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Getting the Right Web Designer

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Your website is your business’s face on the internet, establishing who you are and what you do. When it comes to choosing someone to design or redesign your website, you want to find the right person first time. There are lots of talented web designers out there so how do you know which one is right for your project?

Doing the research

The first step to finding the right web designer is to do some research on the internet. Look at their website and find examples of their work. The key is to find someone who makes websites that you like – if you feel they have the right kind of style or approach for your business then this is the first tick on your sheet.

If you have an idea what you want from your website, then talking to the designer about these ideas might be the next step. Ultimately, you want someone to understand the vision you have for your website. Or if you don’t quite know what you want, then talk to designers and see what ideas they might have. Look for someone whose idea appeals to you and you will feel proud to have your business name applied to it.

Features

As well as the look of the website, which is important, the features it includes are also as important. Depending on what your business does, areas such as an online shop may be crucial. Look at the websites the company have made to see how well their shop works then ask a few questions. Can be integrate payment systems such as PayPal to allow customers to pay you easily? Can customers create an account to save their details?

Another big feature for many business sites is the blog. This is a great way to increase the company’s presence online and having it integrated with the website is important. This allows the business to increase traffic to those searching for items in their blog content as well as what the company’s main product or service.

Choosing the package

Once you start talking to designers and find a few who seem to have the right concepts for your project, then deciding which one to opt for will likely come down to the package they offer. Remember, cheapest isn’t always best so you will need to compare the packages thoroughly.

One thing to look for is if you will have access to the content management system (CMS) of the website. This will allow you alter the website once it has been built so should you need to update information, add new product images or anything else, you won’t have to pay someone to do it for you.

Look at how long the project is going to take. Average website designers finish a project in two to three weeks if the content is provided beforehand. If the designer says it will take two months, then perhaps you should re-consider. Also check where the company is based as if they are outside the UK, you could face communication problems with time differences and other similar issues.