There are certain important questions you need to ask, before hiring a web designer. You simply can’t afford to hire a web designer without asking these questions. Your decision on whether or not to hire a specific web designer should be informed by the answers you get to these questions. In other words, it is on the basis of the answers you to get to these questions that you should select the web designer to work with. Without further ado, those 5 questions include:
- What qualifications does the web designer have? Here, your objective should be to identify the specific web development technologies the web designer is conversant with. So you look at the designer’s qualifications. On what basis does the web designer consider himself (or herself) qualified to work on your project? The qualifications in question may be formal. Or we may be looking at someone who only has informal qualifications. Either way, you will be better off if you give your web design contract to someone who is truly qualified.
- How much experience does the web designer have? An experienced web designer is likely to know how to deal with the various challenges that are bound to arise in the course of a web design project. He is likely to know the tricks and tweaks to use, to come up with decent work.
- What sort of portfolio does the web designer have? You shouldn’t just be looking at a web designer’s experience in terms of the amount of time he has been doing web design. You should also be looking at the kind of work he has done in that period: hence the need for you to check out his portfolio. You may, for instance, encounter a designer who has worked on some major project. Like, say, someone who has been involved the setting up of the CVS HR portal at myhr.cvs.com. In that case, you’d know that you are dealing with a real professional.
- How much money is the web designer charging? There are some web designers who charge too much money for basic services. If you have to pay an extra dime for web design services, you need to ensure that there is something to justify the extra expenditure. Otherwise you’d be better off working with the web designer who charges the least.
- What terms and conditions is the web designer willing to work under? This is where you try to understand if, for instance, the web designer is ready to provide the artworks (e.g. logos), or you have to create those separately. Or if the web designer is willing to be updating the website on an ongoing basis, if the web designer is willing to provide training on the website’s usage… and so on.