Getting What You Want from a Web Design Company
:: Daniel Clark, Website Design Sydney ::
When it comes to an online-based company, all its stakeholders really want is to get the maximum sales and return on investment from its website.
A good website is one that provides its visitors with important company information while promoting its products or services in a very user-friendly way. A company may fail to generate enough traffic if any of the above mentioned qualities are missing. For the better future of a company, choosing the right Web design company is of the utmost importance.
There are countless Web design firms across the globe, but finding the right one that will understand a company's message (and vision) and deliver it digitally is a difficult task. Due to this, it's important marketers, website owners and the like define their website's goals (like who is the targeted audience and what are they supposed to do when they get to a site) before ever talking to a designer, so they know what they will or will not compromise on. A good Web design company, however, will take those goals and improve upon them, relying on their experience, known best practices and any relevant data.
It's also worth a company's while to find similar websites to serve as a reference to what kind of design it is looking for.
Once this homework is complete, here are some other guidelines to keep in mind when hiring a Web design company:
• If hiring an out-of-state (or even an out-of-country) Web design agency, be sure communication won't be a problem - including language, cultural norms, communication technologies, etc.
• Try to find out whether the Web design company is going with the latest design techniques or not, which can be done by reviewing current work, reading the company's blog and checking out their social media pages (where articles related to design are often posted) or by simply asking them.
• Go through the company website so that you can be clear about the services they are providing, and make a list of any questions that may come up.
• Get several quotes and budget accordingly (don't ever make the decision on price alone, however).
• See whether the time proposed by the company meets business objectives.
• Ask for at least two separate website mock-ups (if possible).
• Ask for referrals and past work examples (live sites will provide better insights rather than screenshots).
• Do know how a website is to be updated after it is live and even after the business and Web design company parts ways.
Apart from the above mentioned points do make sure that you get a website that is easy to use and can easily be updated.
Companies hire a Web design agency to ensure they are providing their users with the best experience possible, which in turn increases conversion, brand loyalty and website traffic. Choosing an agency is a decision that should not be rushed into, so heeding this advice should provide long-term 'Net success.
Daniel Clark is a creative Web designer in the UK who often writes reviews on the range of services offered by the top Web design companies in Sydney and guides website designers about how to implement Web design trends. His passion includes writing articles and blogs on Web design trends.