How To Select Website Designer – Web Design Toronto

Here are some tips on how to hire a right website designer for your website.

  1. – Pay attention to how much they ask you about your business. Website Designer should know you and your business. If they have good knowledge about you, your brand and your business they can design a good website for your business. You need to see how much time Website Designer spends knowing about your business.
  2. – Look at other websites they have designed to see if you like their style. Do all of their websites look the same or they are flexible in their designs.
  3. – Question them if they did the actual graphic and layout design of the site, or if they just did the programming.
  4. – Ask if they do the graphic work themselves or do they recommend a graphic artist?
  5. – Try to know if they have a structured, systematic planning process that leads you through the design phase, and ask if you will be able to see how your new website is progressing under construction, so you can easily recommend changes before it is complete.
  6. – Ask them what they know about internet marketing, search engine optimization, local listing, press releases etc. Be sure that they are creating a site for you that meets your larger marketing and business goals. A beautiful website is not good for you unless it generates revenue and prospects.
  7. – Ask the designer for their fees and what is the estimated cost for the site you want. They may not be able to give you a good estimate until you discuss content and features of the site. If you add a blog, newsletter, shopping cart, auto responders, email address setup, SEO, membership site, or logo design (or if you have many page on your site), expect the price to be higher.
  8. – Ask them how they bill you. Will they invoice you upfront, or when certain milestones are reached? Do you have to make advance deposits? Most of the website designers will charge at least 50% in advance as it cost them to design a personalized website for your business and they have to pay their technical team.
  9. – Pay attention to whether they will try to stick within your budget, or whether they keep suggesting new add-ons that increases the cost of your site. Remember, designers are not responsible for your budgets – you are.
  10. – Ask them whether they will maintain your site after the initial design, and how much they will charge for that. Some designers want to create new sites but do not want to maintain them. Someone like a virtual assistant (VA) may be able to maintain your site for a lower hourly fee, as long as the VA is skilled in website programming. Find out what types of programming are used in your site, so you can find someone to help you update it.
  11. – If you are going to maintain the site yourself, ask them if they will design your site so that it is easily maintained by a business owner. You can have your site designed on a blog/CMS platform, like WordPress, which will allow you to edit the text and some of the graphics. It is always better to find a web designer who will help you – maintain your website with minimal cost.
  12. – Make sure that your contract states that you own the copyright to the entire website (except, of course, for stock photos and graphic…the original photographer/artist owns the copyright to stock images). All content, including graphics that you hired someone to custom-create for you, and all the coding work, should be owned by you.
  13. – You must own your domain name, even if the website designer registered it for you. If you do not own the domain name than it is not your website.
  14. – Ask your designer for original, editable source files. You need to be assured that you will be able to edit your website (or have another designer edit your website) with ease.
  15. – You have got to enjoy talking and working with them. Do you LIKE the designer? Do you believe they will act ethically? Do you enjoy speaking with them? Do they stay focused to the task at hand, or do they ramble and waste your time? Do you feel you “click” with their personality and values? Do they offer you invaluable insight and advice about your site design?
  16. – Tell each prospective website designer what your deadline is and ask if they can meet it. Many good website designers are already booked for the next 4-6 weeks, so you may have to wait for the designer of your choice. If you do not have a specific deadline, brainstorm with the designer to create a good working deadline that you can both meet, especially if you will be doing the job of writing the website text.
  17. – Your website is crucial to the success of your business. By doing extensive interviewing of potential website designers, you’re more likely to pick one that can do the work you want, is willing to really listen to you, can create a site that reflects you and your business, and keeps within your budget and time frame.

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