What to Look for When you Want your Website Designed
A quick search for a web designer reveal plenty of options, each promising great things for your website and contract. This always makes one wonder where all the bad websites came from with all this talent around. You have to choose a web designer well.
Look at the quality of their portfolio. Great ones show creativity, variety in style and have real websites designed for clients, not just practical work from design school. Their portfolio is enough to let you know if you should proceed with the interview. You can visit their designed websites to see how they behave as an end user. A good portfolio trumps any academic and professional qualification other website designers may have.
The quality of customer service is critical too. They may be the best designers out there, but if they are not responsive to client requests when needed, it shall be futile. Such behavior indicates neglect to your project, which could spell doom if you wanted it made and launched quickly.
Their skills in designing are also important. The kind of website you want produced usually dictates the kinds of skills they need to apply. It is more sensible to hire a web designer for the few but highly accurate skills they possess necessary for your website, then to hire one who promises to do everything there is in website designing. Their portfolio is the best place to gauge this requirement.
Aim to work with a design firm whose timeline is on par with yours. Such a project needs to have a timeline. Website designers starting out usually jump at the chance to impress their clients with short timelines. They do not realize that things might change in the design process. Quoting a longer period allows for all those changes. Too long a timeline also means they have prioritized other things.
Expect full service from them. In their line of work, they need to guarantee that all the key elements of a website have been attended to, such as SEO, e-commerce, branding, multiple device compatibility, and social media integration, among others, properly done and ready to be tested out there in the market. They need to have in their employ the services of all the relevant experts, to ensure they deliver on this promise.
Look at the kind of communication skills they display. A website cannot afford to be displayed with grammatical errors. The language should be easy to understand by various target market segments.
You should get customer references when you ask for them. They will tell you what kind of experience o expect working with the firm.
A very important consideration will be the total cost for their services. This should be in line with your budget. Cheap can turn out to be very expensive in the end. You should get great value in return to what you have spent.