You have been planning forever to get a website designer to work on your site. Your plans are clear and you have prepared your content. What next? How do you go about choosing the best web designer or web design company?
Ask around. Ask friends or similar companies who have hired a web designer in the past. Besides getting the contact numbers of the web designers, ask how was their experience working with that person.
Do your research for contact information. Use the internet or your phonebook to get the names and contact information of web design companies in your area. If you use the internet, have a peek at their past work.
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Look through the portfolio of the web design company you are choosing from. See if the designs are professional-looking, clean, and easy to use.
Look at the experience of the web designer or web design company. How long has the person or company been in business? How many companies have they designed for?
See if the designer or web design company is up to date with the newest trends in web marketing. Useful, profitable websites attract the correct traffic with search engine optimization and usability and by employing web 2.0 strategies such as social media marketing.
Look at the web designer or web design company proposed turnaround time. Does it match the schedule of your company's plans?