04 Aug How to Find a Good Web Design Company – or Web Designer
There are so many web design companies that it can be difficult to find one that you feel confident in. Here are seven steps to take to find a good web design company.
One of the best ways to find a quality web design company is to ask around. Do you know anyone that recently created a web site or other business owners that might have gone through this process recently? Ask them about their experience and if they would recommend the web designer that created their site.
Evaluate the Company
Once you’ve found several possibilities, evaluate the company. Take a close look at their website. Is it logical and comprehensive? Does it look professional? Can you find information that you’re looking for? How does it look on mobile devices? Also examine their portfolio of other websites they’ve completed. Do they look like websites that reflect a style and size you are looking for? Before you move on, jot down their contact information and company location. You want to make sure they are located in the same country as you (if possible) and they have a posted email address and phone number.
Evaluate their Communication
The next step is to communicate with them. Measuring email response time is usually a good test. How long does it take them to reply? Are they helpful? Can they answer your questions? If it takes them more than 24 hours to respond to you during weekdays, then that may be a sign to keep looking. You want to have a responsive design company. Do they answer your phone call or call-back within a reasonable amount of time?
Expect a Comprehensive Proposal
Once you’ve established communication, ask the web design company for a written proposal. It should be detailed and include specifics such as cost, terms, timeline for completion and require a signature. Don’t be surprised if they require a deposit upon contract signing–this is a common practice in the industry.
Email a Current Client
If the terms of the contact seem reasonable, ask if you can contact a current client. This will hopefully boost your confidence and give you access to an outside opinion. Make sure you thank them for taking the time to answer your questions.
Examine your Choices
Receive proposals from multiple companies and then compare your choices. Remember, lowest price doesn’t always translate to the best choice. Look through the terms of each contract and re-examine your confidence in each company.
Ensure you have the Ability to make Changes
Make sure when your new web site is all up and running and the web design company is done, that you will have an easy way to update your web site. Don’t be forced to learn HTML and the ins and outs of the web in order to keep your site effective. Talk about this before signing on the dotted line.