Choosing the right designer for your small business can be hard if you do not know what you should look for. Here is a simple guide that you can use to make sure you ask the right questions and make an educated decision every time.
Any company can say they have great designs but we believe a company’s portfolio should speak for itself. To adequately judge a website you must look at:
- Quality of Design
- Ease of Use
- Initial Impressions
- How sites compare to others in the same industry
- Consistent look throughout each the entire website
- Navigation is located at the top or left side of the website
This aspect is much harder to judge unless you are familiar with web technologies. However, this can be just as important as a good design. A few things to look for and ask when looking for a web design company are:
- Do their sites load quickly?
- Does the company put an emphasis on Search Engine Optimization?
- Does the company use templates?
- Does the company test on Mac and PC?
- Does the company have a testing environment and backups?
- Does the company host their own sites or use an outside company?
Attention to DetailsSometimes the smallest things can make the difference. Look for:
- Page titles – each page should be unique and descriptive
- Copyright statement on every page
- Use of contact forms rather than published email addresses
This article was written and provided by Josh Collins, a multimedia designer in the Kansas City area. He has designed user interfaces and websites ranging from small business sites to large social network websites. His recent work includes:
Logicbright.com an easy to use web based contact manager