Decades ago, choosing a web design company was easy because there were only a few of them. But web designers are now as common as websites , and hiring the right one has also turned way more challenging.
If you’re looking for someone to build you a website, here are tips to help you out:
Look at 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.
Go over their portfolio.
Looking at your prospective designer’s website gives you clues about their creativity and skills. Looking at their portfolio lets you in on their versatility. Pick a designer that can build you a unique website, rather than something that looks like another version of their past work.
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. You can always loop in one of your IT guys if you’re not too tech-knowledgeable yourself.
Look through their story.
Not to say that web designers are a deceptive lot, but if you’re talking to someone about your web design needs and they tell you they can meet those, just ask yourself, “Are they being honest and fair, or could they be taking me for a ride?” 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 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 what you need to know about them first is whether they’re full-time on the job or part-time. You have to be sure they will be available when you need something fixed.
Ask who will own the code.
This is crucial. As soon as the job is complete, make sure you become the owner of the website, as well as the code itself. Otherwise, just find another 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. Although there is no such thing as a checklist or hard and fast rules to finding a good web designer, these tips can help steer you on the right path. In any case, consider at least two companies or three, and compare their services, rates and reputation before making your final choice.