Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Web Designer

Websites serve as the face of your business.

A good, up-to-date, and mobile-friendly website is one of the key marketing tools that can lead to the success of your business. It can even generate you with more leads than any other method present in the industry. 

However, on the other hand, a bad website design can damage your credibility and even hurt your SEO.

Therefore, searching and hiring a good web designer is a crucial part that requires you to do the proper interview and assessment process. 

To help you with your search and decision-making, we have listed 10 questions below that you should ask first before hiring a web designer.

  • 1. Other than Web Design, what other services do you offer?

A good web design firm, aside from web design, can also offer business-boosting services such as logo designing, brand building, advertising, and SEO and online marketing services. Just make sure that they are experts of the field, knows your brand well, are true to their words, and communicates your design focus well

  • 2. Who will be working on the website?

It is very important for you to know the people behind the building process of your website design and create constant communication with them. A good team will fulfill your vision and at the same time convey their own creativity. Whether they work independently or distribute the tasks to a team of programmers, graphic designers and writers, you should always know who can talk and communicate detailed reports about the website to you.

  • 3. Do you have a portfolio of your previous works?

To help you assess their style and quality, you can always ask for a portfolio of their previous work. In this way, you will have an idea of what to expect with their writing, graphic style, quality of service and level of expertise.

  • 4. Do you also produce content?

Aside from interesting captions and comprehensive images, a good web designer will offer easy to understand, high quality and captivating content that will keep readers on your page. Content is very important for SEO which can boost your website’s search rankings.

  • 5. How long will it take to complete the project?

When all web design requirements are communicated, a web designer should be able to give you a timeframe of the project. Also consider giving extra time for delays and other unexpected issues or changes in the web design. Make sure you communicate everything well with your designer so that they will be able to meet your needs.

  • 6. Will I be able to see the project’s progress?

It helps if you will have the chance to see at least the basic progress of the website while it is being built. This will enable you to comment starting from the graphics during the process and avoid any major issues and changes at the end of the project. It’s better to be able to suggest revisions upfront rather than leaving you wondering how the project feels until the end.

  • 7. What do you need from me before you start?

By asking this question, the web designer will get the chance to know your preferences in terms of images, passwords, and content to be added on your site, and you will be able to provide those if you want. By doing so, delays and other future issues will be prevented.

  • 8. Will I be able to make updates? 

Some web designers will allow you to make future updates to the website using a content management system like WordPress, while some will only allow updates to be done by them with an added expense on your end. Know this information beforehand so that you can decide whether or not you will expect changes in the future that will be relevant to your business.

  • 9. Will my website be SEO friendly?

An SEO friendly website should be your top priority. SEO will help you boost your website’s ranking on search engines. It is much better to know first if the web designer will integrate SEO on your website’s code from the start of the project. You’ll be surprised how many websites do not have SEO which means google can’t find your site. 

  • 10. When the website is complete, will I own it?

Lastly, be sure to know whether you will have the ownership of the website when it is completed or not. Some may require a price for the continuous operation of the site while some will allow you to own it and have your own domain name and hosting account.

There are still many other questions you can ask before you hire a web designer, but these 10 will help you to have a good start. As you go on with your interview, you will discover more information about your future web designer.

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