You've always been planning for a website designer to work on your site. Your plans are clear and you have prepared your content. Whats Next? How do you go about choosing the best web designer or web design company?

Step 1. Ask around. Ask friends or similar companies who have hired a web designer in the past. In addition to getting the contact numbers for web designers, ask what it's like to work with that person. Find out what happened during the design process and what they think of the submitted designs.

Step 2. Investigate your contact information. Use the Internet or your phone book to get the names and contact information of web design companies in your area. If you use the Internet, take a look at your previous work. Then contact each and request a quote.

Step 3. Review the portfolio of the web design company you choose. See if the designs are professional looking, clean and easy to use.

Step 4. Look at the experience of the web designer or web design company. How long has the person or company been in business? How many companies have they designed for?

Step 5. See if the designer or web design company is up to date with the latest trends in web marketing. Useful and profitable websites attract the right traffic with search engine optimization and usability and by employing web 2.0 strategies like social media marketing. Effective websites take SEO and usability seriously. See if your web designer has at least a basic understanding of both. For your website to be successful, you must be able to implement a successful internet marketing campaign.

Step 6. Observe the response time proposed by the web designer or web design company. Does it match the schedule of your company's plans?

Step 7. Review the web designer or web design company's terms of service and ownership of the website's files. See if you agree to the conditions set by the designer to work with you. See also the rights of who owns the end result and what sizes. If this is not clear from the start, you may be surprised to find that the work you commissioned is not yours and you may have to pay more to get it.

Step 8. See what the web designer offers for post-design services. Will the designer help maintain your site or is the designer only expected to do the initial design?

Step 9. Talk to the designer. Is it easy to communicate with him? You should be able to easily communicate with your web designer. You should be comfortable presenting the problems you want to solve. Your web designer must be respectful and fast. They should both be able to compromise on what will work best for viewers, not necessarily their personal taste.

Step 10. Look for previous and happy customers. You can check the designer's website or blog and see if there are customer testimonials. Consider what they have to say about the designer. You can also try calling them (you can ask for the contact number of the web designer) and ask for comments on the design process and the final result,

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10 steps to hire the best web designer or web design company