So you have decided that you will hire a web designer to build your website. You expect that the designer will come up with the right website design as you have chosen him carefully from your list of best web designers.
There are many things you need to know before approaching any web designers or web design companies. Read this short article to help you gain a better understanding of the web design industry.
There is no such thing as cheap website design. Be wary of designers who offer their service at a significantly lower cost than most designers. It is very likely that they have only just started out. Always ask to see work examples.
A good website design is created with usability and targeted audience in mind. Building a good website takes considerable time and cannot be delivered in a day or two.
As there are numerous browsers that users can readily download, web designers may not want you to know that each of the browsers has their own way of handling things. What this means is that your website may work perfectly well with one browser but not with the other. So you have to make sure that the website is at least functional on all browsers.
Another thing that most web designers do not want you to know is that your website does not have an identical look on all computers and screens. The website that you see on your own screen may appear differently on another screen depending on resolution or monitor.
Talk to your web designer, and make sure that your website looks decent on every monitor and resolution as possible.
Another example of the classic ‘beauty is in the eyes of the beholder’ is the font of your website. Not all computers display the exact appearance of the fonts. Personal computers may handle the fonts differently as compared to Mac computers. Your web designer should be able to carefully choose fonts applicable to all computers.
Many web designers do not also want you to know that site visitors will not automatically visit your website even if it’s already up and running. In order for your website to be popular, or to bringing in businesses, you will need to promote your website and make it search engine friendly.
Many web designers will not want to tell you that your website won’t be fully optimised for the search engines, which means that it’s not part of the website designing. Before the project starts, ask your web designer to optimise the website for you as part of the project. This way you will not only save time but also cost, because the optimisation work takes less time if done during the coding process. Having said that, not every web designer have the knowledge for this, but it’s always good to ask.
These are just a few common things that many web designers won’t normally tell you before starting a project. So do your homework before picking up the phone.