Web Development – Do It The Ethical Way!

Post by|Web DevelopmentJun.10.2014

Morality! The word we are forgetting slowly. No matter what position you work for or where you work or for whom you work. Morality, ethics, honesty are difficult terms to follow, but sticking to them can have the best results for you in distant future.

Even in the creative field like photography, designing, development or anything else that takes imagination and talent are regulated to some ethics. We being developers, take responsibility for making someone’s business a success. So, even if there are no specific set of rules assigned to us, it is always better to keep ourselves in check. Web developers are not obligated to specific oath like doctors or lawyers, but still having some guidelines and limitations can go a long way.

right or wrongPersonally, I think the below list can help to keep the creative people in check and help them work morally.

Let’s Take A Look At Them:

General Ethics

  • Never ever sell the client’s information to any other party. Give such information, only if the client has given you written permission to do so.
  • The confidentiality of the clients including, business connections, payment information, project information, strategies, goals or any such information should not be disclosed to anyone without the consent of the client.
  • Make sure to keep the client in the loop, and have his agreement on updation or changes of any sort. Never lie to the client or do not access their accounts without their prior knowledge, if you are given any credentials to do so.
  • Even if you have to use any personal information of the client like payment details or credit card numbers, make sure you notify them and get their permission.

Web Site Development Ethics

  • Do not include any adult content or graphics if the website is not in the context. Also, make sure that the outlook of the website should not seem like it is supporting any radical groups or violence of any kind.
  • Do not design websites with high graphics or unnecessary images that can increase the landing page time. (Use such images or graphics only after the clients consent)
  • Make sure that the user is aware if the site uses cookies.
  • Use genuine designing platforms and techniques. Also, if the latest technology or platform doesn’t not help the site in any way avoid using it.
  • Use of pop-up windows should be to share information and that only if the client requires. Do not use it for advertisement display.
  • Make sure the sites are properly navigated and always provide a site map. Try not to confuse the user with same page opening in loop or repetitive pages.
  • The client should always be in the loop and they should be notified of any changes made. Be clear with them and be on the same page. Do not ask for any extra money by lying to them or providing false details to do so. Do not use the lack of knowledge of client for personal benefits.
  • Government rules and regulations should be taken into consideration before hosting the site or updating content. Make sure the content is not confidential or it doesn’t violate any rules and laws by the government in any kind.
  • Create websites that can provide the users with information and they can have a pleasant experience and the client gets good ROI.
  • Lastly, images used during the website development must be free of copyright issues. If copyright images are used, the client can have legal issues.
  • Encourage the client to use paid images.

As you can see they are not, some military level guidelines. Just some basic yet necessary and very effective guidelines that can generate good results for you and the client when you develop their website.

We are always open for suggestions and feedback, so if you have any, don’t hesitate to write in the box. Good luck!

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