Know your goals and objectives
Your goal might be to sell one item, provide information, or provide content for your website. Know what you want your website to accomplish, and ask your web designer if this can be done with just web design and content. If not, then ask if you need a new site.
Is the website just a cool place to showcase your business?
A website is a cool place to showcase your business. If you have a business website, then chances are you will need a cool logo, but the design can be built from scratch or sourced from a design portfolio.
Will the website be your live online store?
How will the logo help to increase your business?
The design will help to increase brand awareness, sales, traffic, traffic retention, and customer retention. What will it cost? Prices can be quoted, but try to get an idea of what the designer will charge rather than paying a fixed price.
You will need to provide content for your website, and search engines love fresh content. Ask your web designer if they will provide original content or content that they can add to. How much will this cost?
The design is just one part of the puzzle. Your website is an online business. The design is only the starting point. Ask your designer if they have experience working with ecommerce websites. Are there any legal requirements?
Remember, a website can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. Know what your objectives are, choose the right designer, know your budget, know what your content needs are, and the designer should be able to help you with this. Do not rush into hiring a designer or else you will not be successful.
You will get lots of questions on how to choose a designer, so I have laid it down here in short.
Look at the portfolio of designers, what are the designers capable of? How does their portfolio show their potential? Are their past clients happy with their work? What is the experience of their past clients? Is there any negative feedback from their past clients? Does the designer have a good relationship with their bank? Are they involved with a good legal team? Are there any unresolved legal issues? Does the designer have good communication skills?
A good web designer will have knowledge about search engine optimization, and graphic design, and will know what the goals of the site are. It is important to pick a designer who can build your website for a low cost. Your website is one of the most important aspects of your online business. It must be designed to meet your objectives and to reflect your business. Does the designer have experience with your industry and business? Is the designer willing to build a custom website for you? Are there any ongoing maintenance issues? Is the designer willing to build a search engine optimized site? Does the designer have any experience with social media?
Look for a good web designer to work with you. Your website is the one marketing tool that you will use to promote your business and to attract new customers. Your website must look professional to be effective, and as the owner of the business, it is your responsibility to ensure that it is effective. The overall appearance of the site must be attractive to visitors and also effective in capturing and driving leads. Is the designer willing to help you with updates?
If you’ve done your homework, and selected a designer who is looking to make a healthy living, there’s nothing to be afraid of. The most common mistakes tend to be the ones that the designers make when they first start and aren’t able to meet your expectations or needs.
It’s usually because of a mismatch between the designer’s skill set and the project. The designer can create a beautiful site, but if it’s for a small business that doesn’t have a consistent revenue, it might not be the best choice. It’s really important to take the time to properly vet your designer before you hand over the reins of your business to him or her. This will ensure that you have someone who can effectively manage the project, and can meet your needs and objectives.
It’s also important that the designer is accessible. If you’ve selected a web designer who is far away, make sure that you let them know as soon as possible. It will help greatly if they are in an office with a receptionist or two, in case you need to contact them in the future.
It’s also important that you feel comfortable with the designer. If you’ve selected someone you’re not familiar with, it’s best to stop working with them until you feel more comfortable with them. A little bit of communication will go a long way with any business, so be sure to send along a note whenever you need updates on the site or changes.
The bottom line is, if you choose your designer carefully, you’re not always going to like the result. It’s really important to do your research in advance so that you know exactly what you’re getting into. You’ll end up with a website that is going to get you noticed, make you money, and make you happy. As long as you’ve done your homework, it shouldn’t be a difficult task.