You want a new or renewed website. How can you get one?
With thousands of website designers and developers, from individual freelancers to huge agencies, how do you choose the right web design and website development company?
There are many things to consider. The first step: visit their website. And visit websites they created.
• Do you like the navigation system?
• Are the pages available with no broken links? Typos?
• How does the site do in Google, Bing, Yahoo when you search for their product in their geographic area ( example: website design Orange County NY)
• Can the site be viewed on small smartphones and large monitors?
• Is it scalable/responsive?
• Is the overall design consistent and nice?
• Do all their sites look alike?
• Can the phone number and contact page be found easily?
• Are details about the company including location, services offered, the staff and more easy to find?
• Are things aligned properly?
• Is the text easy to read?
• Do the pages load fast?
• Is a lot of scrolling required?
• Is there a portfolio with active links so you can view real live sites?
• Does the site make use of the pleasing photos, images and colors?
• Are page titles appropriate and informative?
• Can you reach a live body at the phone number… or at least get a call back within a reasonable time frame?
• Can you get a list of references to contact?
We believe if you don’t like a web designer’s website, philosophy or attitude, you probably won’t want them to design your site.
Check their portfolio and see if their style is right for you.
I’m surprised that many website designers have few or even NO samples of actual websites, with links to the sites they created. Hiring them seems like a huge leap of faith.
If you see websites you like, give them a call. Or meet them, if possible.