Choosing a web design company can be a tough decision, especially when there are so many to choose from. It’s important to find a company that understands your needs and takes you seriously. After all, you’re not just putting a web design project in their hands, you’re entrusting the image of your business to them.
The aim of this guide is to help you to ask the right questions so that you can be confident in your choice and to help you avoid making costly mistakes.
- How much does this cost me and what is included?
- Size of the Company
- Do they have a portfolio?
- Will I be able to mesh well with this company?
- What do I need to provide for my Site?
How much do they charge and what is included?
This seems an obvious thing to ask a potential web design company but you need to make sure you know what is included in your quote to avoid any surprises. Ask the designer to detail exactly what is included IN WRITING.
Some things to consider are:
- Does it include bespoke design?
- Does it include making changes if you don’t like the initial draft?
- Does it include the registration of a domain?
- Will the domain be registered to you?
- Does it include web hosting?
- Does it include ongoing support?
- Does it include search engine optimization?
- If any of these services aren’t included find out how much they are!
Size of the company
Generally speaking, the size of the company provides you with NO indication of the quality of work they can produce. There are a lot of freelance web designers who can produce far superior work to larger web design companies. Don’t let your preconceptions about the size of a company get in the way of the facts.
Do you get on with them?
It’s important to establish a good rapport with your web designer. Not only will you be working closely with them during the design process, but hopefully for some years to come. If you’re instinct tells you that you’re not going to get along perhaps you should look further afield.
What do they need from you?
Any web design project requires some input from the website owner. You know your business better than anyone and should have an idea of the image you want your website to portray. It’s important that you get this information over to your web designer and that they understand it fully.
Here are some questions you could ask:
- Can I show you some websites I like the look of?
- Can you provide text and images or do I need to provide it?
- How long will it take to complete?
Before ordering a new website it’s imperative you ask potential designers how long it would take to get your site live. Does that fit in with your preferred timescale?
Once all of these questions have been answered to your satisfaction, its time to take that next step and begin laying the groundwork for your new website!