In this part of “Working With a Web Development Agency,” Holly Cordner of SEO.com offers some ideas on implementing technical requirements for your project.
It’s okay if you don’t yet know what kind of technical specifications you’ll need for your website, but you should be open with your agency about what you have in mind for the site from the beginning so they can get an accurate idea of what your site needs. Things you should disclose include any extra security requirements or other regulations for your industry and any applications that you need developed that deal with users’ private information (credit card processing, registration, etc.). If you’re developing an e-commerce website, you should also make it clear where and how product and inventory is stored and updated.
You should also consider some practical matters like whether you have your own domain name and where you’re hosting your website. If you need help with these areas, your agency can likely at least provide recommendations.