Everyone wants a beautiful website to compliment their amazing business that they are currently running or planning on launching. Most people are not going to spend the hours that it takes to build a site on WordPress by themselves. They are going to hire an expert to help them on this entrepreneurial journey.
After almost six years of running my businesses, I have actually lost count of how many site designs I have had. Also, the numerous bad designers and developers I worked with. It was truly a learning experience to say the least. A costly experience several times with people getting over on me. They are no longer in business either. Here are some questions you need to ask your next website designer or developer.
- Can you provide a list of 3-5 references I can contact? – extremely important
- Do you do this full-time or as a part-time side business?
- How long have you been doing website design or development?
- What is your process for working with clients?
- What is the average cost of doing a project with you? – be specific towards your needs.
- How are payments broken down for projects?
- What is the typical turn-around time for your projects?
- When can you start working on the project?
- Do you have a design process such as: head sketching, then illustrator, and finally building on a server?
- What do you need from me before we start?
- By having you design my site will I see a return on my investment? – touch on things such as: conversion rate, increase traffic, decrease bounce rate, and anything else you think of.
- Will my site automatically be mobile responsive for devices?
- Will the site be supported by retina screens?
- Are you designing a custom site to my needs or building off a template?
- Who will own the rights to my site once you are done?
- Do you offer maintenance or training or post-launch support?
- Will you be doing any outsourcing or subcontracting for my project or will it all be in-house?
One of the most important things about your website designer or developer is that you trust them. I was blinded the first couple times I hired people. I didn’t know the ins and outs of businesses and trusted my business with them. Right now, I work with Davon. We have forged on both ends a bond of trust. He gets my business needs and does it before I say it. Which is a wonderful thing to have in a developer or designer.
Don’t be afraid by the techie talk they speak to you. You can always google terms you don’t know or understand. Find the right person who meets your companies needs, no need to rush a launch.
Are you currently seeking a website designer for your new project? What questions did you ask before hiring them?