Years ago, it was easy to choose a web designer because there weren’t many. Now, web designers have become as common as websites, and hiring a good one has also turned a lot harder.
If you’re in search of someone to construct you a good website, below are tips that can guide you:
Look at their website.
How do you find the designer’s website? While appearance is not everything, it does matter, especially when you want to make a good first impression. You can never please everybody, but when you like your site’s aesthetics, you become more confident about your web presence.
Explore their portfolio.
Your designer’s website will give you a picture of their art and skills. When you check out their portfolio, you get a grasp of their versatility. Pick a designer that can build you a unique website, rather than something that looks like another version of their past work.
Observe how knowledgeable their salesperson is.
Though a web design company’s salesperson doesn’t have to be a technical expert, he must at least be knowledgeable enough to explain their services, and how your problems can be addressed. You can always loop in one of your IT guys if you’re not too tech-knowledgeable yourself.
Read through their story.
It’s not that web design companies like to scam their prospective clients, but if you’re discussing your needs and the solutions they say they can provide, just ask yourself, “Are they being honest and fair to me?” Listen closely to what they tell you about their expertise, your timeline, your budget or anything related to your project, and make sure everything adds up. In other words, listen to your gut.
Know who will be working on your site.
Salespeople can be great, but the ones who are actually doing the work are the programmers, so you should be more interested in them. And the first thing you should know about them is whether they are full-timers or part-timers. They have to be available whenever you need them.
Ask who will own the code.
This is critical. Once the project is done, you have to own not just the website but the code that makes it work. Otherwise, look for another web designer. There are many out there, so you don’t need to worry about options.
The saying, you get what you pay for, is particularly true for the web design business. There is no magic formula for choosing a good web designer, but the tips we have listed here can lead you in the right direction. In any case, consider at least two or three web designers and make comparisons before deciding on one.