To make things clear from the beginning: hiring a web design company or a web designer is a much better solution than trying to do the job by yourself or having “a friend who knows his way around computers” do it for you.
If this is your first collaboration with a web design company, you should bear in mind that the relationship between you (the client) and the web designer is the key to a perfect final product. So, what can you do to get the most of your web designer?
1. Make sure you’ve selected the right web design company.
Turning to the right web design company or web designer is the first step toward a good-looking & effective website. If you are not sure where to start from, check out the web sites of similar businesses and save the ones you like.
Then, ask for recommendations and Google some web design companies in your area. Check out their past works and make a list of the ones that feel closest to your vision.
Make sure that the web design company has a diverse offer. Chances are if they’re not limited to creating a particular type of sites, they’ll be able to offer you a designer who shares your taste, aesthetics, and ideas!
2. Give detailed directions
Saying that you need a website done in three weeks doesn’t provide much of a starting point for the web designer. Once you have chosen a web design company, schedule a meeting and be prepared to convey your ideas and objectives in detail.
Start by explaining what your company does and what products and services you offer. Make a list of questions like:
– What are your objectives?
– What is your target audience?
– How do you want people to feel about your products?
– What functionalities do you need from the website?
– Do you have any special preferences in terms of appearance & colors?
Sharing links to web sites you like is also helpful.
3. Make sure you and the Web Designer are in the same boat.
Sharing your vision with the web design company is a great beginning, but that doesn’t mean your part is done! You need to be involved in the process from the beginning until the end. Its doesn’t always necessarily mean too much work, but, just be sure that you both are in the same boat.
It is wise to ask the designer to show you early sketches and concepts so that you can give him/her a feedback. Don’t be afraid to say what you dislike but again, bear in mind that you need to be clear and concrete. Simply saying “I don’t like it” doesn’t solve the problem. Say Is it the font that bothers you or would you prefer a different color? Speak up!
Clear communication will prevent frustrations on both sides; you won’t end up with a final product that is far from what you’d expected, whereas the web designer won’t have to go back to scratch after spending weeks creating an inappropriate web design!
4. Pay up on time – If possible, a little advance
Be willing to leave a small advance and make sure to pay on time. A positive vibe with the designer will always bring out the best service for you.
Many web design companies hire third parties, for instance web developers that will code the design. This is something that they’d have to cover themselves. Leaving a deposit/paying on time if the web design company asks you, will demonstrate good will from your side and motivate the designer to deliver the best quality work.
This is about it. We wish you all the very best for working alongside a web designer and get good results.