Things to Consider When Hiring a Web Designer
Whether you want to build or redesign an existing website, there are many options for you to consider. You can build one yourself, taking the time to learn HTML or CSS or PHP. You can use website builders which make it easy to build your own website. Another option is publishing platforms like WordPress or Drupal.
However, for a complex website which is beyond your design or developing capabilities or would take too much time, it would be better to hire a Boston website design company.
Let us look at the things you need to consider when hiring a web designing company:
They should understand your business
Check if they have experience in developing websites similar to yours. Maybe you own a crowd funding website or a music streaming website. Do they have experience about the code, functionalities and design needs of the site?
Web designers also need to be good listeners and communicators. They should make the effort to understand your business, not using the ‘One style fits all’ approach. They should understand your goals and deliver. Pay attention at every stage of the project to make sure you are both in sync.
They should stick to the budget
Compared to doing it yourself, building a website will cost more. Make sure both of you understand the budget and what content and features will be provided for the estimate. If you want additional features such as a shopping cart, newsletters etc. it may cost more. Will they be billing you monthly or annually or in set installments? Designers who have a reputation of sticking within the estimate are a better choice, as opposed to ones who keep pushing new features at you trying to cross sell or upsell.
They should optimize your website for SEO
Your website or business model may be dependent on search engines to drive users to you. In that case SEO should be something that you must pay attention to. While you may not know much about it, a website designer or developer can ensure via the code that your website attracts traffic through the leading pages of search engines.
They should give you ownership of the content
The website domain should be registered in your name and you should own the copyright for it and all the content on it (except for royalty content). They should also give you a copy of the original source files so that you can make changes yourself or another designer hired by you at some point in the future can tweak the website.
So, if you are looking to get your website built for success, keep these things in mind while looking for a professional Boston website design company.