Hiring a web designer can be a difficult task, especially if you’ve never done it before. Knowing what to look for at a website designer, and what questions to ask the candidates you are considering, can make the difference between finding the perfect fit for your projector fighting to make it work with the wrong provider. Let’s take a look at 8 of the most important questions you should ask when hiring a web designer.
What kind of experience do you have?
Experience is important, but not the way you think. Many companies are looking for web designers who have a lot of experience working on projects just like theirs. While it’s helpful to have been involved in projects in your area, the reality is that any web designer or agency worthy of being hired will be able to acquire the necessary knowledge in the industry if you decide to work with them.
When hiring a web design team, look for a variety of experiences and for companies that have worked to solve very different challenges. Many people are only looking for companies that specialize in their industry or type of site, but hiring a web designer that focuses solely on your type of project actually limits you in several ways. A varied experience can often be more beneficial to your business than someone who is singularly focused on one thing, even if it applies to your project.
Learn about the experience of a web designer, not so that you can find a specific focus on your type of business or website, but so that you can understand the extent of the work they are doing or did.
Can I see your portfolio?
Asking questions about the experience is a great first step, but you also want to review the work they have done.
By reviewing some of their past projects, you can get an idea of their design capabilities and ensure that web design best practices, such as responsive web design or optimized performance, is part of that portfolio and are present in their designing skills.
When you’re looking at a portfolio, it’s helpful for the web designer you’re considering to mention a few key projects and ask them to talk about that commitment. This will allow you to know the challenges they faced and how they met them.
In addition to the specific sites that a designer can present, you will also want to browse the portfolio on your own to see some of the work that they have not specifically called in their presentation. A portfolio of companies that this designer has worked with is also a great way to get phone numbers to call for real referrals for that provider.
What are you spending?
The price should not be the # 1 consideration you have when hiring a web designer, but anyone who says that the price is not a factor is a liar. The cost of a commitment is important, so it’s helpful to know in advance what a designer is charging. While they may not be able to give you a firm price for your particular project, it is helpful to know their hourly rate as well as the costs of some of their previous projects.
When browsing their wallets with them, find out about the prices of these projects. They may only be able to give you a general range of numbers because of the privacy concerns of customers, but even an approximate price can help you determine whether a provider is in your budget or not.
What are your current support options?
The relationship between a company and a web designer does not end once the new website has been launched. Successful websites are often the result of long-term positive relationships between a Web Professional and his or her client. It is important to know from the outset what kind of support is available to plan future needs and build a long and successful relationship.
Who will own the site?
You might think that you want to automatically own a site that you have paid someone to design for you. But if the designer is an independent contractor and not an employee of the company, you do not own the site without a “work made for hire” or a “copyright assignment” agreement expressly stating that you own the complete design and all the content.
What are your fees and payment terms?
It is crucial to establish the full costs for the design, publication and maintenance of your website from the start. You will also need to know if the webmaster prefers to be paid on time or on a monthly allowance. If the webmaster is designing a new site for you to find out if you will have to pay for hosting and domain name registration fees.
Other important payment issues: Are there overtime for workloads after regular office hours and on weekends or holidays? What is the frequency of bill payments due – every 30, 60 or 90 days? And are there any interest charges for late payment?
What does your availability look like?
Good web designers are often booked for a period of time and they may not be able to start working on your project immediately.
It’s helpful to know what this designer’s schedule looks like, especially if your project is time-sensitive and needs to be completed by a specific date.
When asking questions about availability, also try to get an idea of the timeline of your project. These two elements will help you determine if your hope date “go live” is realistic or not.
If you plan to work with a web agency, you may encounter a sales representative as the first point of contact. There is nothing wrong with that, but you will also want to meet the designers and development team you will be working with before you start a business. Having a good relationship with a sales professional is one thing, but making sure you work well with the team that will create your new site is important to the success of your project and you should be able to meet these professionals during the selling process.
Hiring a web designer for your next project is an important decision. By asking the right questions, you are doing your part to make sure you select the right team to make your project a success. Get the best team for your desired project of web design, just contact us and ask us questions you had in mind, our expert is at your service 24/7.