Choosing a web designer is a process that may bring up many questions. Thankfully, many web designers are more than willing to answer questions, and the best web design company for your project will leave you feeling confident that they are the right people for the job. Of course, the first step in hiring an Edmonton web design company is figuring out which questions to ask, and it's important to know that some questions are more relevant than others.
Below are four questions you should ask every designer you interview, no matter the type or size of your future website:
What is Your Design Process and How Long will it Take?
When choosing a web designer, you can actually set up the expectations, project milestones, work schedule, turnaround times for the first and subsequent drafts, and the typical launch time frame yourself. All of this can be put in writing as a part of your contract and used for reference, when needed. The web designer's project brief or creative outline should always come with a turnaround time and launch time frame.
What Would You Change About My Current Site?
Asking the designer what they think of your current site and what they would do to change it will give you an idea of how they think and their plans for your design. This question is also a quick way to test whether or not the design company has done their homework on your business and actually looked at your website. Take notes based on their explanations of how and why they're changing your site and their strategies for doing so.
What Will I Be Charged for and How Will I Be Charged?
To avoid erroneous charges, you should ask upfront what you'll be charged for and how you'll be charged by the web designer. There are some designers who will charge for everything right down to phone calls about project strategy. On the other hand, there are also designers who will only charge when there's a major project addition.
Site additions will typically be billed by the hour, and come with an estimate for this hourly rate. Some companies, however, will charge by project. So, it's good to be clear on how you'll be billed and what their billing policies are.
How Can the Content on My New Site Be Updated in the Future?
This may be a point of contention for many, as there are some web design firms who hijack their clients' websites, making it impossible for them to make any changes themselves and instead, charge for every single update. Be sure to ask your Edmonton web design company about their update process and whether or not they'll use content management software (CMS) to design your site. If CMS is used, you'll be able to update your site whenever you choose.
Got questions? We've got answers! Call us to discover the world of possibilities that await when you choose Mediashaker for web design.