Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Web Designer

When building your website, there are some mistakes that you want to avoid like the plague when hiring your designer. You don’t want to get caught in the fraud trap wasting money or worse, guaranteeing work that you can’t deliver after all. You also don’t want to lose your business before it has even had a chance to build its foundation.

Here are the top ten mistakes:

1. Ensure that your designer has solid experience, a good reputation and can guarantee their work. You don’t want to end up with your site shutting down as soon as Internet users start to visit it. Often when that happens and you try to call your designer, the designer will claim that it’s working “fine from their end” or will try to point the finger at the hosting company.

2. Make sure that your designer is a fluent English speaker. While this may seem obvious at first glance but believe it or not, a good many designers do hire foreign coders (the majority of whom are Chinese or Indian-as in from India) in order to keep their costs cheap. The problem with this is that they are working with website codes that are not written in their first language. All you need to do is just put yourself in their shoes to get the picture.

3. If the designer requires that you pay the entire amount up front, that’s your cue to leave and find someone else. Most legitimate designers simply require a certain percentage of the cost upfront as a deposit with an arrangement for a payment plan after that.

4. If they have actual clients who can easily make references to him or her, this is a good sign. Beware that any website can easily post bogus “testimonials” but they are often not from actual clients.

5. Get an idea ahead of time of what a typical price range of web designers. If you make a deal for something as cheap as the $200-$300 price range and then one thing after another doesn’t work and they charge you to have it fixed, chances are, it’s not legit. Beware of those who give “introductions” or have hidden costs.

6. Make sure your site will work well on all devices; this includes tablets and Smartphones. Most legitimate designers are able to achieve this now.

7. Don’t compromise on having your website be unique and fresh. If the designer you hire has limited options as to what sorts of designs he or she is able to use, he or she is probably not the right designer for you.

8. It’s okay to use a friend or family member if they have actually had formal training in and have certifications in web design. It’s not the sort of training you can just read up on and go exclusively from information on the Internet.

9. Make sure that your designer has proper credentials and/or experience in marketing, SEO or Social Media. Without any of the above, it’s practically impossible for the designer be able to do his or her job properly.

10. Make sure your designer uses a content management system (CMS). Without this, you may be charged quite a bit of money for even the smallest changes and updates