What You Need to Know before Hiring a Website Designer

Paying too little or paying too much has to be avoided at any cost. Sometimes people try to save money by going for a cheap website but this can prove costly in the long run as you end up with a shoddy website for a low price which brings no results. At the same time do not get fooled by the website designer’s talk on the complexities involved and pay a high price for getting your website made. Shopping around and understanding your options is important, if you are not technically minded then find someone that talks your language and happy to spend the time going over your options in an easy to understand manner so that you can make the right choices.

Are you happy with the website designer’s samples?

In most cases a website designer will promoted some of the past projects, if not ask for previous samples and review their work. In most cases the examples wont relate directly to your business though it is important that you see a good working history and a good range of examples so that you can feel confident that the website designer has a good working history on building websites for a range of industries. The samples should not reflect merely beautifully designed websites but also evoke the necessary reaction from the viewer. The necessary reaction here is that the viewer should feel the need for the product or service and rush to buy it.

Will your designer be working with a Content Management System?

If your website designer adopts commonly used Content Managed Systems (CMS) like Joomla, WordPress or Magento then it's easier for you to update your website without depending on the designer to make the required changes. Otherwise it can lead to some tense moments when you want certain urgent changes to be made and the website designer is not available.

Are you sure there are no hidden fees involved?

Sometimes designers offer an attractive rate to start with and and later on obtain additional amounts by way of extra fees or up-sells. You should be sure that all of your needs and any on-going fees are included in the contract and if any point is not clear you should ask the website designer to elaborate on any point so that there is no confusion.

Are there any contracts or money back guarantees?

You should always ask your website designer if they are willing to write up a contract that outlines all points discussed and include this with your quotation. Also ask if the designer includes a money-back guarantee. If you're not happy with the way the project is progressing along, you should have the option of terminating the project and asking for a refund on your deposit. If heading down this path you should think this through as you will want to be sure that you are terminating the contract due to poor performance on the website designers side as you might struggle to see a refund if you have not done your planning or been upfront with your needs to start with. Many website design projects start with a detailed list of features and functions, adding more to the list after the project has been quoted on will only add to the cost of project which is understandable so be clear about your reasons when terminating a contract.

Does your designer have a firm grasp over Social Media and SEO techniques?

There is no point in having a fancy website which is not visited by customers. Hence, it's important to note that your website designer is well versed in use of Social Media and SEO and incorporate both while designing your website.

Final Summary

Finding a good website designer is hard so do your research, make sure that your website designer has a good 5+ years of experience and has a good understanding about your products or services. Be upfront with your objectives, budget and future goals and keep in mind that the website designer is in business to earn a living so holding back on certain aspects of the project will only tarnish your relationship. Be upfront and use communication as the key to a successful relationship.

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7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Website Designer

You want to have a roaring online business and you feel that designing a great website will get you the required results! But, you should remember that a good website design is pretty subjective and getting good results all depends on the numbers. Numbers in this context refer to the volume of traffic generated and it's conversion into sales. So, in this context it is critical to hire a result-oriented website designer who will get you the required numbers. Asking your website designer the following seven questions to ensure that you are selecting the right one.

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