Choosing A Web Designer : A Plan to Guide You Through The Minefield

Written by Robin Porter


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If you opted to go overseas,repparttar websites already mentioned have ratings systems which can help you decide, and you can also send and receive private messages to ask questions.

Get Quotes

Once you have your shortlist, you can get quotes. For a straightforward website this can be a simple fixed price – for a more complicated project that is likely to evolve, you may just want to get a budget price at this stage, and then pin down details and a fixed price with your preferred bidder later. Always specify your expected timeframe for completion when obtaining quotes as this can affect prices.

Get References

Once you have your preferred bidder, get references. Any established web designer will be able to provide details of satisfied clients. Email them and ask if they were happy withrepparttar 143653 service received, ifrepparttar 143654 job was completed on time, how unforeseen problems were dealt with etc.

Remember to trust your instincts: If you are not entirely happy withrepparttar 143655 references you obtain, walk away and select another designer.

Appoint your web designer

You now have a fixed price, references, and confirmed timescale for your project. Now appoint your designer!

Most have standard agreements –read them carefully, and if in doubt get your legal adviser to look them over. Make sure timescales and project milestones are specified, as well as payment terms. Find out how alterations to your project are dealt with – in terms of cost and delays – and how disputes if they arise would be settled.

Finally, when you are completely happy, sign onrepparttar 143656 dotted line and look forward to a productive working relationship with your web designer!



© 2005 Robin Porter.

Robin Porter has been CEO of of London based web designer Arpey Internet for over six years.




Website Design - Choosing Your Colors Wisely

Written by Shell Harris


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Negatives: Warning, danger and cheapness

Purple -repparttar color of nobility Purple combinesrepparttar 143640 stability of blue andrepparttar 143641 energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes wisdom, dignity, independence, power, nobility, luxury and ambition. According to surveys, almost 75 percent of pre-adolescent children prefer purple. Purple is a very rare color in nature leading people to consider it to be artificial.

Negatives: Cruelty, arrogance, mourning, profanity, exaggeration and confusion

Beige and Gray -repparttar 143642 color of neutrality As neutrals, they can be used in combination with almost all colors and still work well visually. Lighter hues of each make for good readability and backgrounds, but you must use hints of bright color or else you website can lose any visual pop or visual interest. Gray works well in office environments and promotes productivity and stimulates creativity.

Negatives: Apathy, dull, drab, monotonous, somber and smoky

Brown -repparttar 143643 color of reliability Solid, reliable brown isrepparttar 143644 color of earth and is abundant in nature. It implies simplicity, reliability, earthiness, comfort and durability. Be careful as brown can be perceived in muchrepparttar 143645 same way as beige: dull and drab. Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors. Maroons go well with this color and speak to professionalism, like rich dark leather.

Negatives: dirty, drab, sad, boring and unwanted

Black -repparttar 143646 color of sophistication Black speaks to power, sophistication, formality, elegance, wealth, mystery and style. Black can make color burst fromrepparttar 143647 web page, especiall if it is a bright color. It is a natural classic color and never goes out of style. Too much black can darken a mood and affect emotions very easily. When designing for a gallery of art or photography, a black or gray background can be used to makerepparttar 143648 other colors stand out.

Negatives: Death, unknown, fear, dark, sad, threatening, wicked, morbid and dangerous

The color of success We take every part of our design process seriously and few things are as important as your choice of colors for your website. Colors have a larger impact on your viewers than any other part ofrepparttar 143649 design and can affect your site's success. Color is immediate, emotional and memorable. If you have a website, try this simple test. Look at it for a few moments and write downrepparttar 143650 feelings and words that come to mind. If your colors aren't telling yourepparttar 143651 same story as your content it may be time to look at changing your color scheme.

Shell Harris is the Art Director at Big Oak Website Design. He provides proven results for Website Design & promotion. More articles can be found at http://bigoakinc.com/seo-articles/seo-articles.php

This article may be freely reprinted as long as all links and author information remain.


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