Hiring a website designer to build, maintain and promote your website can be tough for many small business owners, especially if they’ve never put together a website before. While there are plenty of Vancouver web design teams out there to choose from, not all of them are going to be right for you. Before you pick a web designer to work with, there are some major factors that you need to consider.
The ability to communicate with your web design team is essential. If you can’t communicate well and it seems like misunderstandings are common, you’re not going to get the results you want from your website. Before you hire any web designer, you need to take the time to have a quick meeting and spend a few minutes simply talking to them about your goals. It doesn’t have to be a formal consultation, but you need to know that you can clearly communicate what you want for your website to your web designer. If you can’t communicate well, find another Vancouver web designer.
During your initial meeting with a potential web designer, you’ll also want to gauge their enthusiasm and work ethic. You don’t want somebody to design and market your website that’s just doing it in order to cash your check. They’re not going to do a good job for you. You want somebody that’s excited about bringing your vision to life and helping your business grow and expand for years to come.
How Long Have They Been in Business?
The amount of time a Vancouver web design company has been in business isn’t always an indication of their skills, but in many cases you’ll get a better overall product and experience working with an experienced web designer that’s been working in the field for years. A lot of different companies start up all of the time, and it can be easy to get fooled into thinking that you’ll get a slick, professional product from one of them. However, they may not have the experience to really provide what they’re offering you.
An experienced web design company will also have good relationships with vendors and people in related fields, and that can help you tremendously when it comes to marketing and maintaining your website.
Style and Quality
It should go without saying, but it’s very important to find a web design company that understands the style that you’re going for, and can provide you with the quality of website and marketing that you’re looking for. Remember, not all websites are created equal, and not all marketing efforts are the same. Some web design companies are better with SEO than others, and if that’s important for your business to succeed, you need to take that into account. Take the time to discuss the style of your website, the quality you’re looking for and how your website will be marketed to consumers.
A web design company that has been in business for years and has been doing quality work will be able to show you a strong portfolio of their work, as well as reference letters from satisfied clients. A web design company that can’t show you any positive references might be pulling your leg when it comes to their skills and quality of their work. Worse than that, they may be trying to rip you off by taking your money and never really providing with much of anything that’s worthwhile.