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Questions to ask a Web Design Company before You Hire

Brian Petti, Cleveland Website Designer

Dont make the mistake of hiring a web design company without first speaking with them and asking them some of these questions. You should treat hiring a web designer like you are interviewing someone for a new position in your business. There are many web design companies out there, and you want to be sure that you are getting the best work for your money. Here are some questions to ask a web design company before you hire them.

Do you have a portfolio I can see?
This will give you a taste of the work the web design company does. A good web design company will have websites they have created listed on their own website so that it is easily accessible for potential clients to view. Make sure the web design company has a variety of examples.

Do you do the work inside your company?
Some web design companies will outsource web work. Be sure that you know exactly who will be creating your website. If you see a price quote that seems too good to be true, it may be because your work is getting outsourced to India or China. Make sure you know who will be building and designing your website.

What is the turnaround time?
Dont get into a contract without knowing when you can expect the finished product. You dont want to be waiting for months and months to get your new website. Those extra months turn into missed opportunities and lost sales or conversions.

Do you have references I could speak with?
Its important to see what other clients think of the web design company they used. This will give you a good idea of how the web design company does with timeliness, customer service, and how well they handle problems or obstacles. Also, try to dig up names of companies not given too. No one will be able to give you a better idea of the web company than former clients.

Do you have knowledge in SEO (search engine optimization)?
SEO is the key for your website to show up in search results. Make sure that the web design company you are interviewing has up to date knowledge of SEO, both on-site and off-site. They may even be able to give you assistance in establishing your brand online.

These 5 questions should be able to give you a good idea if the web design company you are speaking with is the right company to handle your businesss website.