Nearly all modern day businesses will have an online presence and this can vary from having social media accounts through to managing email marketing campaigns. However, one thing that nearly all modern businesses will boast is a well-designed website and it is one of the most effective marketing tools available to company owners. Buying a website and choosing which design company to work with to create your website isn’t always easy as there are so many to choose from but there are a few things that you can do in order to source the best company.
One of the most important things that you will need to do is choose to work with a locally based company. Not only will you be supporting local businesses but you will also benefit from being on the same time zone as them, should you need to make contact with them or take advantage of their support services. You can search for a company specializing in web design in Los Angeles ¸New York or any other big city anywhere in the world by looking online and while it is rather ironic to search online for a web design company, it is also a good opportunity to test their design skills!
Research the Company History
You will need to find out how long the design company has been established and you will need to ask the following questions:
- What year was the company set up?
- How many clients do they have?
- How many people work for the company?
- How much experience has the company got? (This can be done by looking through a portfolio of previous work examples)
You should avoid using freelancers or companies that have little experience, as you will be their guinea pig and therefore you will always be taking a risk that they will make mistakes, which could end up being costly to your business.
How Much Will a Website Cost?
This is a tricky question to answer as there are lots of variables that will affect the cost. How big your website is, how complex it is, what systems you need to have (i.e. payment or booking systems) and it is important to remember that to a certain point you will get what you pay for with your website, so paying a bit more can go a long way. If you have a budget of $3,000-$10,000, then you will be able to get a good quality website set up and don’t forget that you will need to continuously pay out for things such as SEO.
What About On-going Support?
This is vital, as you may need help to manage all of the following:
- Domain name
- Using the content management system
You will need to check that there aren’t any hidden fees or charges and always read online reviews to see what past and existing customers have to say about the quality of their services.