Anyone can build a website these days. And people do judge a business by its website. It is important to find the right company, so I’ve prepared some questions for you to interview your web designer or developer.
1) Is Web Hosting and Domain Registration Offered?
Most web design companies offer hosting, but don’t make assumptions. It is convenient to have one company handle the design, development, domain registration and hosting.
2) Does your Company use Templates or Custom Design?
Web designers often use templates. There are many attractive website templates available, and they can be a cost-effective option. If you prefer a customized look, see if the design company offers custom design.
A custom designed/developed site will cost more, but it will be designed specifically for your business. This is a more flexible solution designed around your business needs.
3) How much will it cost?
There are generally 4 costs to be aware of.
a) Domain registration
b) Web hosting
c) Design and Development
d) Ongoing marketing.
Be sure to clarify each cost, and note them in your budgeting.
4) Are your websites mobile friendly?
Many businesses are now receiving over 30% of their traffic from mobile phones. Ask the web site designer for some sites that you can check out on your phone. Then check them! What do you think?
5) What kind of tech support do you offer?
You need to know who to talk to if you need help. Some companies don’t offer phone support. If you want to be able to make a call, make sure you can.
6) Who maintains the site?
I’m big on training my clients on how to maintain their own websites. We also offer website maintenance to make sure the clients’ sites continue to improve. Be sure to select a website design company offers the options that work best for your business.
7) What website marketing services do you offer?
A great website isn’t so great if no one ever sees it. Find out if your website design company also offers, eMail marketing, social media, search engine marketing, graphic design and other marketing services.
8) Can I see some of your work?
Don’t just look at pictures of their work. Click around on at least 3 of their clients’ websites.
9) How can you help my business grow?
As important as the technical and design aspects of the website are, it is just as important to work with a company that knows and understands marketing.
Choose wisely, I hope that these questions help you make an informed decision for your business website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call on me. ~:-)