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This article was posted 5 months ago and is filed under Global River News, Web Design.

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How to choose a Web Designer

Ok so we may be a tad biased, but over the years we have heard plenty of horror stories about failed web design projects to have reasonable expertise on how to choose a web designer. We have put this 5 point guide together to help you make a great decision.

Do you get on?

It sounds obvious in an article on How to choose a web designer but is often overlooked. Completing a website is a big undertaking and involves plenty of hard work for all involved. To get a project completed on time and to a standard you are happy with, will mean working very closely with your web designer or web design agency. Are you happy to tell them if you don’t like aspects of their design? Are they organised enough to work to deadlines and turn around requests quickly? I am always amazed at the number of customers we win because they now loath picking up the phone to their web designer!

Will you be able to make changes on the website easily once it is live?

For your website to rank well with Google, and to avoid it becoming out of date, it will be easier all round if you can make changes yourself. This can range from simple text changes to creating new pages and uploading documents, images, and video. If you have to go back to your web designer for all changes you will soon be over spending, and usually this leads to your website falling out of date. So ask this before you start, and maybe ask to see how changes can be made on websites they have previously built.

What language will the site be built in?

This will turn out to be vital! If you fall out with your web designer, or your web designer goes bust, how easy would it be to get someone else to manage your website? Global River stick to “Open Source” solutions that are widely used – WordPress, Magento, Joomla, Droopal. These system s all have their own Content Management systems at their heart. They  are globally used and have been honed to be very user friendly. As they are so widely used it will be no problem to change web designer if you need to, putting you in control. It also has the added benefit of being on a platform that is being constantly updated, often for free! If your web designer uses his own content management system (CMS) you will almost certainly find you are stuck with them, and may also find your website falling out of date quickly.

How will if fare in the Google Rankings?

If your web designer has little or no understanding of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) you run the risk that your website will not appear on Google searches. As most people assume that a new website will rank better than the old one, we find many of our SEO customers just after the launch of a new website! If the new site has not been written with SEO in mind, the enquiries often dry up over night.

How much do you want to pay?

As in any market web design comes in a wide range of price points. I have summarised this as follows:

  • Less than £1000 – You will get a brochure site based on a template of some description. This will get you a web presence with enough information for people to check your services and get in touch.
  • £1000 – £2500 – This could buy you the services of a sole trader who if they have both design and technical skills could build you a reasonable website. For this price point they will often use themes, which are more flexible templates. These work well if your ideas and services fit in ok and if you don’t want to develop it further once it is finished.
  • £2500 – £6000 – For this you should get a bespoke service. Marketing advice to help make sure you get your messages across, design ideas that you love, and a well built website with an easy to use globally recognised content management solution

If “How to choose a Web Designer” has been useful why not give us a call and get more great ideas on how to make your website project a success!

Read more posts by Jon

This article was posted 5 months ago and is filed under Global River News, Web Design.

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