Tips For Choosing A Web Design Company

For many business owners launching a new website is one of the most difficult things. There are a lot of important points to consider when choosing a web design company. We have listed a few tips to help you on your journey.

  1. Listen to your ideas and bring up their own ideas.
    You are an expert in your industry, and you have some idea of how you want to present your business/product to clients. While it is important for your web developer to listen to you, your developer must be able to bring expert knowledge of their field, to match the expert knowledge of yours.
  2. Projects with similar goals.
    Have they worked on projects with similar goals? If you need an e-commerce site but your developer has not worked on a lot of these projects, the site will take twice as long to create because of the research and planning that will be required.
  3. How long does a web development project take to complete?
    If you have a deadline for your website’s completion, you should work with someone who can complete your project within that time frame. Ensure their schedule and availability aligns with yours to get the most of your budget.
  4. Provided services.
    Make a list of the services you would like included in your agreement and go through each one with your web developer. The team needs to use proven methods and data to create improve your site and increase conversions.
  5. SEO strategy.
    How will your developer utilize search engine optimization so that your website ranks in search engines? How will they increase its visibility? The main point of your website is for it to act as a hub for visitors to explore, gain interest and convert customers.
  6. Make your own edits.
    Websites need changes as time goes on. You need to outline the editing process. Find out what tools or software they will give you to make edits on your own. It is up to you to decide how much editing access you want to your site once the developer’s job is done.
  7. Outsource or in house?
    A web developer or web design agency may offer several different services, but do not have the necessary staff in-house to complete the project. Instead, they outsource this work to a third party. If you are interested in working with a web developer who outsources aspects of their work, research their partners and ask what parts of the project they will handle.
  8. What do you need to provide?
    Before working with a web developer, bring together your company’s branding assets, these assets may include your company logo files, fonts, colours and brand guidelines. When you meet with a web developer or agency, determine which party will deliver the content, photos and graphics for the website.
  9. Amount of design revisions.
    Many web developers and design agencies allow a set number of revisions in the approval process. Before signing an agreement, know how many changes you can make, or if there are any additional costs for further revisions.
  10. How you will be charged.
    Knowing how you will be charged for a developer’s work is important, as fees and additional payments quickly turn a reasonably priced project into an expensive project. If you work with a company that charges by the hour, you will have more flexibility on the end result, but this can result in going over budget. Working with a web developer who charges a fixed price can help you stay on budget and ensure a fast turnaround. Charging by milestone is a good middle ground between hourly and fixed fees as you can be more flexible while keeping an eye on your budget.

Once you find the right web design company that you can trust to achieve your goals, you can focus on what you do best. Any other questions?  Talk to our experts about your growing business today!