Learn as much as you can when choosing a web design company in Fort Lauderdale to handle the responsibilities involved with building and developing your website. Every day we consult with companies who need someone to take over their website after spending money with another company.. Now that person or company needs to spend the money all over again… they THOUGHT they got a good deal and had no idea what was involved with developing a stable, reliable, custom designed website that would have everything they wanted. Below are some important things to consider when selecting a website designer or company for your project.
What Types Of Web Professionals Are There?
Website Designer - helps you to determine the page layout, graphics, text location and colors of your site, as well as the navigation and how pages will cross-link to one another. The designer may also do the actual computer programming and graphic art work for the site, or may hire out that work to a programming specialist. at A Work Of Art, Inc. nothing is farmed out. Our Website Designeis are the people actually laying out and designing your website.
Website Programmer - takes the design from the Designer and creates the code to make the site function. That person is also responsible for all the technical aspects of the project that happens behind-the-scenes to make sure the site works properly for your visitors and that it is WC3 complaint.
A Graphic Designer - creates the graphics for the site, including page layout, colors, etc. Think of this person as the “visual artist” for your site.
An Internet Marketing Consultant - helps you to determine how your website fits into your overall marketing strategy, and how to get more traffic and sales from your website.
Web Marketing Specialist - Performs Search Engine optimization, posting, tracking and analysis, social networking marketing, creating Blogs and link building campaigns just for starters.A Work Of Art, Inc. has the experience and expertise to provide all of these services plus much more. A Note on Copywriting You may find a designer who can also help you with the text for your website but don’t count on it. Be prepared to write the text yourself, or hire a professional copywriter. Copywriters charge per page, sometimes up to $500 a page ($5,000 for a 10-page website.) A Work Of art, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, assists client with all of their copywriting at no extra charge.
Who Is A Good Designer And How Much Do They Charge?
Here are some things to think and ask about when hiring a website designer: Pay attention to how much they ask you about YOUR BUSINESS in Fort Lauderdale or it's demographic reach nationwide. They should want to get to know you and your business intimately. How else can they design a site that reflects you and your business, unless they spend time to get to know you?
- Look at sites they’ve designed to see if you like their style. Is there a certain feel to ALL their sites, or are they flexible in their designs?
- Ask them if they did the actual graphic and layout design of the site, or if they just did the programming.
- Do they have a structured planning process that leads you through the design and IT phase?
- If they have a Website Planning Guide that you’ll work through together, that’s really helpful.
- Ask about their internet marketing and search engine optimization experience and knowledge.
Be sure that they’re creating a site for you that meets your larger marketing and business goals. (A pretty site is no good to you unless it generates revenue and converts visits to leads. Ask the designer for their fees and what is the estimated cost for the site you want. They may not be able to give you a good estimate until you discuss content and features of the site. A quality website with good graphic design and layout will cost around $2,000 - $3,500 for a 10-page site. If you add a website blog, online newsletter, shopping cart, auto responders, SEO, website database, complex marketing technology,, or or logo design (or if you have more than 10 pages), expect the web design price to be higher
Ask them how they bill you. Will they invoice you monthly, or when certain milestones are reached? Do they charge extra for anything?
Do you have to make deposits? When we provide a quote for web design we stick to the price. We have confidence in our abilities and do not charge extra for proofs, additional design ideas or added functionality such as forms etc.
Pay attention to whether they’ll try to stick within your budget, or whether they keep suggesting new add-ons that increase the cost of your site. Remember, designers aren’t responsible for your budget. Talk to some of their current and recent clients, to see how smooth the process was. You want someone who has good project management skills AND good communication skills. They have to listen to you, not just give advice. Ask them whether they will maintain your website after the initial design, and how much they’ll charge for that. Some designers want to create new sites but don’t want to maintain them and will leave you with a content management system that is limited in how much you can further develop your website. . Learn more about web design here!