What to Look for in a Web Designer
If you are searching searching for
a web site designer for your web
site, experience is key.
Just about anybody can create a web site with a little bit of computer knowledge. However, developing the user
interface and navigational system takes experience and know-how. You should choose a designer
who has been working in the industry for years and does not plan on leaving any time soon. Chances are, you are
going to need them again in the future for support and updates.
Ask to see samples of the designer's work and ask for references that you can call personally. A web designer should
work closely with the customer every step of the way and be available to the customer to answer any questions and
provide support when the project is completed.
A lot of web designer's have a similar look and feel to all of their designs. Try to find a web site designer
with a diversified portfolio. If you want your site unique, you want to make sure that the web designer can meet your
needs. A good web designer will take the time to talk with you about your business, customer base, products and
services that you provide. They will be able to steer you in the right direction based on experience with similar
products that they have been involved with. Good professional designers won't be afraid to state their opinions
and give you constructive criticism if some of your ideas seem a little too much for your needs.Remember, you are
seeking their expert advice as well as their services, and they usually know what is right when it comes to the
A professional web designer will be straight-forward on their pricing plans. They should be able to listen to your
needs and immediately provide you with an accurate estimate. You should always receive the estimate in writing, and
NEVER pay over half of the price of the estimate up front. Paying half of the total amount is common practice in the
web design industry. It protects the designer and the customer. The designer has to invest money in registering
your domain name, setting up a hosting account, not to mention the number of hours they put into creating the
structure and layout of the web site. On the other hand, the customer doesn't have to worry about the designer taking
his time and not doing as much as he could be doing. The web designer knows that if he doesn't get the job finished
in a timely manner then he may not get paid the rest of his money due.
The web site designer should discuss with you what type of schedule they will be working
with and how they will be presenting work to you each step of the way. For larger
projects, assign milestone deadlines for each section of completed work.
Never agree to pay the balance before each milestone is complete. You can even sign a contract if a large amount of
work and money is being exchanged.
There are many people on the internet trying to scam people out of their money, this is no different in web design.
If a deal seems to good to be true, it probably is. Do some research and make sure that they are who they say they
are. If you have any questions about a designer, try contacting the Better Business Bureau or a 3rd party research
agency to help you verify information. If you have any questions you can contact our support team at support@AltherrWebDesign.com