If you are looking to hire a web designer, then here’s a short list of questions that you should ask them before going ahead.
Here are some ideas on what you might want to ask to make sure that you find a professional and competent web designer.
When your website is launched, you want to know that you are not going to be left alone to run it.
You want Tech Support to make sure it keeps running efficiently, and also to help make changes over time.
2. Will my website be CMS based?
This means that you will be able to maintain it yourself – just like using a word processor. You want to be able to make all but the major changes yourself, quickly and promptly.
3. Is domain registration and hosting included?
These are 2 hidden costs that you might suddenly find yourself paying. So ask your Brisbane Web Designer if they are included in the website costs, so you don’t get hit with them later.
4. Are your websites Standards Compliant?
A standards compliant website follows the industry standards for coding websites. This is important because it makes it easier for Google and search engines to find your website. Nothing is more important.
Your website will view as expected on more browsers, be cheaper to maintain and will have lower bandwidth costs.
5. Do your websites load in all major web browsers?
With the numerous web browsing options available these days, it is important for your website to be browser compatible. Otherwise, a significant proportion of the web browsing community may not be able to read your website.
Web browsers include mobile devices such as phones and tablets, and either Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari.
Each web browser will display your website slightly differently, so knowing that it is compatible is vital.
6. What SEO services do you offer?
Effective SEO already occurs when website standards are followed.
But if being top of Google is important for you, and why wouldn’t it be, you may want to select a Brisbane Web Designer with specialist knowledge of SEO techniques and strategies.
If a company guarantees that your site will rank highest on Google, then it’s probably time to look around at other options as this is an impossible promise to keep.
And if they use ‘black-hat’ or ‘back-door’ techniques, you could get a total Google ban.
7. Where are you located?
Some web design companies operate “virtually”, which means they do not have an office or shop front. This will generally mean that their overheads are lower, and they can pass this on to you with lower web costs.
Expensive, flashy offices may feel good, but do not add to the performance of your website.
8. Where are your teams located?
A virtual web company will often out source their work to the cheapest bidder, which means you don’t always get the best results.
Make sure that the Brisbane Web Designer team leaders are locally based and that you can talk directly with the designer of your website.
9. What website platform do you use?
There are many software options, including CMS options, to build your website on. You should ask what platform your Brisbane Web Designer uses, the reasons why, and how this will benefit your website build.
10. What other services do you offer?
To make sure your website achieves the best results, some other skills that you might want your web designer to have include:
– Marketing Strategies and Planning
– Business Consulting
– Email marketing
– Social networking
In summary, there are some basic questions that you should ask and feel comfortable with the answer that your Brisbane Web Designer gives.