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

Written by Robin Porter

Choosing a web designer can seem like a daunting task. They come in all shapes and sizes – from freelancers working at home to glossy new media agencies, and there is as much variation in prices and service as there is in size.

So how do you chooserepparttar right one for your business?

Select Your Marketplace

Firstly, decide what market your would like to select from: local , national or overseas.

If you would feel more comfortable meeting your designer, and running through your project face to face (maybe it’srepparttar 143653 kind of project that needs to “evolve”) ,and your ethos is “quality of service” rather than “Pile ‘em high, sell ‘em cheap” then a local web designer is for you. They can usually provide better back up, and be able to meet face to face to discuss your project and iron out any problems should they occur.

If you are a bit more budget conscious, then it makes sense to select from a “wider pool”. Getting quotes from designers across your country will usually obtain a more competitive quote. What you lose in face-to-face service is made up for in cost savings, and all butrepparttar 143654 largest web projects can usually be sorted out via telephone and email these days.

Forrepparttar 143655 extremely cost conscious and value for money orientated (some would even say “brave”!) there isrepparttar 143656 overseas market. If you know exactly what you are looking for and can explain your project thoroughly and clearly in writing, then there are huge savings to be made. But what you save in price is invariably countered by having to do a little more work on your side – particularly when it comes to communication!

Finding Web Designers

To find a list of local web designers consult your Yellow Pages (or equivalent) or do a web search for “web designer “ + “your area”. Looking further a field, you can do a web search or check out directories such as . For overseas designers, go to web sites such as or,repparttar 143657 latter offeringrepparttar 143658 benefit of escrow and arbitration services.

Draw up a shortlist

Draw up a shortlist of 3 or 4 designers to speak to. You can do this by visiting their websites, getting a feel forrepparttar 143659 type and size of business they are and looking at their online portfolio. Then call them – ask them questions aboutrepparttar 143660 type of clients they work for, timeframes and any other technical questions you have. Get a feel for how they communicate – whether they are onrepparttar 143661 same wavelength as you.

Website Design - Choosing Your Colors Wisely

Written by Shell Harris

When designing a website choose colors wisely. Remember, colors convey emotions and emotions can heavily influence your decision-making process. Your choice of colors for your website should mirrorrepparttar message and/or feeling you to hope to communicate torepparttar 143640 viewer. Let's take a look at some colors and what they mean to you and your website.

Blue -repparttar 143641 color of stability Blue is a color of peace, harmony, tranquility, health, coolness, confidence, loyalty, conservatism, dependability and technology. Blue is a safe choice for most uses. It causesrepparttar 143642 brain to send off 11 chemical tranquilizers and is a wonderful calming color. It is a preferred color for corporate America, but avoid using blue when promoting food and cooking because blue suppresses appetite.

Negatives: Depression, coldness,obscenity, conservatism and winter

Red -repparttar 143643 color of passion Red isrepparttar 143644 color of passion, strength, energy, fire, love, excitement, speed, leadership and power. When using red in your website design it is best to us it as an accent color. This color does not usually work well with greens or purples ofrepparttar 143645 same intensity, causing a vibrating effect onrepparttar 143646 eyes. It is a perfect color for 'Buy Now' or 'Click Here' buttons on Internet banners and websites as it attractsrepparttar 143647 eye.

Negatives: Danger, fire, blood, war, anger, stop, revolution, radicalism and aggression

Yellow -repparttar 143648 color of ideas Yellow can convey sunlight, joy, happiness, optimism, idealism, wealth (gold), summer and hope. It isrepparttar 143649 brightest color and intellectuals love yellow. It takes more chemicals inrepparttar 143650 eye to seerepparttar 143651 color yellow. Websites targeting older people should look at other colors as yellow can make them feel anxious or angry.

Negatives: Cowardice, illness, hazards, dishonesty and avarice

Green -repparttar 143652 color of nature Green implies movement, nature, spring, fertility, youth, environment, money (US), good luck, safety and generosity. It isrepparttar 143653 most restful color forrepparttar 143654 human eye and it can improve vision. Green works well as an accent or secondary color. Use green to indicate safety when advertising products that may be considered dangerous, such as medicines. Olive green isrepparttar 143655 traditional color of peace.

Negatives: Inexperience, envy, misfortune, jealousy, illness and greed

Orange -repparttar 143656 color of energy Orange conveys creativity, confidence, balance, heat, enthusiasm, flamboyance and playfulness. Orange increases oxygen supply torepparttar 143657 brain, producing an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. It is highly accepted among young people. Orange is very effective for promoting food products and children's products such as toys.

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