Web Design Services
As a small business owner, you are aware of the fact that in order to succeed you have to have an online presence – most people are now shopping online. In fact, you need more than just an online presence; you need an online presence that will help your business to stand out. That is why you have to take steps to ensure that your website design is topnotch. The problem is that there are so many website designers that it can be hard to know which one will do the best job – after all, they all claim that they are the best at what they do. In order to help you find the best we have compiled here tips of what you should consider before you hire.
• Determine what your needs are
Before anything else you need to know why you are building a website. What do you hope to achieve? If, for instance, you goal is to launch a new product, your website will be all about information on the product and your business. On the other hand, if you are launching a website for the purposes of e-commerce then you will want to focus on things like conversion of leads, return on investment and so on. Knowing your bottom line give you a fair idea of what your website will look like.
• Know how much you are willing to spend
When it comes to website design, how much you spend has a direct influence on how much you make from the website in the long run. As the owner of a small business you definitely don’t want to spend too much money, but that doesn’t mean that you should skimp. You should look at the big picture when it comes to costs – how much, for example, did you spend on marketing in the past year and how much of that are you willing to direct towards your new web design? Consider all costs including website hosting. Before you hire a company you should ask them to demonstrate to you how much you can expect to make in a year from the website.
• Does the company have a track record?
Track record is important because it tells you how a company has performed in the past. They should be able to demonstrate that they understand your industry and that they have helped others like you succeed. That said, you should not ignore newer companies in favor of older ones. New companies often have great talent when it comes to technology. In fact, some of the older companies sometimes operate on outdated ideas.
• Can the company communicate properly?
It is very important that the company that you choose is able to tell you what they are doing, why and what you can expect in terms of results. You should also be able to explain to them what your needs are as well as your expectations. Find out if they usually have an account manager for each client – it is much easier when you get all your information from one person.
• It is always much better if they are able to do SEO
Your website is useless without search engine optimization – users will never get to see it. Although it is possible to hire an independent SEO company, it is always better if you can get it from your website designer because they are more familiar with the site. They should be able to tell you what they do in terms of SEO and what kind of results you can expect in what time frame.
• Do they create mobile websites?
A mobile website is critical if you are going to succeed online. Most users are now accessing the internet through mobile devices. In fact, Google has made it mandatory that for any website to appear on page one of search results it has to be responsive to mobile. Choose a company that will create a website that can render on as many mobile devices as possible.
• Appearance is good but content is more important
While having a professionally done website is important, having the right content matters even more. It is easy to leave it to the website designer to do content for you but this doesn’t always work out – no one knows your business more than you do. Take some time and do the content yourself. If you cant it is better that you hire a professional content creator to craft content for you. Your website may craft content but because that that is not their core competency you should go over it yourself and make sure that it is done right. Make sure to do your keyword research properly if you want users to find you.
• Do they do all the work themselves?
There are many website design companies that don’t do create websites themselves – they outsource it to other countries in order to save on costs. This usually compromises the quality of the website. Make sure that they will create your website themselves.
These tips should help you choose the best website design services.