Step 4: How To Choose Your Web Designer

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Published on May 5, 2008

Author: RealFreeWebsites.com

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Make sure you plan your website right! This is the fourth in a series of website development by Real Free Websites.

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WEB DESIGNER Step 4: What to look for when you need help making your website

Step 1: How to set your website goal Step 2: How to identify and target your market Step 3: How to write your content Do you need a web designer? Step 4: How to choose your web designer Step 5: How to choose your domain name Step 6: How to choose your web host Step 7: How to launch your website Why completing your website is not the end Step 8: How to promote your website Part of the HELP I Need a Website! Series See the complete guide at www.realfreewebsites.com/website-plan i i

Step 1: How to set your website goal

Step 2: How to identify and target your market

Step 3: How to write your content

Do you need a web designer?

Step 4: How to choose your web designer

Step 5: How to choose your domain name

Step 6: How to choose your web host

Step 7: How to launch your website

Why completing your website is not the end

Step 8: How to promote your website

There are an ENORMOUS number of web designers to choose from So how do you choose?

There are an ENORMOUS number of web designers to choose from

Web designers fall between two extremes….

Web designers fall between two extremes….

Design-oriented - Looks great Function-oriented - Looks bad

Design-oriented - Looks great

Works badly Works great

Works badly

Find a designer that combines both Design Function

Find a designer that combines both

To assess whether a designer is any good, you first need to be able to spot: GOOD design

To assess whether a designer is any good, you first need to be able to spot:

Good design achieves the goal of the website Design is all about communication Does the website’s design help to convey the message?

Good design achieves the goal of the website

Design is all about communication

Does the website’s design help to convey the message?

Good design works well in all browsers, on all operating systems and at all screen resolutions Test the design on different computers with different settings. Does the design still look good?

Good design works well in all browsers, on all operating systems and at all screen resolutions

Test the design on different computers with different settings.

Does the design still look good?

Good design is visually appealing to the target market Design is not totally subjective: certain designs will appeal more than others to the target market. Does the target market like the design?

Good design is visually appealing to the target market

Design is not totally subjective: certain designs will appeal more than others to the target market.

Does the target market like the design?

Good design is easy to use How easy is it to find what you are looking for? Is the navigation user-friendly?

Good design is easy to use

How easy is it to find what you are looking for?

Is the navigation user-friendly?

Good design is fast-loading How quickly do the pages download? It should not be more than a few seconds

Good design is fast-loading

How quickly do the pages download?

It should not be more than a few seconds

Good design is search engine optimized Are there effective page titles? Does the code contain Meta tags? Are the internal links keywords? Is text (not pictures) used for the important content?

Good design is search engine optimized

Are there effective page titles?

Does the code contain Meta tags?

Are the internal links keywords?

Is text (not pictures) used for the important content?

Good design is universally accessible Is the website accessible to disabled users? Ask someone disabled to test the website Use automated testers (e.g. Cinthya Says )

Good design is universally accessible

Is the website accessible to disabled users?

Ask someone disabled to test the website

Use automated testers (e.g. Cinthya Says )

Good design pays attention to detail There should be nothing that looks out of place Do all the page elements work together? E.g. Complementary colors, similar icons Does everything on the page line up perfectly?

Good design pays attention to detail

There should be nothing that looks out of place

Do all the page elements work together? E.g. Complementary colors, similar icons

Does everything on the page line up perfectly?

Should you hire a design freelancer or a company ?

Should you hire a design freelancer or a company ?

Freelancer More personalized service? Less expensive? Company More resources? Faster service?

Freelancer

No clear distinction Increasing overlap between freelancers and companies E.g. freelancers working together

No clear distinction

Making the choice

Making the choice

Website portfolio This is the obvious place to go to see the quality of work Study the websites and look for evidence of good website design

Website portfolio

This is the obvious place to go to see the quality of work

Study the websites and look for evidence of good website design

Testimonials Take these with a grain of salt, but it’s always good to see what others say Consider contacting website owners through the portfolio page

Testimonials

Take these with a grain of salt, but it’s always good to see what others say

Consider contacting website owners through the portfolio page

Free Quote Most web designers will provide you with an approximate quote for free Ask questions and see how helpful they are Find out what they consider important in web design

Free Quote

Most web designers will provide you with an approximate quote for free

Ask questions and see how helpful they are

Find out what they consider important in web design

It is worth taking your time in choosing. A good web designer will offer in-depth knowledge and experience that will help you throughout your website development

It is worth taking your time in choosing.

A good web designer will offer in-depth knowledge and experience that will help you throughout your website development

You’ve now seen how to choose your web designer. This is the FOURTH STEP in the process of good website design. See the complete guide at www.realfreewebsites.com/website-plan

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