How to Hire The Right Web Design Firm

Written by Jim D. Ray

How to Hire The Right Web Design Firm by Jim D. Ray

Regardless whether you manage a small business, charitable organization, or Fortune 500 company, choosingrepparttar right web design firm can quickly become a full-time research project. With thousands of design firms to choose from, what factors truly determine which design firm is best for your business?

The primary considerations for choosing a web design firm are:

* Price * Customer service/access to support * Credibility indicators ofrepparttar 139314 design firm * Portfolio and design experience * Other services offered (domain renewal, hosting, SEO) * Turnaround time

Let’s take a closer look at each consideration in detail, and explore how to identify and qualifyrepparttar 139315 right design firm.


Like many products and services we purchase, both personally and professionally, deciding on a web design firm can often come down to price. Butrepparttar 139316 value ofrepparttar 139317 services rendered is really what’s important. A $200 web site usually turns out to look, feel and perform like a $200 web site.

The price of your site’s development will depend on three factors:repparttar 139318 features ofrepparttar 139319 site,repparttar 139320 amount of content, andrepparttar 139321 service options included withrepparttar 139322 design package, such as hosting.

Because pricing varies by firm, here are several principles to use when determiningrepparttar 139323 validity and value of a web design quote:

* Doesrepparttar 139324 quote state one all-inclusive price forrepparttar 139325 entire project? * Is there a reoccurring monthly fee for hosting? * Isrepparttar 139326 site custom-built, or is it customization of an existing template? * Is there a separate fee for content development, such as writing sales copy? * Is domain registration/management included inrepparttar 139327 package? * Willrepparttar 139328 firm provide multiple design concepts, prior to actual development?

It’s important to compare quotes from at least three firms to, determinerepparttar 139329 value ofrepparttar 139330 services offered. Looking forrepparttar 139331 best value is important in a competitive service market.

Customer Service

There’s nothing worse than signing with a firm that offers a great product, only to find out they are impossible to contact. Consistent, open contact with your web design firm is important for ensuring success before, during, and after your web site is developed.

Throughoutrepparttar 139332 design process, you may identify text, photos, or contact information you’d like to change beforerepparttar 139333 site goes live. If you have immediate questions regarding your site’s development, you’ll be glad to have immediate contact with customer support staff by e-mail, telephone, or live chat.

If you are limited to e-mail technical support, consider other firms that offer a wider range of customer service options such as telephone and live chat support. E-mail is great for convenience – when it’s convenient.

Credibility Indicators

Identifying “credibility indicators” can help ensure a firm is trustworthy, and will be around after your deposit or full payment is sent. Credibility indicators include, but are not limited to:

The Quick, Easy and Affordable Way to Build a Website.

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