We were hunting for a web design company last month for redesigning our much neglected camping merchandise website. Finally we could find a reasonably good one. We are working with them now. I thought it is high time to jot down the points to consider while looking for a webdesign company.
Ten years ago, finding a website design company or a professional was fairly easy, mainly because there were only a handful of Internet gurus who were able to create a website from the scratch. However, today there are tens of hundreds of web design companies on every continent. If you type in “web design company” in Google, you will get over 950 unique search results. The obvious question is this: “How can I find the right agency to work with?”
Looking on Google will not be enough when searching for the right designer for your needs. There are many other things you need to do, such as checking their website, the portfolio, looking for reviews online, asking for recommendations and taking a glance at the total cost. Follow the following steps in order to make sure you will take the right choice when selecting a web design contractor or company to work with.
1. Know your Goals
Before looking online, it is important to write down your goals and expectations in terms of both price and quality. However, remember that the phrase “you get what you paid for” is still true, especially when it comes to web designing companies. Do some research and see how much you are willing to pay and for what value. Also, keep in mind your goals. If you need an eShop, make sure you hire a contractor experienced in creating and maintaining eShop platforms, not WordPress sites.
2. Start your Search
After you know what you want regarding your online profile, it is time to find the best agency out there. Start by asking your close friends or family members who now have a successful business online. They are the ones you can always trust. In case they recommend you a certain agency, write it down immediately. Next, search on Google for lists with top web design companies in your area. For example, if you live in Miami, FL, you could search for “best web design companies Miami”.
3. Select a few Brands
After studying a few lists, reviews and recommendations, it is time to make a final selection. Enter their website and look around. Do you like what you see? It is unprofessional for a web design company to have an unappealing website. You probably wouldn’t go to a dentist with crooked or yellow teeth, right? The same is with web creation. In addition to the website, evaluate the portfolio and look at the testimony page. If you are not happy with the manner the information is displayed onto the website’s pages, you should probably stay away from that specific business.
4. Final Choice
Lastly, make a final choice keeping in mind these factors: age, experience, terms & conditions, staff, team, flexibility, outsourcing, variety of services provided, real cost, special offers and upfront pricing.
Of course, you could simply look for an agency capable and willing to create a top-notch website for you, but why not looking for a business partner? Don’t look search for a contractor; look for a web design service that wants to partner up with you. An experienced partner could be an invaluable tool for your business and a valuable asset for your company’s growth.
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