Are you thinking of hiring someone to create or update a website? Here are a few questions to ask your prospective web designer to help determine if they are qualified and if they will be a good fit for you.
1. What software do you use to build your websites?
Is it hosted or self-hosted?
2. Do you use pre-designed templates?
Good templates are a decent off-the-shelf economy solution, but understand what you’re getting. Unlike predesigned templates, developers who create custom websites build them from scratch. Therefore, a site designed specifically for your purpose and to your taste will be unique and ideally suited for your needs.
3. How long have you been in the business of building websites?
Hire someone with the necessary skills and experience to carry out the job to the highest standards. By the same token, if you want to sell your products or services online, your developer must have sufficient knowledge on creating an e-commerce site.
4. How many people will I have to deal with?
There are pros and cons with every decision. With a big web development company you may have to deal with a different specialist for each phase of the project. This is important to know going in. For that reason, don’t be afraid to ask this question.
5. What do you offer for tracking and analysis?
Don’t think of a website as a project with a start and end date. The truth is, it is never done. By frequently evaluating and analyzing it, you will find areas for improvement.
Moreover, once your site is up and running, you’ll want to have a system in place to track who is coming to your website, what pages they visit, how long they spend there, etc. Good statistical information will be the bedrock of your analysis. Given these points, confirm that your developer is in it for the long haul. What tracking software will they employ and will they continue to work with you on this project in the future.
6. Can you show me your portfolio?
Get a sense of a designer’s style by viewing past projects. While a good designer will be able to tailor the look of the site to your own personality, you can get a general sense of what they find appealing.
7. What is the arrangement for providing ongoing support/maintenance after the site is launched?
Software updates are an important part of creating a secure. Who will make the changes, how quickly will they be made, and what charges are involved?
8. What is the arrangement for providing updating content?
Who will be responsible for making content changes. Equally important, how quickly will they be made, and what charges are involved?
9. How soon until you can get started?
If your project is urgent, you’ll want to know how many other projects are ahead of yours.
10. How many other projects will you be working on?
Few developers work on a single sites at one time. However, you don’t want to be just another project that gets pushed through. Try to get a sense how important your project is to the developer.
11. Can you provide references?
By speaking to a designer’s previous clients you’ll get a better idea of how they work. Additionally, it will help you evaluate what you’re getting into.