A Complete Guide To Hiring A Web Design Company

On the other side of this, you have the web design companies who dont charge much, and would be considered cheap, and then you have the in-between, the ones that charge somewhere in the middle, not too much and not too little. Most of these cheap design companies are not what you need if you are looking at having a professional website created and should only be considered if you are really on a very low budget and its your first foot into an online business. Things to look out for when choosing a design company: Does this companys website look clean, professional? An indication of what you should expect Does this company abide by standards compliant methods such as W3? Does this company specialise in what you need, shopping carts, travel sites, personal sites etc. Does this companys own website load fast? This is a great indication of how they code and the hosting they use / provide A good web designer / developer is someone who is not afraid of telling you what is good and what is bad for your website, if when you contact your chosen website design company and they dont dispute anything that you have asked for or dont offer constructive and helpful advice on what would be better, more suited to your business and they dont discuss with you the pros and cons of this, then chances are they are just another design company who is after dishing websites out one after the other with absolutely no concern what so ever of them wanting to push your business forward, driving it out to your customers and creating your business identity. The pitfalls of using the wrong web design company Getting the right design is just one part of the puzzle, just because it looks great that doesnt mean the site will work to its full potential or even work at all. There is so much more to web design and development than meets the eye. In order for a website to be successful it needs to be: Designed correctly, promoting your companys image and identity Coded properly using CSS and standards compliancy (W3 Standards) Promoted properly through a steady speed and increase of visibility to search engines and related websites Easy to use for your customers to browse Loads fast, is hosted on a high speed backbone. The content must be relevant to the page its on, and must be easy to read. If your selling products, sell in context to the page its contained within Dont overwhelm your visitors with banners, advisements etc Dont use pop-ups or add additional scroll bars to the page Ensure its designed without any frames, and the layout is done through CSS and not tables Ensure the only code your designer uses for layout/content is CSS, and your designer has an understanding of standards, and why tabular data such as pricing is for tables, and all other data is coded through CSS Most of the above things you will most likely not understand, but dont worry, just asking these questions is the biggest step towards getting the right website created for you, picking the right company, forming a relationship with your designer to meet your business needs and not asking these questions is the biggest pitiful that most businesses make. Ask Questions