So, you’ve finally decided that you need a website for your business? Well, here are things that you should think about when trying to find the right web designer to do the job.
- Look at the web design company’s own website.
This is always a good indication of the proficiency level of a company that offers graphic design services of any kind, especially web design. First of all, look at the website as a whole and surf through it to understand how easy and clear it is for the users. Then you can locate any areas that contain small details, like graphic images. Quite often, it’s those small details that make a difference between a good website and a mediocre one.
Pay attention to added effects. It could be gradient effects, parallax scrolling and color fading. And no matter if you don’t want those design elements on your own website – it gives you information about the designers and their eye for detail and quality.
- Know what you want.
Even if you don’t know the technical aspects or terms of web design, you should have a fairly good idea of what you want the end result to look like. If you leave vital parts of your website design and functionality completely to the web designer, you are likely to pay more than you’d have to. If you don’t know what kind of features you could ask for, look around online at some successful websites. For example, if you’re going to sell products, you could try and look at ebay.com or amazon.com for some design ideas. If it works great for them, it most likely will work for you.
- Ask if a detailed quote is available.
Just as with other areas of business where you have little or no idea how things are done or how long they take, it is important to get a breakdown of services that you are paying for. Are they only giving you a total price for the web services you have been discussing over the phone or email? If so, they are not giving you information that you can use to compare other web design companies with. Also, you should ask what their hourly rate is, which can help you figure out from the total cost how long it is going to take to design your website.
- What level of support is available during and after building your website?
It is very important to know how many changes you can make to your website while it is being built and shortly after that are not going to cost you extra money. Is the web designer giving you an option to view the work in progress? How about if you change your mind on a design aspect after the website is ready? These things need to be part of your contract with the web designer before you agree to have work done.