So, you’re in the market for a new website? There are many web design agencies out there, and it can be hard to filter out the good ones from the bad ones. Finding a web designer that is trustworthy, reliable, and knowledgeable is a long process, and it can be daunting for any entrepreneur. To help you find the right web designer, we’ve compiled a list of 7 things you should look for while trying to find a web designer or web design agency.
Before signing a contract with a web design company, you should always be sure of ownership. Unfortunately, some companies will try to retain complete ownership over your website, including monthly fees. When going over a proposal with the web design company you choose, ask who will retain full ownership.
What’s Included with Price
Each reputable company should revise a proposal explaining exactly how they can best suit your needs and what they can do to promote and enhance your business on the web. After all, you are paying them for an online presence and, as such, can explain what the process will be. In-person proposals are always best; this way, you can get a feel for the type of person and/or company you will be working with.
Reasonable web design companies will not have any problem showing you a tutorial and/or how to fix small things on your site. We encourage our clients to try editing their sites on their own. This will save you the costs of edits in the future.
Ever have an eerie feeling that your website looks very similar to other websites? Unfortunately, some web design companies use generic pre-made layouts. If you intend to shell out the money for a website, you should expect a custom website as such. When researching a web design company, please take a look at their portfolio to see their creativity. Do you like their style? Are many of their layouts similar or dull? Or did you get the wow factor? These are questions you should consider when looking into a web design company. Most importantly, their website should stand out to you. Their website will be their first impression to customers. If their website isn’t giving you the wow factor or isn’t user-friendly, then it’s safe to say your website most likely won’t be any better.
CMR VS Generic
One of the many questions web design companies are asked is the difference between YOU and a user-friendly DYI web host such as Wix.com or GoDaddy.com. Although these sites are straightforward to use, there’s more than meets the eye. For example, most web design companies use CRM with theme platforms they work on. Some of those techniques acquire knowledge of programs such as coding, hosting, search engine optimization, load speeds, and much more. The CMR program offers a lot more than a DIY web host ever could. That doesn’t mean one couldn’t use a DIY web host. Web hosts work best for companies who need some presence to prove their existence. For example, a local daycare may use a DIY website to establish they are a legit business. She doesn’t need e-commerce; she doesn’t have products being promoted or needs to be number one on Google’s top searches. However, if your only presence is solely online, selling products, or food service, it is essential to implement the necessary steps mentioned earlier to supersede your presence on search engines. You won’t achieve this through DIY web hosts.
Always ask questions. Web design companies can sometimes outsource work, not have a full team, or don’t have your best interest in mind. Questions you should ask are, how can you make my business grow? How does search optimization work? Do you work with a team? Any well-developed web design team can easily answer any questions you may have. Ask to come into the office and also an in-person proposal. This way, you can get a feel about how the company operates.
You should always interview the company you are interested in working with. This relationship you develop will be important because you will be working with each other for several months. Pay close attention to their demeanor. Are they professional? Can they answer your questions with ease? How is their response time? A good way to get good intel on a company is to also look at their reviews. Are customers satisfied and/or happy with their outcome? If so, this will give you an inside look at how they build rapport with their clients. Do your research and obtain several estimates before closing the deal.