Getting a new website built or an existing one redesigned can be an overwhelming project. So, to make it easier we have compiled a few questions you should ask yourself and potential web design companies. Answers to these questions will make your search easier, the timeline and price quotes you receive more accurate, and will save you time and energy.
The answer to this question will assist the web design company in focusing the design.
This is important because it helps to clarify project priorities for the web design company and focuses their efforts on creating a website capable of reaching those goals. After all, what good is a website if it doesn’t contribute to your growth?
Every web design firm will ask you this question. By knowing how much you have to invest, the web design company can help you find solutions to best achieve your goals within the framework of the budget. This will help you find the right company faster.
Any good marketer will tell you that a targeted and consistent message, over all of your marketing platforms, will generate the highest results. Ensure that the message conveyed by your website works together with your other marketing efforts or that your other marketing efforts are customized to work with your website. This consistent approach will save you money and help you reach your goals faster.
By having a single representative working with the web design company, a single and clear set of instructions will be received and the project will be finished faster, cheaper and better.
Now you are ready to find the perfect web design company to bring your project to life. The basic formula is simple: find a company that has the necessary experience, a company that can build your project within your budget and a company that fits your personality. By following the next few simple guidelines you will find success.
1. Generate a long list of web design companies in your area. Just like with
any other vendors, all you need to do is use your local directories or
your network. The more you have to choose from the chances are greater
you’ll find the right company.
2. Create a short list. This will take a little more time, but you will end up with a smaller group of experienced companies capable of handling your project. Ideally about three to five. You do this by visiting each of the companies’ websites on your list and examining their portfolios and processes. A good web design company will have a portfolio representing their skill and experience and will outline the process they use.
Keep in mind that web design is a complex field with many specialties and it is unlikely that one or two people will be masters of them all. Generally, full service companies that have specialists in each area are better equipped to deliver exactly what you need. Additionally, they should list their range of services and any support they offer during and after your project.
3. Get proposals. Now that you have your short list, contact the companies. You can do this a number of different ways, a formal request for proposal (RFP) or a simple phone call or email. Some companies will even have a form on their website that you can fill out so that when they contact you for follow up they are already familiar with the basics of your project, therefore saving you some time.
We hope this information will serve you well. If you have any questions, even if they don’t relate to our proposal, we are more than happy to help. Our ultimate goal, is to see you succeed.