Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes:
For your Small Business Website Design, you may have reached a point where you want to hire a Web Designer/Developer instead of venturing it on your own. If this is the case, here a few things you can do to make sure you’re well prepared to start looking for quotes:
- Organize Marketing Material – organize items such as your logo in both print and digital format, business cards, pamphlets, handouts, etc… into a single file/folder and be able to provide to potential hires so that they can get a general idea for your branding.
- Find Example Websites – compile a list of websites specific to your industry that you can show your new website developer so that he/she has an idea of your overall vision. Developers aren’t mind readers; however, a good developer will ALWAYS provide input about items such as User Experience, Design, Flow and Responsiveness of a new website. Be open to suggestion, but be sure to hold firm on what elements you know you want on your website.
- Compile a Sitemap – most of the time a realistic quote will bring into account the example websites (detailed above) as well as a formal list of each page you want on your new website. At this point, you can also start to compile images and begin a rough draft of your content.
- Ask for Quotes/Timeline – each development company will be different, but each should be able to provide you a quote and a timeline so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.
- Inquire About Additional/On-going Expenses – updates, hosting, domain registration and maintenance are all part of Web Development. Make sure you clarify the expected costs for each of these items so you can be sure to budget appropriately.