things to look for
in a web designer
10[+] things to look
for in a Web Designer
- Look at examples of their work. If
they do not have examples of websites which fit your industry,
does it look like they understand their client companies, or
are they only producing pretty sites?
- Do they give you a content management
system so you can update the site once it is launched? If not
what are the charges for maintenance? What are the guaranteed
turn-around times for changes briefed to them?
- Do they provide a schedule to completion?
What guarantees are there that they will hold to the schedule?
- How many revisions of the design will
they allow? How many draft designs will they provide for you
to choose from?
- How long do they guarantee the site
for – and the content management system?
- Is the code used to build the site
their own, or is it licensed from another company?
- Is the source code open source, or
- Will they provide the source code and
copyright for the site to you? (In the event they disappear
into the night while you intend to keep going for some time yet).
- How long have they been in operation?
Who is on their client list? Can you see their portfolio? Do
they have any reference clients?
- Do they only consider your website,
or do they consider how the website relates to your total corporate
communications package? Will the site be integrated with your
- Do they understand branding, corporate
identity, client relationship management, or do they only produce
- Have they considered how the website
will work for your company? What your clients want? That the
site prove its value either as a profit centre or positive opportunity
cost, rather than a just a cost?
- Are they graphic designers who also
do websites, or corporate communicators who do websites?
- Do they look like art students, or businessmen?