Choosing a web designer is a critical decision. You’re not just putting a project in their hands, you’re entrusting them with a critical part of your business. Below are five things to consider when hiring a web design company.
1. Web Design Portfolio
A web design company’s portfolio speaks volumes about what you can expect should they be entrusted with developing your website. Have a look at their previous work to determine whether their design style speaks to you and what you want to achieve with your website. Make sure that they have a great web design portfolio.
2. How do they price their services?
Pricing will always be tricky. There are certain companies that will charge bargain basement prices for a website but the result will more than likely be a an uninspired, cookie-cutter design that won’t do much to enhance your company’s profile. On the other end of the scale, there are those who over-inflate their prices making it difficult for small businesses to get a decent online presence. In today’s economic climate you should be looking for a web design company that offers real value for your money.
A good idea would be to ask how they arrive at the prices and to provide a breakdown of the cost.
3. Will my website be compatible with smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices?
This is a big one. Today the majority of internet usage takes place on a mobile device so it’s non-negotiable that your website should be compatible with mobile devices.
4. Search Engine Optimization
Having a website is a great idea but what good is it if no-one ever finds your site? Your website should at the bare minimum be built with basic search engine optimization.
5. Will my website be built to expand as my business grows?Your website should be a living document on the internet, being able to grow and change with your business. Your web designer should have a plan in place to make sure your website is future-proof and scalable.