Tips for Choosing the Right Webdesign Company
Choosing a webdesign agency to help you build your online presence and that professional image you look to convey is not always the simplest of tasks. Web design is a massive industry. There are things you will want to know and consider before just jumping in. With web designers, you will find everything ranging from large corporate internet marketing agencies to small independent freelance designers all competing for your attention and business in the marketplace.
Consideration #1: See Their Work
One of the fist considerations for choosing any web design agency is to see some of their work. Any solid and reputable web designer will have samples for you to see. They can email you file samples or send you direct links to online projects they have completed. This can give you insights as to their talents, their design style, and their technical abilities.
If possible, speak to some of their past clients. If this isn’t an option survey their LinkedIn pages for recommendations and endorsements. Anyone can fake a website testimonial but LinkedIn is different. A company that is unwilling to share this type of information and one you can find no information about is one you should be concerned about.
Search Them Online
Try typing the company name into your search engine and survey the results. If you don’t find any positive information or their company listing on the first two pages, it is a really bad sign. Chances are the web designer knows nothing about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), or they are not any good at it. SEO is critical for your websites success and if your designer is clueless about SEO then your web design is going to reflect that.
Personally Contact Them
Meet with the agencies of your choice or speak to them on the phone. You don’t want to try and work with an agency you find it hard to communicate with or you find it hard to do business with. Personal contact can be vital in getting the design of your site the way you want it and you’ll want to work with a designer you feel comfortable with during the process.
What Tech do They Employ
Ask the company about the tech that they intend using on your site. This will give you some idea of what your site will be able to use. They may want to provide you with a flashy site, with a lot of bells and whistles, but will that site be fast and effective? These are some of the things you need to know that will help you make your decisions and your website operate smoothly in the long run.
Copyright and Ownership
Be sure to discuss copyright, plagiarism, and who will ultimately own the content and site when it is complete. You want to know that your site your site is one hundred percent unique and that you own the content and the site when completed.
A very important question to ask before you sign on the dotted line is to ensure that you will be the owner of the website, once it is completed and that you have access to and ownership of all the online property created with your website. It doesn’t matter what your content or your industry is, if you are a pool company, a retailer, a professional service, etc. you will want full ownership of your site and materials. This is very important as some web design agencies retain the ownership rights of the site, domain names, content, images, etc. That is not a position you want to find yourself in nor is it a position you will find yourself in when you pick the right web-professional to do your design.