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With the influx of people and companies posing as web designers, choosing a web design company can be a challenging affair…especially if you are not an internet guru. Unfortunately, many people realize they gave the job to the wrong person after harm is done. Here are 4 tips to follow to avoid frustration with the web designer you choose.
1. Have an approximate cost in mind
The cost of a web design varies with content, number of pages and extra services required. Before approaching different designers, research on the approximate cost of your type of site. This will help you shortlist design companies that will offer you value for money and not exploit you.
The price of a website ranges from free to $35,000. If you only need a website for freelance blogging, you may opt for a free website and only pay for hosting. If the website is for business , for example a Dallas heating and air conditioning company, it is advisable to pay for it. Extra services like page customization and customer support might mean parting with extra cash. Ensure that the cost is aligned to the services offered. You do not want to end up overspending.
2. A professional in everything website-related
It is expensive and time-consuming hiring a hosting or web maintenance company that is different from the design agency. For your convenience, hire a design company that also offers extra services relate website. These services include domain name, hosting, graphic design, copywriting, support and most importantly, managing your online marketing and presence. Choosing a web designer is like choosing a long-term partner; you want one that will help you create a brand name for your business venture.
3. Reliability and accountability
When shortlisting your potential web design agency, rate their reliability. If the designer is easy to communicate with and addresses your concerns promptly and thoroughly, then go ahead and shortlist them. Be wary of designers that give you a quotation but can’t convince you that they are the right person for the job. Undertake your search for a web site designer as you would when selecting any other employee. After all, the money you are going to invest in creating an online presence could as well be invested in any other marketing approach.
4. Competence and qualifications
There is a myth alluding that talented startup designers love working as freelancers. While there is no enough evidence to call this a bluff, any really talented person will join a company to gain experience. Though I don’t always push people into choosing big names, ensure the web design agency has good customers under its belt. Their history of good performance will be shown by the number of customers they have. Consequently, this proves that the designer agencies know the ropes in the business. I always insist that one should visit social media sites, read blogs and join forums to study feedback that was given by current or previous clients. Finally, the most important thing is to see samples of the work of the designer. Study the quality and functionality of their designs.
Following the tips in this article diligently will help you avoid getting frustrated with your website designer.