Looking for someone to help with your next business website? First, ask these 10 important questions to any web designer to avoid major project issues. Tip: a good idea is to conduct a phone interview or meet in person and ask these key questions.
1. CAN YOU SEND ME A LIST OF SITES THAT YOU HAVE DESIGNED PREVIOUSLY?
Ask for concrete live working examples of sites the web designer has completed for other clients and express that you don’t want screenshots or mockups. Seeing a live website will give you an idea of the person’s attention to detail.
2. HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
Find out if you will pay a flat fee for the entire site or if you will be charged per hour for the requests. Some web designers will charge per design or for each page of the site. Make sure the fee you will pay covers what you need.
3. WILL I HAVE A PROJECT MANAGER OR A CENTRAL CONTACT?
It is important to determine if you will have a specific person to contact and get updates about your website. This will ensure that the team dedicated to designing your website works with the ideas you want.
4. HOW MANY ROUNDS OF REVISIONS AM I ALLOWED TO HAVE?
Determining and scheduling how many meetings to review work on your website design is important. You must know if they will be every certain period and have a timeline on when the project will be finished.
5. WHAT ARE YOUR PAYMENT TERMS?
When it comes to payments, it is common to make an advance to start the work and settle the debt when the website is finished and suitable for what you are looking for. However, sometimes this remainder can be deferred at different stages during the process.
6. WHAT SUPPORT DO YOU OFFER AFTER THE SITE GOES LIVE?
Ask the web designer if maintenance is included in your contract or if they have any monitoring packages. This is important if a crisis arises if the site goes down or gets hacked.
7. DO YOU START FROM TEMPLATES OR BUILD CUSTOM SITES?
There is a big difference if the team and the web designer usually work from templates or if they make custom websites. If they use templates, ask about licenses, if any other site uses the same one they will use in yours or if it will be updated to avoid problems in the future. If it is a customized website, ask if they carry out all the necessary tests to know that it runs properly and nothing is out of place.
8. HOW LONG DO TYPICAL WEBSITE DESIGN PROJECTS TAKE?
Each website and the needs of each client require different working times. But you can ask the average time a website similar to yours takes to be finished. This will give you an idea of the phases of work and how much time is required in planning the launch of your website.
9. WILL IT BE A RESPONSIVE WEBSITE THAT WORKS ON MULTIPLE MOBILE DEVICES?
People access websites from different devices such as different types of smartphones or even tablets. The common thing today is that websites are responsive and adapt to computers, smartphones, tablets, and other personal devices with internet access, especially during loading times. Ask if the design will be optimized for mobile devices or if it will just be a version of the website.
10. WHAT SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION DO YOU DO FOR THE SITE?
It is important to know if the content of the website will be made with at least basic technical search engine optimization (SEO) during its realization. SEO represents the main way to make your website appear (index) in the search engine results for your target audience to find you.
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If you have any other questions to ask a web designer, contact a professional that can answer every doubt you have. BMT Agency is available for you to develop the website you have in mind.