If you want a professionally built website that can deliver all the capabilities you require, it’s probably best to get a custom built website from a proficient web designer. But in a market where every web designer is allegedly the best, how do you find the best one for your needs and avoid picking the wrong one? Well, the guide provided below is a good place to start.
- Ask to view websites that the designer has already created and launched. Seeing an already finished work of the designer will provide you an accurate amount of information concerning the style and competence of the designer. Such samples will also inform you about whether you’d like the designer do something similar for you or if you would like to seek a better option.
- The right web designer should take the initiative by asking you pertinent questions about your brand and your vision for your website. A designer that shows interest in such details is clearly willing to create a website that is most in line with your vision and matches the needs of your business. A website designer who invests little time in trying to get an idea of your business is probably not a good idea.
- Request the designer to inform you about the process he/she will go through to build your website from planning it and executing the different design phases. If a website designer cannot confidently provide you a clear answer to this request, you are likely dealing with a novice
- Ask the designer about what he/she knows about search engine optimisation and internet marketing, and how your website will be designed to get you the best of both. A professional should be able to provide answers on the ways your website will be tailored for search engine optimisation and capable of satisfying your larger marketing and business goals.
- Discuss the cost of the website designer’s services. If it’s too expensive and beyond your budget, you might as well try your luck elsewhere or try negotiating.
- Read reviews and testimonials from clients the web designer as served in the past. And if possible, try to talk to some of the designer’s current clients. This will provide you a clear idea of the quality and consistency of the designer’s services. Also, past clients or reviews will inform you of any character flaws (such as inability to keep to deadline) that you should look out for.
- Confirm if the web designer will be responsible for maintaining your website after its launch. Keep in mind that not all designers offer this service and you can easily get it elsewhere.
- Clarify with the designer that you will own all copyright to the website, as well as own the domain name regardless if the website designer registered it.
The final thing to verify is the timeframe you would like your project finished. Once you and the designer can agree on this and you are satisfied with all the aforementioned, all that’s left is to get to work. But be sure not limit yourself to one option and shop around till you’ve exhausted all possible options.