7 Steps to Follow When Executing a Web Design Project
By Christine Mandrake, Dynamic Internet Marketing
Web design is vocabulary that even children in elementary school might be able to explain nowadays. This is because Internet technology has taken over the world and this is one of the most lucrative businesses today. People are starting Web design companies all over the world, and even with all the competition, they are not lacking clients because there is always a new client who wants to launch a website. The quality of services that you will get when you hire a website design company is heavily dependent on the company that you choose to work with.
Selecting a Web design agency is not an easy task owing to the fact that there are so many to choose from. You will be totally spoilt for choice when it comes to picking one to work with. Secondly, some of these companies will charge you an arm and leg for the services that they provide. However, that should not worry you because this article will guide you on the steps that you should take when you are hiring a Web design service provider. There are some website designers who are great in designing certain types of websites but not some other types. This is where you should start.
Step 1: What kind of site do you want?
There are people who want a fashion blog while others want to create online auction businesses. Websites vary in their design because of their nature. There is not a single day that a fashion blog will resemble a finance blog. Mixing up the design scheme is one of the best ways to make sure that your site fails. Your audience will be confused and have a hard time using your site even if all the buttons are right there. Users won’t be able to accomplish their goals if the website design is not fitting of its industry and the services offered.
Step 2: Goals of your site
What is it that you would like to achieve with your site or the Internet marketing activities that you engage in? Different types of sites have different targets to be achieved. Take, for instance, an e-commerce website. The focus of such a site is going to be conversion of sales, return on investment and growth and maintenance of a customer base. This is different from when you are launching a company and you have created a website for it. In such a case, the target will be to provide information concerning the services and/or products. Having a clear focus is very important.
Step 3: Budget
This is the first thing that many people consider, and why not? With Web design services being ridiculously costly, it is important to create the budget that you will use for the project. One reason many small businesses end up spending more than they ought to spend on Web design is because of failing to budget.
It is not only about budgeting but rather the need for you to understand the difference between cost and value. You might spend a lot of money and get poor quality, which is just another way of saying that you will get no value for your money. The best way to make sure that you get value for your money is to consult with several companies concerning the value that they deliver and how that fits into the amount of money you are willing to spend (or can spend).
Step 4: Choose the right company
You are probably wondering why this was not the first step. This is the fourth simply because it is made easier by the first three. When you know what you are looking for and you have a budget, then you should have a grand time selecting the right company to work with. Always go for a company with a proven track record. If it is a new company, you can ask to see samples of the work that they will do for you. Choosing the right company will make it possible for you to fulfill the first three steps.
Step 5: Keep communication open
Hiring a Web design agency is not similar to placing an order for curtains to be made for your home. You need to keep the communication lines open at all times. The first thing to do is to ask as many questions before the project starts and then tell the designer what it is that you are looking for. Once this is done, the designer is supposed to get in touch with you every once in a while to notify you of the progress of the work you have given him. If there are modifications that they would like to make or alterations to the original plan that need to be carried out then it will be easier to do that when communication is open.
Step 6: Content versus art
This will come in somewhere in the first steps as well as while you are planning your website building project. A majority of sites fail to perform well simply because they do not have the content that many people are looking for. Take, for instance, someone who visits a site looking primarily for the contacts page but then it is lacking. They will definitely not be coming back to that site.
When you select a company that places value on art rather than content of your site’s design then you should know that you are working with the wrong people. It is hard to hide an ornament behind decoration. This is just like manicuring a hen’s nails, completely pointless.
Step 7: Maintenance
Once the site is up and running, you will need to maintain it at its best. Maintenance of your investment is important to ensure that you get that return you are looking for from it. A good web design agency is going to be of great help in this step assisting you with things like analytic reporting and even publishing of content.
May the Best Company Win
Hiring a website design agency is not such a simple job. There are several of them providing these services but the best will definitely be that one that helps you to meet your goals. There is something that you have in mind concerning your site, make sure that you get to achieve it and the site’s design is the one that will help that happen.
Christine Mandrake is an SEO consultant who provides consultation services for companies seeking business exposure. She has worked with Dynamic Internet Marketing Inc., in an effort to help improve their SEO services.