Posted by: Websites Direct | May 9, 2010

What to ask when hiring a Website Designer

Do you have a website? Is it current? How do people find your website? Did your website designer create meta tags for your website and submit to the search engines?

These are very important questions that can directly affect whether your business is successful. This will be the first of many blogs that address website issues I see and hear from new clients.

So far the number one reason I get new clients is because their last website designer is nowhere to be found! Basically the client paid a lot of money to a website designer for a website they now have no ownership of or access to! This is not appropriate and not good business practice. Please ask any website designer if you get ownership of your website and can get a copy of your website files on CD. This will allow you to give the files to another designer if the company goes out of business.

The other question to ask is how long the website company has been in business. There are a lot of website companies out there and just about anyone can create a website. How do you know which one to go with? Longevity in business is very important since you can then feel confident you will have someone to take care of your website and it shows the company is a serious website business that probably has a lot more experience than a start-up or website business of a couple years. Typically a company that has been in business a long time also has good references and is established in the community so can also provide good referrals to other quality businesses.

In conclusion, remember to get a couple estimates and ask how long the company has been in business and if you will own the website files. The next blog post will be on meta tags and the importance of incorporating these into your website when it is being designed.


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