With so many web designers, it can be a little overwhelming when making your decision. Whether you’re looking to hire someone for your first website, or for a large organisation, it’s important to do your research before choosing the right web designer. We’ll give you some tips to help you find the right one.
- Check their web design portfolio
One great way to narrow down your selection is to check their recent web design examples. Check their examples, do they look good? Looking good is one thing, but another think to look out for is to make sure all the websites don’t look too similar. If they all look similar, that means you’d be working with a sub-par website designer, because it shows they are using time-saving templates to their advantage rather than creative design. A good web designer will never make two websites similar. This reflects a bad image, so look out for this with a close eye.
Also, there’s a common recommendation to choose a web designer that has designed websites in your industry, similar to what you’re looking for. However, don’t let this affect your choice. Instead, use our technique above. Just because a web designer hasn’t made a website like yours before, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t choose them. If anything, it’ll make them work even harder and put more effort into your project.
Check out our recent examples here.
2. Make sure they’re readily available for a chat
One thing to keep a close eye on is how available they are to chat to you. Not just over text or email, but by phone call. You should make sure you’re able to reach the web designer by phone whenever you need to, even before you’ve hired them. Why? Imagine this – if there’s a concern you have once your website is being designed, you should seek answers from your designer directly. No receptionist or messenger, you should be speaking direct with your designer. This inflicts a sense of trust and reliability.
If your designer isn’t available to chat with, this could mean that your work is being outsourced to another country for a lower price. This means you’re paying money for a lower quality website that won’t generate the results your business deserves.
3. Check their location
This isn’t a deal breaker for everyone, but it’s worth checking out. Does it bother you if your web designer is in another state, or in another country? If this bothers you, make sure you check where they’re located. We openly admit we are based on the Gold Coast, Australia. We do this because it inflicts trust to our potential clients, even if they are in another state.
One thing to consider, don’t let this affect your decision too much. With the likes of COVID-19, lots of businesses are working remotely these days without being able to meet in person. Thus, location doesn’t play too much importance, unless you consider this a deal breaker.
4. Do they understand your requirements?
When having your first chat with the designer, you should make sure that they are understanding and taking in what you say. You should make sure your designer is actively giving you suggestions as you speak, as value is what sets one designer apart from another. They should also be relating themselves to your situation and giving you advice on things to look out for and potential complications you may have in your venture. A web designer should want to work with you long term rather than making a quick buck. If they really care about long term relations, they’ll be telling you everything you need to know.
This isn’t a must, but, if they are giving you value and free advice, imagine the value you get when you hire them. We offer free strategy calls so you can speak to one of our designers about your new website.
5. Testimonials and Client Feedback
We recommend typing the company name into Google and checking their Google reviews. The reason we recommend checking Google is because they’re hard to fake. So, you can be sure you are looking at real reviews of this web design company. A key component to being a good designer is keeping all your clients happy, even in bad situations. Negative reviews are one thing, but if there are any, analyse them in detail. Did they have a bad experience? If so, how did the company deal with it?
6. Value for money
Pricing may play a huge part for you. If it does, you should make sure you are getting value for money. We aren’t saying to go with the cheapest web designer, as this can be a bad thing if you don’t do your research. If they are the cheapest, are they the cheapest for a reason? Maybe they have bad reviews, or maybe they are brand new and have no reviews.
On the other end of the stick, you may have a designer asking well above the price of others. If this is the case, you should be asking them what you’re getting for your money. Are they just trying to squeeze every penny out of you, or are they giving you more value? For example, they could be including web hosting in the price, or maybe they are including content writing in their quote. They could even be including SEO Optimisation in their quotation.
Either way, make sure to do your due diligence. Of course your budget plays a huge part, but at the end of the day, value for money is the key point here as it shows that your website can be as good as it can be.
Choosing the most appropriate web design company amongst the thousands may seem like a challenging task right now. However, if you know what you want, stick to it and be sure your web designer understands your requirements. Remember, spending time upfront to select the appropriate web design agency can save an enormous number of headaches.