So you want to get a website for your business, huh? It’s about time! Leaving a digital footprint is the way forward if you do not intend to be forgotten as a businessman or woman.
However, making the decision is the easy part, actualizing it is much harder. As you might guess, it is a bit hard to pick out an experienced web design provider for your website. We’ve put this guide together to make it much easier for you to do so.
KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
This may seem small but trust me, this is where most business owners fail. Never ask for just a website. Websites are meant to carry out different functions and so, along with your request for a website, you must also attach a list of functions that you need the website to do. For example, do you just want an official website of your business to be out there so people can find information about you or do you want to regularly upload content? Do you want to capture leads and contact information or do you want to make it easier for people to order your services online?
All these must be decided before your search even begins.
KNOW ABOUT SEO
SEO stands for search engine optimization. This simply has to do with understanding search engines and how they work so that you can do the right things to get your website to reach more people. If you want a website that can help grow your business, take a beginner course on search engine optimization.
KNOW WHERE TO CHECK
Next, you have to know where to search for the right website designer. One way to do this is to ask your friends and acquaintances for contacts. Be careful of making assumptions. Carry out your due diligence and screen whatever web designers you’re given.
Another way to do this is to check freelancing websites such as Upwork and Fiverr.
KNOW WHAT TO ASK
After doing the above, you will need to screen your options. One part of screening is asking questions. You can request for their portfolio which should offer practical projects that they have done. Ask them if they understand your needs. Be sure to ask what promises they can give you and how much time they will need. Do not forget to ask how much they charge.
KNOW HOW MUCH TO PAY
In order to do this, be sure to compare the prices being offered to you. However, remember that in the end, you need the best service. Do not lose that simply because of a few extra bucks. Compare prices so that you do not get ripped off.
Getting a website can benefit your business but only if it is done right. If it isn’t, you risk losing money on a pointless venture. Ensure that even before any money is exchanged, your web designer must have gained your trust by acting professionally and in a trustworthy manner.
If you plan to upload content on your website, an SEO course is compulsory. Also, ask your web designer how that can work out. Most designers are happy to put you through.