Looking for a good web designer among millions providing services online can be overwhelming. It is indeed difficult to distinguish a good one from the thousands of service providers.
Several of them are not aware of the questions to ask the potential designers. Even if they are provided with a question list, they will not know if the answers given are sensible or right. They do not understand the basics of web designing, so they are hiring a reliable web designer. However, this issue can be solved. Get equipped with information about traits to look for. You will certainly find a suitable web designer easily, who fulfills your needs.
It is necessary to understand the role of designer, developer, and implementer.
People hire web designer, when they actually need implementer or developer. Therefore, before going on a hunt, it is vital to determine exactly what kind of skills and services are necessary for the project.
For example, if you desire to open an e-commerce store then you will need extra features like secured SSL payment gateway, inventory management synced with online and physical store, different access level for team members to process orders. Such services will need a designer and a developer to get the task done.
Look through the designer’s portfolio and check the colors, logos, and layouts employed. It is just like shopping for dresses. Some options will grab your attention. If you wish for a very contemporary website then it will not make sense in hiring a designer, whose portfolio reveals 1996 flashbacks.
Many designers and developers work together, so clients pay price for design and development. Freelance web designers provide mockups, which needs to be taken to a developer for coding into an active website. Both the approaches are fine but make sure of the pricing, so you can prepare a budget, accordingly.
Websites are not onetime investment. To make millions online, you need to make certain ongoing expense. Sites need to be kept updated, especially if third party software or plug-in are used. Designer may provide maintenance services or give reference or you can learn to maintain your website.
The designer will offer mockup in Illustrator or Photoshop format. An editable version of logo will be received. In case, any special fonts or images are used then it is vital to have the license to use. Make sure you learn about premium font and image license and usage rule.
A web designer is hired for a defined project. An agreement is made, which does not mean they will give free service for life. Ask about the cost related to changes or revision of layouts in due course. However, the cost given now will change couple of years later.
Based on agreed specifications, the website designer will tell you the time it will take to build your site. Find out what support you will need to provide all through the process. It will make you respond quickly to approvals and adjustments. Even find out what happens in case project takes longer than expected.
Charles Crawford is a high-level entrepreneur and co-founder of Crawford and O’Brien. Charles has been studying internet marketing, web design, and tech start-ups for years, and he has been successful with multiple business ventures such as affiliate marketing (where 98%+ of people never make money).