How to Choose a Website Designer
Choosing a good website designer is not always an easy job. If you post an advertisement requesting quotes for website designing, you will be faced with a flood of interest from website designers. It can be difficult to choose a suitable website designer from a large number of applicants.
Here are some of the tips that will help you to choose an appropriate website designer.
Consider the experience of the applicant. How long has the applicant has been in the field of website designing and how many websites have been developed by him/her? An experienced designer is preferable to a novice website designer as they know very well how to design a good website.
See whether they follow the instructions:
Notice whether the potential candidate has followed your instruction while putting forward the quote. Some website designers put forward the same form quotation to all potential clients without paying attention to individual needs. Such candidates should be rejected straight away. It’s a waste of time to deal with candidates who cannot (or will not) follow your instructions.
Look at portfolios:
Have a glance at the portfolio of websites designed by the potential candidates. This will give you some idea of the skills of the designer. Regardless of whether you are designing a website yourself or hiring a pro, this will also give you an understanding of good website design. You can shortlist the candidates whose portfolio is similar to the type of website design you want for yourself. Select some candidates who have the best portfolios.
Gather references of selected candidates from the previous clients as it is sometimes not possible to have an idea what they have done by looking at their portfolio. Previous clients can provide important information. They can tell you:
- Whether the deadlines were met?
- Whether all instructions were followed?
- Whether suggestions were welcomed?
- Whether the concept was provided by the designer or was it the client’s concept?
Is the designer approachable and professional?
Check out whether the web designer used a generic quote or did they contact you for further information? Do they use jargon or talk to you in clear understandable way? Was their tone professional? Consider these factors before choosing any candidate.
Read the terms and conditions:
Before proceeding to finalising the website designer, you should carefully read the terms and conditions of the potential candidate. Following are some of the important questions that you should keep in your mind:
- Will there be any hidden costs?
- Does the design fee include updates and maintenance?
- Will a copy of source files be provided to you?
- Who will be the owner of the source code?
- Will the files have a back-up?
After your thorough research, short list the top three candidates for yourself. Talk to them and gain some useful insights. Make your final decision and choose one of the most suitable candidates from this top three.