Connect 2 the Net Web Talk

Articles and information for business owners on how to maintain and gain a successful web presence. This blog is sponsored by Patricia Smith, of Yellowbelly Web Design and Cynthia Mackey, of Winning Strategies.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Hiring a Professional Web Designer

Hiring a web site designer is a great option for the busy business or non-profit professional. This option allows you to gain the full benefit of an expert who can portray you business in a professional light. The key here is selecting the right person for what you want, and not wasting money or time in the process. Below are some suggestions to help:

Obtain Referrals From Trusted Friends, Family or Business Associates
A referral is always the best way to go. If you have relationships with someone such as a business partner who has a great web site, ask them who did it for them and would they hire the person/company again. If you are a member of a professional organization, consider asking them for referrals.

Check with Your Chamber of Commerce or Other Objective Party
Most chambers may supply a list of services when you are looking for something in particular. The fact that a web design firm is a registered member of a chamber may provide a sense of comfort with accessibility and reliability.

Google, Craig’s List and University Students
The Internet is an excellent way to find good designers and developers. However, be smart. Ask for references and portfolio of work they’ve actually completed. With students, you may be lucky enough to find someone is willing to give a price break just to break into the business.

Questions to ask when hiring a web designer:

  1. Ask to see samples of completed work – sometimes designers have different styles
  2. Ask for references – especially if you are working with someone from Craig’s List
  3. Ask about a timeline – so that you can establish an actual date to launch your web site
  4. Ask about pricing - gather realistic numbers so that you can define a budget

Should you need any help, or have any questions just write me a comment.

Please be sure to visit again, next time I will be talking about “Creating a Web Site Yourself” using online tools and software.

Pat Smith
Yellowbelly Web Design


At June 13, 2007 12:15 PM , Paul said...

The difference between a well thought out, modern website and a messy, unattractive one can mean the world when it comes to product credibility. Where I make my purchases and focus my attention in general on the web depends highly on the entire feel, lay out, and design of a website! Whether its simplicity or complexity, the website must grasp my attention and provoke my interest in whatever product or information is available.

- Paul S.


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