When you don’t have the time or resources to build your own website, outsourcing to a professional web designer is supposed to make things easier. However, if you’re not careful, it may actually complicate things.
Your web designer may not have your goals, budget, or timeline in mind when building your site. To avoid this, there are certain questions you’ll need to ask before they get started.
Below are several questions to ask when building a website via an outside web designer. Read this before you hire.
How Much Will It Cost?
The first step to finding out how much it will cost is asking how their pricing works. Find out how they calculate the price of their services. Ask for an estimate of how much your project will cost.
Which of their services do you need? And how much are they?
Check different companies and compare price quotes. Someone else’s pricing plan may be better suited to your needs.
How Good Are They?
Find out how qualified they are to help you. What kind of credentials do they have? How have their services helped others?
How do they rate on review sites? Check Yelp, Facebook, Google Places, and other user-submitted review sites.
Did their past clients see shallow or lasting results? You may want to ask their clients about this too.
Also, don’t take their word for it. Make sure you ask them to provide case studies and other proof of their answers.
How Long Will Building Your Website Take?
First of all, how long do you need/want it to take? Can this company get it done in time?
How many of their services do you need? And how well-staffed are they to complete your website?
Find out how long they think it will take and why they think so. Then, come up with a deadline that you can both agree on.
If you make them promise to complete by a specific date, they won’t want to break it. They’ll work hard to get it done in a timely fashion.
Do Their Services Match Your Goals?
What are your goals for your website? Making sales, making connections or something else? Does this web designer specialize in these goals?
One essential thing to check is if they design for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). SEO is necessary if you want to rank high enough in search engine results to get noticed by internet users. Not every business needs this, but most depend on it.
But not all web designers practice SEO. Some are only involved in the look and technical aspects of the site. If you need your website optimized, make sure SEO is one of the services your web designer is providing you.
Can They Be Trusted?
You may be held accountable for anything they post on your behalf, or any security risks resulting from lousy programming. Find out if you are. Check out the legal implications of the work they are doing on your behalf.
Also, do they have a warranty in case of website glitches or viruses? What does it cover and how much does it cost? Make sure you are taken care of after the work is done, so you are not left to fend for yourself.
Questions to Ask When Building a Website
Now you know what questions to ask when building a website. Save these for reference and use them when you meet with your web designer.
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