Before hiring a web designer first of all you should check his/her past portfolio. From how many years they are working and how much knowledge they have. Have they worked on any project similar to yours? Will be they able to complete your job on time and on budget? And with this concern you can check the web developer's portfolio and select one of their designers if you found them suitable for your requirements.
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Hiring a web designer is an important decision. Having a website which looks great and supports the SEO campaigns well is essential towards building a successful lead system online.
Although most of the answers by other already are sufficient, I wanted to highlight a few which are more important...- Passion to work with you closely and understand what youre trying to achieve
- past work portfolio
- reviews/testimonials from past customer
- After Sale Support - are they available if your website has issues after it goes live?
- do they understand SEO and ranking factors?
Hope this helps.
Anyone can build a website these days.
But, people do judge a business by it’s website. It is important to find the right company, so I’ve prepared some questions for you to interview your web designer or developer.
1) Is Web Hosting and Domain Registration website-questionOffered?
Most web design companies offer hosting, but don’t make assumptions. It is convenient to have one company handle the design, development, domain registration and hosting.
2) Does your Company use Templates or Custom Design?
Web designers often use templates. There many attractive website templates available, and they can be a cost effective option. If you prefer a customized look, see if the design company offers custom design.
A custom designed/developed site will cost more, but it will be designed specifically for your business. This is a more flexible solution designed around your business needs.
3) How much will a website cost?
There are generally 4 costs to be aware of.
a) Domain registration
b) Web hosting
c) Design and Development
d) Ongoing marketing.
Be sure to clarify each cost, and note them in your budgeting.
4) Are your websites mobile friendly?
Many businesses are receive over 30% of their traffic from mobile phones. Ask the the web site designer for some sites that you can check out on your phone. Then check them! What do you think?
5) What kind of tech support do you offer?
You need to know who to talk to if you need help. Some companies don’t offer phone support. If want to be able make a call, make sure you can.
6) Who maintains the site?
I’m big on training my clients on how to maintain their own websites. We also offer website maintenance to make sure the clients sites continually to improve. Be sure to select a web site design company offers the options that work best for your business.
7) What website marketing services do you offer?
A great website isn’t so great if no one every sees it. Find out if your web site design company also offers, eMail marketing, social media, search engine marketing, graphic design and other marketing services.
8) Can I see some of your work?
Don’t just look at pictures of their work. Click around on at least 3 of their clients websites.
9) How can you help my business grow?
As important as the technical and design aspects of the website are, it is just as important to work with a company that knows and understands marketing.
Choose wisely, I hope that these questions help you make an informed decision for your business website.
Call me... I will take the guess work out of the design, programming and hosting of the site and build you a site that is CMS based so you can easily edit he site content after I am done including editing, adding removing, etc.
You can consider following points which can help you to hire a good web designer:
1. Work Experience
2. Designer’s Portfolio
3. Technical knowledge with existing & latest technologies
4. Understanding of Your Requirement
5. Reach him/her (by phone, email, messenger)
6. Timely Delivery
7. Communication Skills
I hope above points help you to hire good web designer.
Hi there Rob, I suggest you to be observant first. Why not take a look of their portfolios? Though there are a lot of things to consider, professionalism must also appear.
I know this question is about a month old now, and a couple of people below had touched upon this slightly, but I wanted to add my advice to make sure you understand the scope of the project you're looking for and that the person you hire explains what is required, and how these things fit within their skill set. The reason for this is that for a simple web site that is static, informational only, etc - a "web designer" can do just fine. They should have the skills necessary to create an appealing design and implement it using the correct technologies. For a more advanced project, which might require a database, or even just a submission form, you need to make sure that the person you are hiring has the necessary expertise as a programmer as well as a designer to ensure that things are done with performance and security in mind as well.
As a company we have taken on more projects than I care to think about for clients that began with a "web designer" who bit off more than they could chew and just couldn't deliver, or delivered a result that wasn't what was originally agreed upon. Beyond the money aspect of it (assuming you get your money back if someone can't deliver), this leads to frustration and potentially costly set backs as well.
Just my 2 cents based on what we experience with our clients! Best of luck with everything!
Rob, everything that has been posted is good so far. But be sure to be able to interview them, if not in person at least by phone.
Before giving out your real project, test them with smaller projects. This testing period will help you evaluate:
- design quality
and any qualities that you want to see in a designer.
Hope this was helpful.
Like mentioned, you have many things to consider. But the easiest I think is to ask for a portfolio of previous designs, and then contact the clients and ask their opinions.
In my experience I find customers are most concerned with the availability of their provider. If you need a change make to your site it is important that it is done quickly. Many folks find the low cost provider and ultimately pay the price by sacrificing support.
Another key point to keep in mind is the long term plan of your website. If it is going to be somewhat static than you can be concerned with the development costs. If you are going to require even quarterly changes it is important to know what the ongoing maintenance charges will be. There are many hidden fees that are not taken into consideration and this is a common one.
I am available if you have additional questions.