Be on your guard when choosing a web designer — there are many people out there who claim to be qualified web designer but have no real experience. They can use web builder software provided by hosting company for free. Yes they can create website using those software but when ask them to customize as per your requirement then get stuck and give you only half finished project. Obviously you should ask them to send you some examples of their previous work. You should also ask if the designer is able to do the following:
- Can they Create meta-tags and optimize for search engines.
- Create forms and further interactive content.
- Can they create custom website from scratch.
- Can they work with fixed price for the project?
- How comfortable are you with writing HTML
- Ask them to show their portfolio.
Prepare Your Website Plan
After researching your target audience you should have a list of features that your viewers expect. Always treat your website like a business. Website also can be for fun but always manage it as a business. Make a priority list of these features. Your budget may not be large as much as necessary to include everything at first go but with a complete list of features you can ask web designer an idea of what the total plan is. Having a website plan will also help in the process of choosing a web designer. You should determine first if you are comfortable working long distance or you rather want to meet web designer in person on occasion. Search the internet to find a few website design firms to consider, there are lots to choose from!
This should be purely about you, your website and your business. Next step is to choose domain name. If you want to be found in major search engines then you should choose domain name with top keywords in it.
If you are searching the internet for a website designer then you need few things to keep in mind as you look at their website and their portfolio.
- User friendly designs
- Check if all their samples look the same?
- See if sample websites are quick to load?
- Check sample websites in different browsers.