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.
When searching for a good designer to build you a website, consider these tips:
Check their website.
How do you find the designer’s website? A nice-looking website is not automatically a good one, but appearance sure counts, especially in terms of making a good first impression. Though it’s impossible to please everyone, your website’s aesthetics should at least boost your confidence in your web presence.
Explore their portfolio.
Your designer’s website will give you a picture of their art and skills. Looking at their portfolio lets you in on their versatility. Choose a designer that can build you a unique website, instead of something that looks like another spin-of of their first completed project.
Appraise the knowledge of their sales representative.
While a web design company’s salesperson need not be a designer himself, he should be articulate enough to explain their services, as well as the solutions that can resolve your issues. If you’re not too techy yourself, loop in your IT department for help.
Look through their story.
It’s not that web designers like to deceive their potential clients, but if you’re talking about your needs and how they can meet those, you just need to ask yourself, “Do I think they’re being honest and fair?” Whatever they talk to you about, whether it’s the project cost, the timeline, their expertise, etc., remember that everything should add up in the end. In other words, listen to your gut.
Know the team.
Salespeople can be nice and fun, but it’s the programmers who are doing all the work, so you need to learn more about them. And what you need to know about them first is whether they’re full-time on the job or part-time. They have to be available whenever you need them.
Ask who will be the owner of the code.
This is big. When the project is done, you need to be the owner of the website, as well as the code behind it. Otherwise, find yourself another prospective designer. There are lots of good ones out there.
In this business, the saying that you get what you pay for couldn’t be truer. While there is no silver bullet that can guarantee you will find a great web designer, the tips above will help put you in the right direction. In any case, consider at least two companies or three, and compare their services, rates and reputation before making your final choice.