Nowadays, eCommerce is increasing its popularity. Most people get used to shop online and make a payment via Credit Card or Master Card. As a result, developing a website is the first step on the path to achieving your online business goal. You may contact or are contacted by many local web design companies. Purchasing a good website design professional service from your local website agency will be a good choice if you don’t want to hire an in-house website developer.
How to select your website design company
- Clearly define your requirements
- Searching on the Internet to evaluate the service of your website agency
- Check carefully on your selected website agency’s reviews
- Look at the list of clients that the website design company served
- Meet directly with the website company
- Look further when choosing website design agencies, especially for the guarantee terms and conditions
Now, just go to Google and type “web design”, there will display 10,200,000,000 results in just 0.86 seconds. It is not surprising because in this era of information technology, owning a website to display your brands, products, and services is mandatory for any business.
Understanding the demand, a lot of people such as companies, employees or even students who have just learned coding for three months also jumped into this IT field with the hope to “earn a living”.
A series of headlines will attract you such as “Cheap website design”, “Free website design”, “Free web”… In fact, according to our researches, there are advertising and sales tricks of these service providers. By saying Free but in fact, they will charge you more and collect nearly hundreds to thousands of dollars.
With 7 years of experience in the field of IT, managing and designing many websites for those years, we have some tips for those who want to build a website for their businesses.
1. Clearly define your requirements
You need to clearly identify your requirements for your website development. For example, you may need a website to introduce your company or your business, or you may need an eCommerce website to sell online. After that, choosing a strong website design agency to do for you.
Of course, there are many agencies showing their strong confidence that they can offer you varied services related to your website design. They may offer you with multiple services such as digital marketing together with website development. However, you should choose a website agency being specialized in a particular service, for example, a website development agency that focuses only on website design.
For building a business website, it is very important to choose a website company that is fast and affordable. Your business website may not have many functions. Therefore, you should choose a website agency that is eligible to design a bright, beautiful, and modern website.
For an eCommerce store, it is not only building a website with a payment gateway integration but also adding additional marketing applications will be able to help you sell well. Therefore, you need to choose specialized eCommerce website agencies that have an in-house developers team, good customer reviews, and experiences in online sales. An example that you may consider for your eCommerce website development is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) WordPress plugins such as Yoast SEO. In order for your online shop to be indexed and recognized by Google, you must set up your website’s technical SEO correctly. Therefore, an experienced website agency will give you corresponding advice and install for your necessary plugins or applications.
2. Evaluate the service of your website agency
There is no better way to evaluate your selected website agency than to try. Only trying their services, you will know how good it is, suitable for you or not and what will be the accompanying functions or features of your website would be like.
When you call your website agency for a free consultation (that most website design companies will offer a free consultation for their customers), you will evaluate the level of enthusiasm and time.
3. Check carefully on your selected website agency’s reviews
This is a very important step in your evaluation. You can refer to people who used to be the agency’s client. There are 3 methods to evaluate:
- See customer reviews on the website’s homepage.
- Search Google to see more information about the website.
- Go to the websites of their customers, call and ask directly to get their “real” feedbacks.
Some required questions need to be found:
- Did they complete their contracts on time?
- Did they meet the exact requirements?
- Are they enthusiastic to receive client’s suggestions and questions?
- Is there a quick fix?
- Is the job performed according to the initially agreed fee?
4. Look at the list of clients that the website design company served
Web design companies often have a list of some prominent websites they’ve made. Considering the lists of websites they made will help you recognize the level of professionalism that they have. You need to consider and analyze on your own whether these websites are of good quality or suitable for your requirements. High quality designed websites should be evaluated based on the following quality criteria:
- Nice interface
- Must be mobile-responsive
- Google-friendly, SEO support (Search Engine Optimization)
- Integrating online sales features
- Fast page
If their outstanding website models are constantly updated, it provides the fact that the company is building a high-quality website and is trusted by its clients for further enhancements.
5. Meet directly with the website company
If investigating your selected website design company is boring, then you can ask the company to have a face-to-face meeting. Many people will think that calling a company is the final step before closing a contract, which may be completely wrong. You need to evaluate the web design company by talking to their sales staff/consultants.
Do they listen to your needs, or talk about their services and good things they can bring to you?
Do they understand your problem in their own ways? They often will try to listen to your request, then give you a direction in their own favor. In fact, when you don’t have any experience in website development, you will think that your request is reasonable while there are other approaches may more suitable for you. Of course, there will be a case where some of your requirements cannot be met. Considering whether that request is important and mandatory for your business model, otherwise, you can focus on the main features that they can offer. Do they understand their business and do they have enough skills to do the job? For example, a website selling clothes will have a different design than a website selling cars or offering travel services. Each website’s target audiences will be different. Therefore, you should make sure if your consultant has enough knowledge to advise you about your field, or they just talk or mention other beautiful websites that are completely inappropriate.
You can consider asking your consultant to compare their services with other companies. They will speak well for them for sure. The important thing here is that you need to consider whether their advantages are real or not. If one of their mentioned points is not true, you need to re-evaluate the level of their honesty.
6. Look further when choosing website design agencies
No one in the world can guarantee if any software developed have no errors at all (even big companies like Microsoft or Google cannot guarantee that). There will be sudden errors that belong to users (accidentally installing an app damaging a website), there are also bugs that belonged to the web developer (the programming code is broken) but there are also errors falling from the sky.
Therefore, it would be dangerous if your web developer suddenly disappears after a short time. You may think that if there is an error falling from the sky, it is possible to hire another company to fix that error. This is true, but it is also time-consuming. The other agency must find the fault code and the fixing fee will be very high. We don’t even mention that if there are other errors caused by the fixing process.
In addition, when your website agency asks you to pay, you should pay up to 50% of the contract’s cost and you will give 50% left after your testing acceptance is signed off and your website is completely hand-over.
We gave you 7 methods for you to choose your next website design agency for your project. You should choose your local website agency that is experienced, reputable, and has an award. Doing careful research on your selected website agency will save you a lot of issues, headaches, and money in the long term.