Choosing a professional website designer or developer is one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make as a business owner.
You’ve already decided that your website is too important to try and create yourself. But where do you go from here? The chances are you don’t actually know any website builders. Otherwise, you’d already have contacted them.
Well, in today’s blog post we’re going to look at where to find a professional website designer (or developer). And once you’ve found some, how to choose the right one for you.
Where to find a professional website designer
A lot of website professionals are freelance and work for themselves. However, there are also several website design agencies. Both are likely to hang out online. After all, their services are digital.
So, here are a few places to look for professional website creation services:
The first place you’re likely to look for a professional website designer is Google. And this isn’t a bad idea, because the results suggested first by Google are likely to have good quality websites.
Localised results through Google Maps are handy if you’re after someone in your area. Google is also great for checking out reviews. You might even find pictures of the professionals or their designs uploaded through Google My Business.
Don’t just go with the first one you find though. Look in the following other spaces too to make sure your research is thorough.
2. Social media
You could ask your friends if they can recommend a good website designer. But have you also considered posting in business networking groups on Facebook and LinkedIn?
You’re probably already part of some business groups, so post in there asking for recommendations. You could also tweet or search on Twitter, using suitable hashtags like #websitedesigner #webdesign #webdeveloper and your location to see what comes up there.
3. Colleagues and contacts
Asking your colleagues (current or former), suppliers, or any other business contacts you have made over the years is a great way to source a professional web designer. They may also give you insight into who to avoid, what questions to ask, and rough prices.
When there are so many website designers out there, how do you select the right one for you?
How to choose the right professional website designer
Ok, so finding website designers is actually pretty easy. Choosing the right one is hard.
Like with any profession, there are good practitioners out there. And there are not so good ones. And most of the time, you get what you pay for. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay thousands of dollars for something you’re not happy with.
To help you make the right decision, here are a few tips and things to bear in mind when choosing a professional website designer.
Beware of anything too cheap
Don’t be swayed by the cheapest price. Professional website design takes many years worth of study, resources, and time to perfect. So whoever is charging the lowest prices is probably going to give you the lowest quality product and service.
Instead, look for experience and somebody you can have a stress-free working relationship with. Contact their clients to get the lowdown on their work.
Beware of anything too pricey
Unless you have an enormous budget, avoid the most expensive agencies. There are lots of website designers out there who are good at what they do and don’t charge the earth (like us here at Conveyz!) You just need the patience to find them.
That’s why it’s a good idea to do your research and contact a few potentials, so you can compare them.
Request details of their coding practices
This is a slightly obscure one but, if you can, quiz your web designer on best practice coding. There are a lot of web developers that write bad code. Yes, it does the job in terms of looks. But it’s inefficient and Google doesn’t like it.
Get recommendations from them in terms of what plugins to use to achieve different functionality. Try and do some of your own research around what they suggest to see what others are saying.
Request examples of their previous work
Every professional website designer should have a portfolio of their work. You need to make sure they will be able to create all you need before moving forward, so have a look at what they’ve done before to get some ideas for your own site.
And while you’re at it. Check their own website out. Does it load quickly? Is it easy to navigate and well planned? Their website is a reflection of their work, so scrutinise it before you hire them.
Look at reviews and testimonials
This is a no-brainer. Look them up on social media and Google to read their reviews. You could save yourself a headache in the long run.
And remember: Google, Bing and other search engines are 100% focused on how the code of your website is written, how fast the pages load, and how relevant the content is. So take the time now to get a professional website designer that’s going to do your business justice.
Conveyz, based in Brisbane, are specialists in website design with digital marketing. All of our websites adhere to best practice design principles, so if you’d like our help with your website, contact us today.