10 Things To Consider Before Choosing A Website Design Company

  1. Should I build my own website, or hire a professional web design company, like Opulentworx?
    1. There are tons of free, and paid, web page templates available to do-it-yourself (DIY) web designers. There are pros and cons to using templates:
      • PROS - Ready made website templates are generally easy to use, and can minimize the time required to complete and launch a web site. Templates may be less expensive.
      • CON - Templates are not unique. Many businesses may use the template you choose. Most are customizable, but it will require some basic Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) or Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) knowledge. You may find that customizing code can be frustrating and complex.
    2. Time is MONEY! If you are one of the best in your business, you are no stranger to this concept. Will it make more sense to spend your valuable time researching how to build a website, or to focus on what you do best? Letting an expert, like Opulentworx, design your website can actually save you money.

  2. Experience is important when designing a user friendly website. A good web developer will have a portfolio or a video that will demonstrate some examples of web work they have done.
    1. Ask your prospective design company to show you some of their previous work.
    2. Reviews and Testimonials are a great way to see how clients find value in the web design service they received.

  3. Will the website design company create unique and custom web page layouts, or do they use templates, like Joomla, Microsoft Front Page, or Word Press?
    1. Once again, templates are not unique. An experienced web designer will create a custom website for you, and will not "cut and paste" content into a "cookie cutter" template.

  4. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a must! Ask how the web designer intends to implement effective SEO strategies when designing your site.
    1. IMPORTANT! There are some SEO companies that are using frowned upon methods to manipulate search engine results. When the major search engines discover this SEO "trickery" it will result in lost traffic, lower page rank, and your website, may even be, removed from search engine results all together.

  5. Client Service is key! A great web design company will ALWAYS put the client first.
    1. How prompt does a web company respond to inquiries for consultation or quotes?
    2. Will your prospect take time to listen and understand your vision and goals?
    3. Ask about update timelines and policies.
    4. Always read web design contracts or agreements thoroughly and ask questions.

  6. How much should a website cost? What is a fair price for website updates?
    1. Remember the old adage, "You get what you pay for"? This holds true for website design. Basic informational sites can range from $299-$1000. Ecommerce and complex dynamic websites can cost thousands. A good web developer will offer a custom quote based solely on what you need.
    2. Are managed hosting plans available? Ask how updates and change requests are billed.

  7. What internet marketing will the web company provide?
    1. Ask if your website will be submitted to major search engines, and listed with popular business directories. Always, remember to ask if this service is included or billed separately.
    2. Will the web company offer social media management services for an additional fee.

  8. What custom solutions are available? As your business continues to grow, what custom features will be available?
    1. Will you be provided with a custom contact page, that emails you directly?
    2. Ask about a custom page for clients to leave feedback or reviews.
    3. Some other examples of custom solutions might be, Aplications (APPS), LightBox galleries, Video Galleries, User Registration Forms, or Log In Functions.

  9. How will you approve the designs before you authorize web site launch?
    1. It is common practice to create a preview that you can review, modify, and approve before beginning web site completion. This will provide an idea of how your web site will look and function. This is an important stage in your web site development. This process will ensure you are getting what you really desire.
    2. If the web designer will also be hosting, and managing, your site, be sure you understand the hosting agreement.

  10. 1. How long will it take to complete your website?
    1. 1. A good web developer will work in a timely manner, and get your website up and running as soon as possible.
    2. 1. A web developer should be able to provide an accurate timeline for completion, and will work hard to meet or exceed your expectations!

Date: 9/01/13

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