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If you were to do a search for a “website design” or “web design company”, you would be met with millions of matches. There are many great web design companies but your chances of working with one at random are not very good, so you should take the time to qualify the website designers or companies before deciding which one to use. Making sure that you hire a reliable and skilled website designer will make sure that your project comes in on time and to the specifications that you require.
Here are 5 great questions that you can ask before you decide to hire a web design company:
What is your website design process?
The best website designers involve their clients in the process at specific milestones, so that they can proceed in the right direction without the need for as much adjustment after the fact. They should have an interview or survey that they require you to fill out so that they can understand what your expectations are and gather some feedback on your likes or dislikes. Regularly meeting and discussing the next steps, is more of an individual preference and if you would rather be more hands-on or hands-off, finding a web design company that matches your needs will yield the best results.
How do you stay up to date on all of the latest design trends and technologies?
Good designers have to have their fingers on the pulse of new trends and design tactics. Keeping their skills up to date will allow all of their clients, including potentially you, to benefit from the knowledge and skills that will be reflected in the final product. If the web design process isn’t up to date you may have to get additional work done to your website before you would have otherwise had to.
What is the most important aspect of web design?
There are two sides to good website design and it is beneficial to get an expert in each to have the best possible web design; rarely one person can do both at the same level. There is the design side (flow, user interface, graphics) and the coding side (html5, css, functionality). A great web design company will have at least a person for each side to give you the best possible website for both look and feel.
Can you give me examples of your best previous work and your worst previous work?
Asking these questions will give you a sense of what the website designers are capable of, as well as some of the examples of conflict that has occurred in the past. By taking a look at the highest highs and lowest lows you get a full sense of the company and can make an informed decision about hiring them.
What is you conflict resolution process, if, say I was to disagree with your design?
With the best website designers there is a balance between fulfilling the customer’s demands and producing great work. It is difficult for the unsuccessful or new designers to discuss the drawbacks of a particular change that might cause conflict with a client. Unless you know website design yourself always hold the web design company’s suggestions as professional opinion.