Years back, you could easily pick a web designer simply because there were few in number. But web designers are now as common as websites , and hiring the right one has also turned way more challenging.
If you’re in search of someone to construct you a good website, below are tips that can guide you:
Visit their website.
Do you like 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.
Your designer’s website will give you a picture of their art and skills. When you look at their portfolio, you get a feel of their versatility. Go with a designer that can make you a unique website, instead of just another version or spin-off of their previous projects.
Assess their salesperson’s knowledge.
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.
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 tell you their expertise, the project cost, the timeline involved – all these must add up. In other words, listen to your gut.
Know the team that will work on your website.
Salespeople can be nice, but it’s the programmers who actually build websites, so 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. As soon as the job is complete, make sure you become the owner of the website, as well as the code itself. Otherwise, look for another web designer. There are lots of good ones out there.
In the web design industry, the old adage that you get what you pay for, definitely applies. 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.