Choosing A Website DesignerFri July 25, 2008, 9:48 am
Being in the industry and trying to be objective is not easy because we know what makes the difference between a good web site design and a great web site design...
So here are some of the things you need to look for when trying to choose a company to design your web site.
1) Price is always a factor when choosing a web designer, but it should not be the only factor.
You get what you pay for and going with the lowest bidder usually means getting a sub-par designer who doesn't have the education or ability to give you the best quality web site.
2) Does the design firm your considering have a programmer on staff?
One thing that most lay people don't know is that a good deal of desingers use what is called WYSIWYG Editors (what you see is what you get). Programs like Dreamweaver or Frontpage are the two big ones that come to mind. While using these editors is not a bad thing to begin with, it should be only a beginnning.
3) Does your design firm of choice know how to vaidate code?
Valid code is one of the first steps to creating a great web site that will rank high in the search engines. If your design firm does not know HTML and CSS like we mentioned above they will not be able to vaidate the code and thus could be costing you in your web site rankings.
4) Check your current web site designers code?
That's right take the web site of the design firm your considering and see if it their own web page vaidates. Below is the link to the W3C that you will need to test the web page.
To check your current web pages click here.