Professional Web Designers
If You’re Serious about your Website – Consider Professional Web Designers for Hire
It’s one thing to start up a personal website just for the fun of it, but it’s an entirely different venture to set up a company website. If you need customer log-in capabilities, a large online database with shopping cart capabilities and other functions, you’ll likely need professional web designers to do the job.
*Side Note: For more simplistic site designs, consider learning design on your own to potentially save thousands of dollars in design costs!
Now that you’ve decided you do need the assistance of a skilled webmaster, where can you find one? How can you sift through the hype and find a designer that really cares for your business needs? Here are a few tips to help you separate the “men from the boys” in web development.
Read Reviews Online
Find web designer review websites (unbiased) that offer ratings based on various factors, such as site functionality, presentation, coding errors, SEO potential, etc. These sites review the finished products (completed websites) of various designers to let you know what to expect. They might also compare pricing among the designers as well as the average time of completion for various types of projects.
Interview Several web design Firms
Don’t speak with only one designer. Contact several that seem to be professional web designers and ask plenty of questions. Here are some things you’ll need to know from each company:
– Do you charge by the project or by the hour?
– Do you provide updates? (ask about fees, how often it can be updated, etc.)
– Please give me several URLs of sites you’ve completed in recent years.
– What are your strengths as a designer (databases, overall look and feel, programming functions, etc.)?
– Can you provide an estimated completion time for the initial design?
– Do you offer promotional assistance for new sites?
– Do you provide sales copy writing with the design?
Asking these questions will help you determine two things about a designer. One, how friendly and eager he/she is to help you as a potential new client. Two, what the designer has to offer within your budget.
Don’t assume the designer is being honest and up front with you; contact the references provided to confirm that the clients are happy with their website and their overall experience working with a particular designer. While every designer can get into a bad situation with a client occasionally, they should have plenty of satisfied clients that you can contact to ask about the service.
Discuss Your Needs
Once you narrow your search to two or three possible designers, outline your web design needs to each and see what they can offer. You’ll get quotes from each and be able to determine which designer can meet your needs while still remaining within your budget and time frame.
Use these tips to find professional web designers for your project. It might seem like a lot of work at first, but the end results (a great website) will make it well worth the effort!
If you feel your site will only need a simple design, check out beginners web courses to see what’s available. You might be able to create a site of your own without having to hire a designer. You can understand more about what it takes to DIY web design in our free website designing tips newsletter. Either way you choose to build your site, It really depends on your needs and how soon you need to get your site up and running.