Once you have decided that it is time to re-design your website, then you will need a web designer.
Still unsure if you need a re-design? Read our article to see if your website needs a new look here.
QUESTIONS TO ASK
Before you find a good web designer you need answers to a few significant questions.
- What’s your budget?
- Do you need special functionality or pages?
- How widespread is your redesign?
These kinds of questions will help you outline the scope of your website project. And, after you have an idea of your needs, you can find a web designer that specialises in that type of website build.
Here is another great article to read: Do you need a web designer? Web design Rockingham.
A lot of small local businesses now choose to build microsites. A microsite is a 4-6 paged website optimised for their business’ location and is generally for service-based industries. The budget for these smaller websites is often much more applicable to very small companies.
Small does NOT always mean simple! Numerous microsites are very intelligent. They just are not big. A great deal of thought and planning goes into these microsites.
It’s harder than you think, and many “web designers” may not fully comprehend how to put schema mark-up on location pages or integrate lead magnets with auto-responders.
Work that you can do
There are some things you can do yourself to make it easier for your web designer and also to help alleviate costs.
Make a list of everything you must-have for your brand new website. Go on Google and “steal” elements from other websites. In kinder words, find examples of sliders, contact forms, banners etc. that you think look great. You may even identify phrasing that might work well with your own clients.
You cannot fully clone someone else’s website, but you can get ideas and then rework them to fit your specific brand.
If you provide any design ideas, it will greatly reduce the time it takes for your web designer to make your website, and costs will decrease.
How much does it cost?
That greatly depends on the size of the project.
Do not surrender to temptation
There are many DIY websites and templates where their biggest appeal is that they are cheap. Yes, you can build a website rather fast, but the site itself is generally not optimised for SEO at all. Customer service is terrible, and by the end, you will have a site that looks like that one time you cut your own hair with those big clunky paper scissors everyone has in their desks.
How to find a web designer
- Google “web design.”
- Look at the very top results (if their website doesn’t rank, then they don’t know how to design a website that ranks well).
- Have a look of their website. Is it visually appealing? Can you navigate it with ease?
- Make sure they HAVE a Portfolio of their previous work and look at the websites they have made.
- See if they offer a free quote (or a Free Mockup).