Choosing a Web Design Company
Once you have narrowed down the type of website that you are looking for, it is time to start looking for a web design company to help you with your project. Now, we are going to be honest here – there are quite a few website design companies to choose from, but we will show you how to filter through the available choices and hone down your list to a sure-fire winner.
Sorting through the different types of web designers
Just as with individuals, every web site design company has their own personality, tastes, and ways of doing business. Some companies tend to love flash web design while others loathe it. Some companies are graphic design experts while others will only touch graphic design if they are absolutely required to. Some companies deal exclusively with template modification and offer lower-cost website design services while others thrive on the dynamic functionality of shopping carts and ecommerce systems. Additionally, some companies are the jack-of-all-trades type and offer the whole gambit of web site design, development, as well as ongoing support while others will not even offer to create your website’s written content for you.
In order to narrow down the list of potential candidates for your web design company, you not only need to have a rough idea of what you’re looking for, but what types of services the company you are considering offers.
Analyzing a web designer’s portfolio
Any web design company worth checking out has a portfolio of previous client work. Now, this is not to say that a web design startup would not be able to create a masterpiece for you, but it is your name, your time and your image on the line. If you are going to invest in web design services, it is just a better idea to choose a design team that has a proven track record in the field.
A web site design company’s portfolio speaks volumes about the types of services that they offer; it displays not only the quality of their work, but also gives you great insight into the types of services that they perform on a regular basis.
Your needs and the company’s services – do they match?
Chasing after a website design company that cannot meet your needs is like chasing after a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow – you are never going to experience that end-satisfaction and it is just a waste of time. For instance, if you are looking for a “hands-off” solution where web hosting, credit card processing and ongoing website updates are included, considering a web design company that offers simple website development probably will not be a good fit.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a company to create a website that will highlight your product line; a programming-focused website development company may not be the best choice for you. It doesn’t hurt at all to contact a company about their services, but if you see a clear difference between what a particular web site design company offers and what you’re looking to have – it’s probably a good idea to move on and look into a different company.