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How to Select Your Web Designer

Mar 3, 2011
DotcomWeavers

It seems like a complicated process, as there are plenty of web designers available to you both locally and far flung. How do you go about finding the one that has the resources, skills and previous experience to handle your businesses website? Below, I show you how easy it can be.

The first step is deciding what type of website you need.

The first and most important step is to know what kind of website you are looking to have made. Some owners are in need of a brochure website to attract attention and leads for new business. In most cases, owners need an e-commerce website developed for them. Do you plan to buy the e-commerce software or would you prefer to work with oscommerce software?

Either way, look-up the most popular and reliable software for each and find out which web designers offer support for them. Knowing what services you need will narrow the selection of web designers to the ones that can actually help you.

Inspect the web designers you are interested in working with.

So you’ve narrowed down the choice a bit. The next factor is checking out their website. Get on there and surf around, see if you like their design, navigation and other features. If you don’t like what they’ve done for themselves, you probably will not like what they do for you. Take the time to look through their website and make a special note to visit sections that pertain to the services that interest you.

If there is a choice, go local.

Instead of a giant list of potential web designers, yours should be down to just a few. The decision is getting much tougher now. Each of the professionals still on your list are probably well equipped to meet the needs of your web project. Clearly, their websites impressed you, but not all of them are close. If it’s a toss-up, I’d choose the ones that are closest to your businesses location.

While any great team of web designers can work with you from anywhere on the planet that has an Internet connection, there is a certain peace of mind that accompanies partnering with local business. If you ever have a problem, you know where to find them.

Get more than one quote for your project.

Finally, you are down to a choice between 2 or 3 at the most.  This is exactly where you want to be in your process for selecting a web designer. Once you narrow it down to this point, start contacting them for free evaluations of how much your project will cost. Any team of web design professionals worth their salt will give you a free rundown of the costs and services you can expect for your website’s creation. From here, you are free to worry about which one is going to save you the most money.

Great web designers are hard to find, but once you find them it is well worth the search. Try not to get too locked in or focused on price, as any good investment is worth the money you lay down on it. Whether it’s an overhaul or an entirely new website, following the above method will help you select the web design team that is right for your business.

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