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The Best Questions to Ask Your Web Designer

Luke Wakefield - Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Best Questions to Ask Your Web Designer
When you're shopping around for someone to design (or re-design) your website, it's a good idea to get a few web design quotes from local companies.

This will help you to get an idea of the options that are open to you and ensure that you get the best possible deal and that you get a website that you are happy with. Don't just choose the company that offers the lowest price. Ask the following questions and consider each company's answers carefully.

Question 1: Can I see some of your previous website designs?

Look at the sites that the company has worked on previously. Do they load quickly? Do they look professional? Do they have any broken links or misaligned images? More importantly, are you happy with how those websites look? Even the best designers have a signature style. If you don't like that style, then that designer isn't the right one for you. A sample of the work we have done can be found by clicking on 'Our work' - 'Portfolio' tab on website.

Question 2: Do you offer responsive design?

Responsive websites are sites that adapt their layout to suit all kinds of devices, ensuring that they look good on PCs, tablets and smartphones. If you're getting a new website made today, then it's a good idea to make sure that the layout is responsive so that you reach as wide of an audience as possible.

Question 3: Do you offer SEO services?

Not all web designers offer SEO services, but they should at least ensure that the site they provide you with is search-engine friendly so that the SEO company you work with doesn't have to do remedial work on your website. If your chosen designer does not offer SEO services, then that should be reflected in the price. At wysi, we offer an 'SEO-ready' service where your website design comes with some basic SEO included (such as the title tags being optimised for the page content, search-engine-friendly URLs and basic on-page optimisation).

Examine your web design quotes carefully and think about what each company offers. Be wary of companies offering a complete website package for just a couple of hundred pounds. The cheapest quote is not always the best option. However, if a company's quote is more expensive than others, make sure you understand what they're offering you. Some web developers (such as wysi) offer far more than just a website: you may find that includes an integrated blog module, dynamic content, customer database (CRM), a CMS of course (should be standard really) and perhaps email marketing as well as reliable hosting. Wysi of Berkshire also offer competitively priced web design packages, offering considerable savings on the full cost. By the time you've added all these extra features onto a 'cheap website quote' you may find you are paying over the odds; with a fixed price inclusive package from us you'll know exactly where you stand with no nasty hidden extras.

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