for web services.

Will the code you write belong to us? - Sometimes, website designers can offer you a discounted rate if you give them permission to use the code that they write on later projects. However, make sure you ask your web development team early about what the ownership of the code entails. You may find that in order to do further web design and changes, you may need to pay extra if the code isn't technically all yours.

What do we do if we aren't happy? - If the work that you're getting from your web design team isn't turning out the way that you thought it would, you want to make sure that you have the ability to opt out. In some cases, you can arrange your contract so that you can stop development services and keep the work that has already been completed. This will give you the best path to a user-friendly, engaging website and mobile application for your place of business.

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