It’s easy to look at a live website and think that the process of putting it together was easy. However, ask anyone who has tried to do this without sufficient knowledge and they will tell you how frustrating the process can be. This is the reason why it would be easier to identifying an individual or company that understand the process well. In order to find the right person or company, you will need to know the right questions to ask before you hire them.
Will my website be responsive?
The first question you should ask is whether your website will be responsive. While common sense would tell you that a responsive website is one that responds with speed, this is not the case. This term is used to indicate whether a site can be accessed by visitors using different platforms: cell phone, PC or tablet.
By 2016 The Telegraph was already reporting that the number people accessing the internet using smartphones had exceeded the number of people doing so on desktops. Good website builders now understand that digital marketing efforts should move in the direction of mobile optimization. If this does not seem clear to the person offering you their services, it’s time to look elsewhere.
How much do you know about SEO?
While it is not your duty to know a lot about the concept of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), your SEO Company should. They should have a good idea of what people search for on the web. If the answer to this question is “nothing” or something which tells you this is not important, then you know that your site will not have many visitors. What is the use of a site that does not attract traffic?
Are you able to show me a site you have designed?
If you want to get an idea of how your site will perform, you need to look at other sites designed by the people you are considering hiring. Looking at these sites gives you a chance to verify the promises the designers are making with regards to the diversity of their design capabilities.
You don’t want to just look at the site and walk away just because you don’t like what you see: ask questions. It’s easy to think that something was not done well when it is exactly what the owner of that site wanted. Don’t just confine yourself to one site; look at others done by the same company.
How long will it take?
The reason why you have decided to hire someone is that you need a website in the shortest possible time. If this is not clarified before the work begins, it could be difficult to pin down the person designing your website once you have already paid a deposit. Also, clarify what will happen if that time frame is not met.
How much will you charge me?
Once you are happy with the above answers, it is now time to find out what it will cost. Asking this question last is a good idea because you now understand the value of the service. Ask the designer if they are willing to break down their charges so that you know exactly what you are paying for. You don’t want any unpleasant surprises when you have problems later on and are told that the service was not covered in the quote.