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Website Designer: Things to look for when having a web designer design your Business site

By January 4, 2018February 27th, 2018No Comments

When it comes to choosing a website designer to design your business website you might think it’s as simple as picking a designer with a nice portfolio. There is more to choosing a good website designer than that, though. Today I want to cover some of the things you should look for when you are hiring a designer to create your business site.

What to Look For in Your Business Website Designer

Below is a list of some of the must-have characteristics of any good business website designer.

  • Good communication!
  • A visually pleasing and unique portfolio.
  • Good references.
  • Passion for design.
  • Someone who is well spoken and understands how to articulate what you are asking of them.
  • Adherence to timelines.
  • Ability to work with milestones and incorporate regular “check-ins” into your project.
  • An understanding of basic software and programming languages needed, for example, WordPress, PHP, Photoshop, Illustrator, or Dreamweaver.
  • Ability to listen and deliver what you have requested rather than what they want to deliver.
  • Familiarity with your niche/industry/brand/business.
  • The ability to take constructive criticism and revise designs.

Even if you love a designer, if they don’t provide all around good service including the points noted above, then you need to keep looking!

What to Avoid in a Designer

In addition to the things you should be looking out for, there are also a few things that you should be wary of when hiring someone to design your business website. Always avoid a designer who…

  • Has an amateur looking portfolio.
  • Does a test project for you that does not meet the quality of their original portfolio.
  • Has no technical knowledge of design.
  • Has no access to or understanding of basic design programs – Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.
  • Refuses to provide you with source files when you have requested them at the beginning of your project together.
  • Goes MIA for long periods of time.
  • Has poor communication skills.
  • The work they did for you shows up on a Google image search as being for or being done by someone else.

I Can Help!

I have a few openings in my design schedule for new clients! If you would like to take advantage of one of these limited spots why not give me a call for a free consultation? You can reach me at 727-475-6460!

OPM John

Author OPM John

I've been digital marketing since the Commodore 64. I specialize in providing fully managed digital marketing and local SEO services for businesses. When I'm not managing a SMB presence, I post reputation, SEO, and social media management tips for business owners.

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