Today anyone seems to call themselves web designer just because the learned to create a web site.
Is it traditional graphic design involved or is it just experts on programs like Flash, Dreamweaver, etc. who call themselves designers?
One guy looking for work told me he had a web design education and when I looked at his work it was like 5 pages crap made in FrontPage!
For me as an art director and graphic designer it all looks a bit strange. I have spent years in art- and advertising classes, over 30 years in the advertising business in Sweden and Spain and I'm still not sure I can use that title. Even if I have designed hundreds of websites last 10 years.
So be aware when you are looking for help, with internet anyone seems to be whatever they like and advertise their services, trust them or not. You will never know for sure.
Today I saw the following ad in a local magazine: "We design web sites for 130EUR". That guy must be something of a superman. Or is the education these days so fantastic that you can learn it all in a few years?
The "Graphic design" education is just a small part in building your web site.
The natural way was (back in the 80: s in Stockholm) that your advertising agency produced your website and designed it so it fit your company's profile. A few years later a lot of digital production companies started, but still with people educated in the advertising business.
Short after that anyone with money could buy a computer, copy machines and some color printers and start a copy shop without any education in advertising. Unfortunately they are after a while also offered help in layout and design.
That's where we are today. Anyone with a computer can offer you anything online.
It's up to you to find out who they are.