With the influx in people and companies posing as web designers, choosing a web design company can be a challenging affair. This is especially if you are not an internet guru. Unfortunately, many people realize they hired the wrong person after harm is done. To avoid this, you need to do some research. The team at PDX Web Design gave us some 5 tips to follow to avoid frustration with the web designer you choose.
Have an approximate cost in mind
The cost of a web design varies with content, number of pages and any extra services required. Before approaching different designers, find out the approximate cost of your type of site. This will enable you shortlist web design companies that will offer you value for money and not exploit you.
According to Mark, a double bass player of Observe Effect Band and a freelance designer, the prices of websites mainly range from free to $35,000. Some site even cost more. If you only need a website for freelance blogging, you may opt for a free website and only pay for hosting. If the website is for business marketing however, it is advisable to purchase your website. Extra services like page customization and customer support might mean parting with extra cash.
Ensure that the cost is aligned to the services offered so that you do not over spend.
A professional in everything website related
It is expensive and time consuming hiring a hosting or web maintenance company that is different from the design agency. For your convenience, hire a design company that also offers extra services relating to your website. These services include domain name registration, hosting, graphic design, copywriting, support and most importantly managing your online marketing and presence. Choosing a web designer is like choosing a long-term partner; you want one that will help you create a brand name for your business venture.
Reliability and accountability
When shortlisting potential web design agencies, rate their reliability. If, from the onset, a designer is easy to communicate with and addresses your concerns promptly and thoroughly, shortlist him or her. Be wary of designers that give you a quotation but can’t convince you that they are the right person for the job.
Search for a website designer as you would when selecting any other employee. After all, the money you are going to invest in creating an online presence could as well be invested in any other marketing approach.
Competence and qualifications
There is a myth that that talented start up designers love working as freelancers. While there is no enough evidence to call this a bluff, any really talented person will join a company to gain experience. Though we don’t always push people into choosing big names, ensure the web design agency has good customer numbers. Their history of good performance will be shown by their rate of customer retainers. Consequently, this proves that the designers know the ropes.
Visit social media sites, read blogs and join forums to see feedback that was given by current or previous clients. Also, check samples of the work the designer has been involved with in the past. Study the quality and functionality of their websites.
Follow the five tips above when looking for a web design agency or freelancer.