Designing a website is not a project that gets done within a week. You would not want it to be designed in a week, anyhow. This will mean there was not a lot of effort put into the design and it may have a lot of bugs. We are going to explain the top 5 things to look for when trying to find a web design firm to do business with.
1. Find a web design firm that is local to you. Now although it is not a necessary requirement to use a web design firm, you should take this into a consideration when looking for a firm. You should want to be able to sit down face to face with the people that will be taking your money. A web design firm will tend to work better if they are able to get a better understanding of you as a person and understand what it is you are trying to accomplish online. Now as I say this, it is not always the case. Maybe you were on a website that you really liked and saw at the bottom a link to the web design firm that created the site. Without this website is going to be your direct competition, I would pick up the phone and ask their opinion of the company. Usually if they have a link at the bottom of their site there is a chance that they are happy with the company. But it is still a good idea to check, sometimes companies will not know how to take it off, while others still will not even notice that there is a link at the bottom of their website.
2. Review the design firm's portfolio. If you are on a web design firm's website and are trying to see if they will be able to design a website that you will be happy with, check their prior work. For example, if you are trying to create an e-commerce website and the company has never designed an e-commerce site, they may not know how to do it. You usually do not want your website to be a guinea pig, it may take a lot longer and you might not get the features that you want. If you do see that they have designed websites like the one you are trying to create then check this off your list of requirements needed to work with them.
3. Turn around time for a website. Now this will be something that you can determine when sitting down with the design firm. It is good to note that here you are looking for honesty. Give them a time line that you want your website to be designed within. If they jump at it and say, "we can make you a website within a week". Be concerned. You will have to be realistic with what you are asking of a website design firm. If you are asking for a 4 page website …