10 Essential Questions to Ask When Hiring a Web Design Company
Do you need a web designer? There are many web development and design teams in Miami to choose from. It’s in your best interest to do a bit of research first and ask each designer a few questions to help you narrow down your choices.
The first thing you need to do is to identify your needs. What goals do you have for your company? What would you like to accomplish in both the short-term and long-term? Consider your company’s needs and then hire a web designer that you feel would best help you achieve goals, in the near future and beyond.
Here are 10 questions to ask during your evaluation.
1. Do you actually design the work yourself?
Many designers outsource their work. This might not be a problem, depending on who they outsource to and whether or not they are upfront about it. If they do outsource, inquire about their selection process. Can they guarantee that the actual people who will design your site are reliable and knowledgeable?
2. Can you create a custom site for me?
You don’t want somebody who uses pre-made templates. Anybody can just download a cheap template and modify it. You don’t want your site to look like every other site on the web. You want a unique design that reflects your company’s personality and style.
3. Can you show me previous examples of your work?
While many web designers in Miami do have portfolios, you should also ask for actual URLs of their previous clients. Visit the sites yourself to see if they are still up and running. Test the sites out a bit to ensure that they are high-quality and run smoothly.
4. Are you able to design responsive websites?
Traditional websites simply won’t do anymore. Today, it’s essential to have a responsive web design that works across multiple browsers and platforms. You will want a designer who is able to build you a site that will run efficiently and quickly on any device and screen.
5. What if I am not satisfied with the initial design?
You need to know in advance the number of edits and rounds of changes a designer(s) will make under the initial fee. Once again, you need to take a close look at the websites of their previous clients to determine whether you like the style before hiring a designer.
6. How much will you charge me for this project?
Websites cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. There are many factors that affect price, including the skill level of the designer, how much work you need done, the time it takes for the website to be built, whether you just need a layout or content and graphics as well, and so forth. Some design teams charge by the hour and some charge a fixed price for the project. As with any product or service, price usually reflects quality, so you probably shouldn’t go with the lowest quote, or you might end up paying more money in the long run to have more skilled designers fixing the mistakes.
7. Will you be available in the future?
A website is never actually “finished”. The technology is always evolving, and you will need to update it regularly with new content. Maintenance is required as well. If you find a designer you like, ask if they will be available in the future so that you can form a long-term relationship.
8. How long will it take for my site to be ready?
As with the price, the amount of time it takes for a site to be launched is pretty subjective as well. If a web designer is really good, the probably have other jobs. Still, if they are willing to accept your money, they should make time for you and provide you with updates on the progress.
9. Will I or my team be able to access the Content Management System?
Even if you have no knowledge of how CMS platforms work, you should still have access to your site. It will save you money in the long run if you are able to make basic changes yourself.
10. What other services do you offer?
A good web designer should have more than just layout creation experience. Will they be able to create your graphics and logo as well? Can they offer a guarantee that your site will be optimized for search engines? A website’s design is one of the factors in rankings.
Ideally, it’s best to work with a design team that has experience with Miami businesses. Avoid any designer who doesn’t seem interested in learning about your company, otherwise you will just end up with a generic site rather than a custom-built one.