How to select an Adelaide Web Designer
A question you must ask yourself before selecting a web designer is. Do you want to work with a local (South Australia) designer or are you happy to correspond regularly over the phone and countless emails with a website designer from another state or country?
Local web designers have the ability to meet with you in person. If they are not willing to meet with you personally, strike them of your short list. Another benefit of using a local web designer is that when you do call them, you don’t have to worry about whether they are in your time zone or not. The only consideration you have to make is whether your concern warrants a 3am phone call.
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Here are some things to think about and ask when hiring a website designer
- Pay close attention to how much they ask you about Your Business. A good designer should first ask you about your business and what goals you have for your new website. How can your designer know what suits you best, if they don’t know you and your business?
- Have a close look at the sites they have already developed. Are any of them in a style you like? Is this web designer flexible in their designs? You should get a good idea of what they can do for you by what they have done for others. We have developed 100’s of business websites since 1999. Here are a few we have designed recently. Our Portfolio…
- Ask them if they infact did all the graphical components and website layout? Did they do all the coding a programming? It’s ok if they didn’t. As long as they have the skills to fix any problem you have quickly and cheaply.
- Do they have a structured planning process that leads you through the design phase? Here is our Online Website Design Process
- Ask them what they know about internet marketing and search engine optimization. Be sure that they’re creating a site for you that meets your larger marketing and business goals. (A pretty site is no good to you unless it generates revenue and prospects.) Our Website Promotion and Marketing.
- Ask the designer for their fees and what is the estimated design cost for the site you want. They may not be able to give you an accurate estimate until you discuss content and features of the site.
- Ask them how they Bill you. Will they invoice you monthly, or when certain milestones are reached? Do they require a Deposit?
- Pay attention to whether they’ll try to stick within your budget, or whether they keep suggesting new add-ons that increase to the cost of your site. Remember, designers aren’t responsible for your budget – you are.
- Ask them whether they will maintain your site after the initial design, and how much they’ll charge for that. Some designers want to create new sites but don’t want to maintain them. However we can also provide affordable self maintained websites as well as very competitive website maintenance fees. Depending on the additions or corrections you require prices start from $15 per hour and you will be amazed at how much can be completed within 1 hour.
- If you’re going to maintain the site yourself, ask them if they’ll design your site so that it is easily maintained by a business owner? We develop all our self maintained websites using a modified version of WordPress CMS.
- Make sure you own your domain name, even if the website designer registered it for you.
- 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.
- You have got to enjoy talking and working with your web designer. Do you like the designer? Do you believe they’ll 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?
- Tell each prospective website designer what your deadline and budget 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 don’t 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 and providing the images and logos.
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.