A company, be it a small business or a large one, requires a good website. After all, it is your website that is the representative of your business in the World Wide Web. People judge your business by having a look at its website. If that is itself not up to the mark, then you will be losing out on a considerable number of clients or customers. A website is like a first impression; hence, it has to be good.
Given the fact that the IT world is full of web design and development companies, it is quite natural to get overwhelmed and confused. Here are a few points that you should consider before judging if a certain web development company is good or bad.
This is obvious. You need skilled people working for you; otherwise, it is as good as assigning the project to just about any company you want with your eyes blind-folded. Make sure that you ask the company about their team and experience; the type of projects that they have handled and their strong points. If you need some tailor-made features in your site, you should make sure that the team working in the company is well-equipped to do the job.
- A Team that is a Master of One rather than being a ‘jack of all trades’
The team in the company should people who are individually talented. Each and every person should be excellent in the aspect of web design that he or she handles. Teams that have many people working on different aspects of web design often turn out to be bad at work.
- Testimonials, Recommendations and Referrals
You should always take recommendations very seriously. These are what tell you about the quality of service of a company. Ask a friend or a colleague if he or she can refer a good web design company. Ask the company to give you the testimonials of real clients that you can get in touch with.
- Unique or Template Based
Do not just believe a company if it says that it has a wide experience in the niche of web design. Instead, view their portfolio to see the kind of works that they have done. Viewing the company’s portfolio can give you an idea about their capability, and if they are using templates instead of custom designs for creating websites. Ask the company about the custom web design that they have done and go through the designs to find out if those are good enough.
- An In-house Team
See if the team members work in the office or the company outsources the projects to freelancers.
If you are planning to hire a local website designer, try to meet the person and his or her team to find out how they work. Meeting the team is a good idea as it helps you decide if they are capable enough to work for you. i.e., if they have the expertise to produce the designs that you want for your site.
- Time and Reliability
Launching a site is a time sensitive process. So, you should make sure that the company that you are hiring is capable of meeting deadlines in an effective way. The best way to find out if a certain firm is good at meeting deadlines is to call up their previous clients. These people are quite unlikely to lie.
Now that you know the qualities that you need to consider when hiring a web design company, get started with your research today to get hold of a capable web design firm.
Author’s bio: Simon Swift has been a web design professional for the past 7 years. He has recently opened a web design company. Please visit out website to find out more about him and his company.