Questions To Ask When Hiring Someone To Design Your Site
The time has come for you to redesign your website. Actually, you will not be the one to do the redesign work. You will be hiring a designer to handle this critical task. Because the redesign must be done perfectly, it is critical that you hire the most qualified person for the job. To ensure you can do this, here are a few basic questions to ask to make sure the right person is hired for the job:
How much experience do you have as a designer?
The number of years a person has worked as a designer along with the number of jobs he/she has completed will give you clear insight into whether or not the work performed will be of an acceptable level of quality.
Will you be working in whole or part from a template?
You will want your website to be a completely original work. You do not want to pay a designer that will merely be dusting off a ready made template that may have been used and reused time and time again for different clients.
Can I see examples of previous work?
The quality of work the person will perform will be on clear display in the previous jobs he has been completed. A quality designer will be more than willing to show you the work he has done in the past.
How much will the total cost of the design work?
You need to be quoted the full price of the job and this includes any additional fees that may be required (or hidden). You should also be made aware of any costs associated with revisions if the finished look is not what you want.
How long will it take for the job to be completed?
A clear and definitive schedule for completion should be provided. Barring unforeseen problems, that schedule should be adhered to.
How much say will I have in the planning process?
You really do not want to be unpleasantly surprised at the work performed. Granted, you likely would not help yourself micromanaging the designer, but you do want to be allowed a decent amount of input into what the overall look of the site will be.
Are there any reviews published about your work online?
While any online review has to be taken with a proverbial grain of salt, any website hosting and design service that receives consistently good reviews may be among the better ones to work with.
The Cost Of Redesign
One question on the minds of many web site owners is how much they will have to pay to have their site redesigned by a professional. This will depend on the source of your site's design and content management system (CMS). If a designer is designing both themselves to customize them for your needs, you may expect to pay anywhere from two to fifteen thousand dollars.
What many purchasers of site designs often misunderstand is that much knowledge and time goes into it. Understandably, the person redesigning the site will be expected to be fairly compensated for that.
The cost of a redesign can also be measured in the relationship you have with your designer. A good relationship will be evidenced by respect on both sides: the respect for you as a business owner, and respect for the person who will be working, possibly long hours, to make your vision a reality. If you find you can't afford a particular designer, it may be well worth it to save your pennies so that you can.
You get what you pay for definitely applies to web site redesign when a professional is hired. Taking the time to find a designer who will exceed your expectations will be well worth your time and money if you end up with an accessible, fast and reliable web site that your customers will keep returning to time and again.