The right web designer will build you a business asset not just a website.
Search for a web designer or a web design company.
You have three basic options to find a web designer.
#1 – Find a local web designer.
Do a Google search for a web designer in your local area. For example if you are located in San Diego, CA, search for “San Diego web designer” or “web designer in San Diego“. This is an important step because there is a benefit to working with a local web designer. You might want to meet with your web designer and it is only feasible with a local company.
# 2 – Find a web designer anywhere in the USA.
We have web design clients throughout the USA. Many businesses a fine working with us regardless of which state they are in. Even though, we are located in San Diego, CA, we have clients in many use states, from New York, to Nevada, to Arizona, and the list goes on-and-on.
# 3 – Find the cheapest web designer you can.
Unfortunately, some people only care about costs. If you are one of them you might want to hire someone in India or some other far away place. It is true that you will get a low cost proposal, but are you really doing the right thing for your business?
I think your business benefits from working with a local or at least a USA based web designer. You won’t have to deal with the language barrier. Also, it will be easier to get on the phone to discuss your needs. Even better, you can even meet in person with a local web designer.
Check out their design portfolio.
As you evaluate a potential web designer, check out its design portfolio. When you look at their work you will get a feel for their design capabilities. It doesn’t mean that you have to like every design they create, but if there are several designs that you like, that’s a good start.
Work with a web design company that has been in business for years. Seek out web designers that have been in business for at least 5 years. Working with an experienced company you know that they have worked with many clients. Experience is important because it will help them create the design that will benefit your business.
Are they mobile-friendly?
Today, there are close to 3 billion smartphone users in the world. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 6.1 billion smart phone users globally.
Yes, you can’t wait any longer. You must have a mobile-friendly website. Ask to make sure that the web designer has mobile-friendly or responsive design experience.
Reject pushy sales people.
When you talk to the company see if they listen to your needs. Are they trying to hard sell you on something you don’t need? Are they listening to your needs? Are they asking questions about your business? Or, are they constantly talk about how great they are?
Ask about their web design process.
Before you hire a web designer, ask about the process of designing your new website.
Here are some useful questions to ask:
- How long does it take you to design my website?
- What platform would be the best to build my website?
- Why is that the best platform?
- How long does it take to build the entire website?
- Can you help me write my website content?
- Am I going to be able to edit my own website?
- Can you help me with SEO?
- Would you be available to maintain my website after the project is complete?