FAQs about your Account

Important information for designers, developers and internet marketers

How do I get my company listed on DevFinder?

If you're a website design company, app developer, design firm, freelancer or internet marketer and want to get listed on DevFinder, simply start by creating a free account and submitting your information. After we review and verify your information, we'll enable your Company Page and make it available within our search and reviews.

Can a freelancer be included in DevFinder?

Yes! Freelancers are an important part of the design and development community! If you're a freelancer, DevFinder is a perfect place for you to showcase your services and make yourself available to new clients.

How do people find my company using DevFinder?

DevFinder provides two distinct ways for visitors to find design, development and internet marketing firms:

  1. Browse & Search Companies: Visitors can search for your company or service by type, location, budget, years in business and company size. The results display as cards that include your logo, company name, type of service, and your location. If you have a Pro account, your card is 3-times the size of a Basic card and prominently displays an of your portfolio's featured project.
  2. Browse & Search Portfolios: Every project in your portfolio is searchable, offering visitors a great way to discover your company. Projects can be searched by type, industry, size of client, time of completion (recency), project budget/cost, and keywords. Results are displayed as flexible cards featuring a large image of your project and its title (both linked to the project's full dedicated page), your company name (linked to your Company Page), a snippet of its description, and details such as type, industry, date completed, size of client and cost.
How are search results ranked or sorted?
When someone searches on DevFinder, the results are presented in a responsive, scrolling grid of cards according to the user's search parameters. To maximize visibility and fairness, all cards are evenly rotated for every page view. The larger cards of Pro accounts will display first, followed by the smaller cards of Basic accounts. Also, when your keep your Company Page and/or Portfolio up-to-date (such as adding your latest project), your card will display an "Updated" signal and temporarily float to the top.
How do I maximize my exposure on DevFinder?

DevFinder was designed to allow you to get the most visibility possible. And the more you add about your company and the work you've done, the more exposure you'll get. Here are some tips:

  • Write a great description of your company: The best Company Pages have engaging and unique descriptions that strive to inform readers about your company and its services. Never just copy from another website (including your own). This is your chance to connect with potential new clients.
  • Add an example of your best work: Visitors want to see what you're capable of, so make sure you complete your Company Page by including a project from your portfolio. Remember, this gives you another dedicated page on DevFinder and includes your firm in the portfolio search.
  • Update often: Keeping your Company Page and portfolio up-to-date is a signal to visitors that your company is active and vibrant.
  • Consider a Pro account: If you haven't already, upgrading your account to premium allows you to add up to eight (8) projects to your portfolio. That means your company will have nine dedicated pages on DevFinder where potential new clients can discover you. Also, Pro accounts get larger and more prominent cards that are 3-times larger than basic cards (and they display before basic cards). Try it out - you can cancel and downgrade at any time.
  • Contribute as a guest author: If you have a great idea for a consumer focused article about design, website or mobile app development, internet marketing, etc., you could be featured as a guest author in DevFinder Answers. Contributing an article is a great way to increase your visibility on the web. Contact us with your idea.
What are the advantages of a Pro account?
Pro accounts offer many advantages over Basic including:
  • Top of Search Results: Pro accounts display before basic accounts in our search.
  • Your card in search results is 3-times larger than basic.
  • You get a personal contact form and inbox.
  • Pro cards include an image of your featured project from your portfolio.
  • Include up to eight projects in your portfolio (that's 8 additional dedicated pages on DevFinder and 8x the exposure in the portfolio search!).
  • Customize your Company Page with a background image that enhances your marketing. Also, DevFinder's website chrome is stripped away so your brand stands out even more!
What are some tips for making my description stand-out?
Great descriptions should always follow these guidelines:
  • Seek to inform readers by writing for your target audience. Never stuff with keywords - search engines are not your customer.
  • Avoid duplicating content from other websites.
  • Include notable or proud achievements, honors or facts.
  • Be compelling but concise. While your description can be as long as your like, it's important to keep the attention of your reader. Express your company's value conversationally - like a good elevator pitch.
  • Check your spelling!
  • Keep it fresh - if something about your company changes such as receiving an award or recognition, you should revisit your description to highlight these milestones and achievements.
What type of logo files work best?

Your logo will be displayed at double the pixel density to support retina-type displays. This ensures that your logo will look sharp on every device. We accept .PNG, .JPG/.JPEG and .GIF file types (PNG recommended). As always, your logo file should make use of transparency for its background (if any). Files will be resized automatically.

What are Leads?

Leads that are offered through DevFinder are your opportunities for new business development. In each member's account there is a list of available leads (if any leads are currently available). These leads are requests for prices and proposals that come into DevFinder from real clients. Each lead's information, including the full notes from our own communications with them, is available for review by any active account holder (those with active Company Pages). If you find a lead that interests you, you can purchase it and contact them directly.

How does the Lead process work?

When someone wants to get a proposal and estimate for their web or app project, they can submit their request through DevFinder where their information is reviewed and verified. We then reach out to the client to qualify their request and gather any missing or important specifics like more verbose details, budget and timeline information, and how many bids they're willing to accept.

During our conversations, we also offer advice to them on what to expect while making sure that they're prepared to immediately start talking seriously to professional design and development companies.

After all the data is in, we fine-tune the request and, based on its value, place a nominal price on the lead opportunity, set the number of maximum bids, and add an expiration date. The lead then becomes available to active DevFinder account holders who are notified via email.

How much do Lead opportunities cost?

Projects and service requests come in all shapes and sizes (and budgets). As a result, no two are the same. So when a client's project comes into focus, the value becomes apparent and we set a nominal price on the opportunity that is proportionate to this value (we usually start by multiplying its budget by 0.5% to 1%).

As an example, a Fortune 500 customer with a six-figure budget would be a very valuable opportunity for an appropriately capable, and reputable, firm. Such a lead would carry a premium price. On the other hand, if an entrepreneur has a limited budget and their project is more appropriate for a freelancer or a smaller developer, or if this client is in a small market, the lead would be priced quite nominally.

What happens after I purchase a Lead opportunity?

Immediately after you purchase an available lead, all of it's details, including all the information we obtained through follow-ups, and the customer's identifying and contact information, is made available to you through your account. The lead will then be moved, permanently, to your purchased leads list (under "My Purchased Leads") on your account homepage. Also, the client will be sent an email with your information and a link to your Company Page. It's now time for you to reach out to the client and get the job!

What is your policy on links?
This is very simple: DevFinder follow's Google's Webmaster Guidelines as they apply to links, as should any good webmaster. Give them a good read if you haven't already.
Is DevFinder secure?

Yes. The entirety of DevFinder is secured via HTTPS - every single page. And your connection is always encrypted and authenticated with SSL.

How do you ensure that my credit card information is safe, secure and remains private?

We do not store your credit card number because we use Stripe - and it's certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1.

I have some suggestions for DevFinder.
Great — we'd love to hear from you! There's a feedback form that's always available from your Account Home page.