When it comes time to build your company website or even update an existing one getting the right designer to bring your vision to life may seem like a daunting task. It really doesn’t have to be, if you know what to look for in a good web design company.
So what sets one designer apart from another? Here are a couple of things to consider in trying to answer that.
Skills to Look For:
View Their Portfolio
A good portfolio does more than show you past work it also gives you some insight into the diversity of sites they have built and their approach. Look at more than the company site, look at client sites. Make sure to look at a live site they have built, it has to do more than look pretty, you want to make sure that the site functions. Do the sites they build look modern, are they using a CMS and most importantly do they have the experience to bring your site to life?
Is There a Contract
A contract outlines an agreement between you and the designer; it explains the responsibilities of each party. A contract protects both of you and if your potential hire doesn’t want to include a contract then you need to find a different web design company.
A contract usually includes things like dates of completion, estimated costs along with payment schedules and it can include the legal consequences of breaking the contract for either party. Many designers use a standard contract but it should be modified to suit your specific project.
Are They Available
Good designers are in demand, but they should be able to meet with you and discuss the project in a reasonable amount of time. There should be an initial consultation to discuss implementing your project. Status reports should be given at regular intervals if your project is ongoing and most importantly you should have contact information to get in touch with the design team.
Like any other person you would hire you want to check references. A reputable design team should have no problem with you speaking with past clients. Find out if the project was completed on time and on budget and were they easy to work with. Lastly and most importantly work with someone you are comfortable with, after all you are putting your business in their hands.