E-commerce is continuously growing with more and more people bringing in their normal transactions from the table to the dashboard of their websites. Since the discovery of the World Wide Web, people from all over the world have found it easier to transact with other people from other countries through the internet. All they need to do is buy a domain name, build a website, buy online marketing tools such as shopping carts and merchant accounts, and of course design the entire online shop.
Web design works both ways: it basically guides the customers around the website and advertises the quality of service as well. People go for websites that look decent, are well updated, and that actually work. A lot of online businesses that are badly done with crummy lay-outs, use of colors, and even an inactive site navigation age usually donâ€™t end up as money-making machines. Therefore if you are planning on becoming one of the many online businessmen and women, web design and lay-out should be one of your major priorities and investments. Having an expensive website and all the merchandise to be sold wonâ€™t do you good if you do not have the interesting, welcoming, and (in simple terms) cool storefront to display to the online public.
Many people donâ€™t understand the important of having a good website for their business. Getting this part right will help to get your visitors to stay on the website longer and do business with you. You need to know that they donâ€™t know or care about you and your website, they just want to get what they want and leave. If your website cannot provide the information or products they looking for, they will simply go elsewhere. You must you are NOT the only one that providing your services or products.
If you want a good website, first you would need to know what to look for. Thereâ€™s a simple way to find this out â€“ visit your competitorsâ€™ website. Make a list of all the common things they all have, for example â€“ logo on the top left, font size is 14 pixel, white backgroundâ€¦etc. So you start with the layout and then the copy, images, colors and so on. Having these information will be help you or your web designer or design company in making a better website for your business.
If you are planning to outsource the website work to a freelancer or company you should first check to see if they are familiar with your industry, and if not, ask them if they will research your industry and how much time they will spend on that. The better the freelancer/company understands your industry and customers, the better your website will be. If you want to be sure that they fully understands your industry, you can always provide them with the information upfront. This could actually cut down the overall cost of your website.
Now there are a lot of good web design companies you find on Google. Some of these can be good and cheap but majority of the time, you will get what you pay for. So talk to them on the phone, look at their portfolio, maybe call a few of their clients up to get some feedbacks from them. You can also do a search for their company name in Google or Yahoo and see if thereâ€™s any blog and forum comments about their service.