When planning your new web site, it is very important to choose the right web designer for you are your particular needs and requirements. As you may well be aware you only have to search the Internet nowadays to see it is packed full of companies/people offering online web design course and services, so knowing who to employ to undertake your up and coming web site can be very confusing and somewhat daunting. Hopefully with the tips below it will help you make the right choice and avoid any of the potential pitfalls.
- The Price – Yes of course it’s important, especially to the client, therefore to state (as I have seen stated before) that the price should not come into it, will be of very little help to someone who is on a set budget, however it should not be the main factor when it comes to making your decision. The cheapest option isn’t always the wisest, in a lot of cases the old saying you get what you pay for is very true. If you jump in and go with the lowest quote, it could end up costing you more in the long run, due to having to pay another designer to redo it.
- Get To Know The Designer – Not all web designers are the same, it may seem like an obvious statement I know, but it is very true, and something which you should be aware of. What do I mean by that?, well as stated above there are a huge number of companies/people nowadays offering Web Design, therefore it’s very easy for people to jump on the bandwagon, for want of a better term. When choosing a designer, make sure they have experience and always ask to see examples of their past work wherever possible. It’s not unheard of for someone to set up a so called “web design business”, design maybe one site, then realise that they are not cut off for it and then disappear, so just be careful, if you get someone to design your site you want to know that they are going to be there if you need them in the future!
- Be Upfront About Your Budget – This doesn’t mean starting the conversation by informing the designer immediately of exactly how much you have to spend on the project, however be as honest as you possibly can, if you feel that your budget may well not be enough to cover all your needs and requirements, then it’s best to ask the designer upfront, this way it will save you both a lot of time, if it should turn out that your budget is not enough to cover your requirements the designer may even be able to make some suggestions for a different approach which could potentially bring the price down. If this is not possible, remember you don’t have to have anything done in one go, you can always get your site up and running and add to it at a later stage.
- Work Together – Good communication is the key to any successful working relationship, if you know exactly what you require from your web site i. e. look, features, facilities etc, then of course inform the designer of these, they will really appreciate it, however also be willing to listen to their suggestions in return, for example, if you were to initially request a flash intro page and the designer was to inform you that this is not a good idea from a search engine point of view, be prepared to at least listen, this doesn’t mean they are not willing to provide you with what you want, they are just making sure that you have all the facts upfront, enabling you to make an informed decision, which is of course a good thing, at the end of the day you plan to pay them for their services so make the most of the knowledge they have to offer.
- Read The Contract Thoroughly – Any professional designer should always have a contract, this is to be expected, this contract is in place to protect both parties and to enable both parties to fully understand what is expected of them, and what they are agreeing to, therefore always read this properly before you sign and make sure to make a copy. The type of contract and how it is worded can of course vary from one designer to the next, some may be very intense and very formal, whereas others whilst still being formal may be a little more relaxed, however if there is any part of it that you don’t fully understand or are a bit unsure of don’t be afraid to ask