Choosing the perfect design company for a project is not a decision to make on a whim. You’re going to be spending a lot of time meeting and communicating with your design company; it’s a very involved process.
In the initial meeting, before the contract is signed, you’ll be answering questions from the company’s project manager regarding your wants and needs. Consider asking some of your own questions to gain a better view of how the process may work on your side, and if you’re even compatible with the company.
You should feel comfortable with your choice and in the end, walk away knowing your investment of time and money was well spent.
To figure out which design company to hire you need to know the right questions to ask during the initial meet’n’greet. If you’re not very familiar with the web design process there’s some lingo you may want to learn. Being familiar with the terminology will help prepare you for the interview and ensure you have a clear understanding of the project details.
Below you’ll find a list of 34 questions to ask to make sure you don’t hire a crappy design company.
How past clientele evaluate their experience working with a design company may help you predict your satisfaction with the company and narrow down the decision about which company to hire. Consider asking past clients of the design company the following five questions:
If clients can answer Yes to the first four questions and No to the fifth question (with maybe a few exceptions here and there), then it sounds like the design company builds trusting relationships with their clients. But don’t stop your investigation there…
With a clearer idea of the company’s success with past clients in your head, start drilling them about their process to get an upfront idea about exactly which services they offer and if there are additional fees for certain services. The remaining questions have been divided up into 11 categories to clearly outline the topics you should discuss in the interview.
An admin section is an area of a website where people can access and edit certain information on the site if they have the corresponding log in and password.
A content management system is an application used to create and store content on web pages. MayeCreate websites are built using a content management system called WordPress.
Stock photography refers to photos that are available for purchase and can be used under certain conditions. Using stock photos on a website typically costs less than hiring a photographer to take all the photos for you.
Write down the different hosting company names or choices along with an estimate of the monthly cost to keep your website up and running. If you’re unsure of this information, don’t hesitate to ask your design company for advice regarding hosting.
Simply put, a domain name is a unique name used to identify your website; it’s your website’s URL (website address).
Open source code is created by a community and can be used in a plethora of situations to modify a website. Custom programming on the other hand is done by one individual person to meet the needs of one unique situation, such as building a custom web page.
Have you ever visited a website and found that it looked fine in Chrome but some content didn’t show up right in Safari? If that’s the case, the website might not have been optimized to display correctly in all browsers.
These days people don’t just view websites from a standard desktop computer. Tablets and smartphones are commonly used to connect with businesses on the go. Websites have to be modified so that they will display on the different sized screens in a way that’s still user friendly.
Having clear answers to all of these questions will help you weigh the pros and cons of each design company and ultimately allow you to hire the best company based on your budget and project needs.
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