Category: Web Design

Sep 01 2008

Things to Look for in a Web Designer

As we have discussed in our previous articles on the pros and cons of do it yourself web design, versus hiring a professional web designer, there are a number of reasons why both can be good choices depending on what phase of your internet business you are in.

If you do decide to go the route of hiring a designer, here is a list of what you should look for in a good web designer:

– recommended by others

– experience designing type of site you need/want

– portfolio to look through of actual working websites

– up to date: are they using the newest techniques?

– affiliations: are they recognized in their field or by peers in their industry

– do they have clients similar to you?

– are they available; is time going to be an issue if you are in a rush

– do they provide support after your site is done?

– what if you need an update?

– custom pricing: can they put together a package just for you, or do you have to buy a standard all in one package with parts you may not need?

– flexibilty: are they willing to work with you to acheive your concept as you visualize it

Make sure you get a wide list of clients and look at the sites, and see what common themes run through them, and if those aspects are of interest to you for the kind of site you’d like. Asking the right questions and doing your research before you hire a web designer will save you an lot of hassle in the long run.

Aug 31 2008

Advantages of Hiring a Web Designer

As we discussed in our previous article on the pros and cons of designing your own website, there are several advantages to doing it yourself, mainly time, cost, and complete control.

However, there are some advantages to using a designer:

– it frees up your extra time to do other important things to run your business

– designers bring experience to the table

– they can bring a fresh set of eyes to look at what you’re doing and help you achieve your goal

– in most cases your website will get done faster than you trying to learn everything from scratch

– a professional design gives a professional first impression to visitors

– they may add creativity to your site that you hadn’t thought of already

– sometimes this is less expensive when you figure it out by cost of your time, software, and so on.

– the will need less maintenance in the long term because the site is properly set up (or should be if you do careful planning)

– can install codes and make your website more interactive (but don’t let them get too wild on javascripts, Flash and so on, which are high maintenance and break often/are not compatible with all browsers-remember that the keywords are the thing)

– they can test your website and compatibilty before putting it live and give you an evaluation of it

Aug 29 2008

The Pros and Cons of Do it Yourself Web Design

Many people think that they need a great deal of money in order to have a great looking website.

But with new software, some of it even free, there is a great deal you can do without having to hire someone else to do it.

Remember, though, that every single website needs to have content. You need to decide what sections you will have on the site, and have a page for every section at the very least.

Without content, there is no website.

If you decide to do your site yourself, the advantages are:

*you’re in charge of everything

*only costs you your time

*you know your vision

*putting your website together is a good time to review and proofread all of your sales material

* the sense of accomplishment you will get from it

*complete artistic freedon

* you will not dependent on someone elses work, time, effort

*you will learn a lot about design, websites, and your own business

Disadvantages

*it costs you your time that you could be using to do other things, such as promotion and product concepting

*it may have validation errors (although so do some professionally designed sites)

*you’ll have to learn how if you don’t know how already

*you may need to purchase software to help you in design, adding to the cost – there are free programs but they may not do what you want

If your budget is tight and you want to get something up quickly, then do it yourself. If you want something more professional and don’t mind the wait, then hire someone.

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