It may have been a number of years since you last engaged somebody to design your company website. If this is the case, it will now be outdated. You will be losing business to competitors who will have quality, well-designed websites with effective navigation and exciting layouts. You may also be embarking on a website for your company for the first time. You need to ensure you get the best value for money when you start to think about a new company website.
You need to choose a website design agency that will be able to understand the objectives of your company. Also, you need to ask pertinent questions to ensure you get what you want.
What is the budget you have set aside for website design and what is the time frame you are thinking about for a redesign or fresh project? You need to determine if you are going to use original content for the building of a new site? If you are setting out for a redesign project, you need to decide if you will use updated images and content for a new look and layout for the new website, or if you want the web design company you use to source and supply these for you? Will you require any web design company you select to update your website on an ongoing basis, or does somebody within your company have basic editing skills to update it for you? Are you looking for a local web design company, or are you happy to look further afield? Do you already have some idea as to the layout, colours and navigation of the website you want?
If you know the answers to these questions, then you should be able to find a web design company best suited to your needs. Go to Google, Yahoo, Bing or one of the other major search engines and search for web design companies. Even if you search for a local web design firm, you will see countless results. Do not be put off by the plethora of web companies you will see, as you will almost certainly be able to find a company able to produce the quality web design work you require in the first 50 results. Good web design companies will have a portfolio of work online showing examples of their bespoke design work. Examine the portfolios before you to ascertain if there is one that equates to what you are looking for and you should be able to see immediately if a particular web design company is the right one for you.
Try to ascertain how long the web agency of your choice has been operating and then compare that to how many quality sites they have designed in that time. If you require a redesign, then establish how many redesigns they have carried out in this time. You could enquire to see a redesign before and after the redesign. Find out if they have the staff available to work on your web design in its entirety and if they will be able to complete the job in a reasonable period of time. You could ask for references, as top end firms will be only too pleased to offer these.
If you have a reasonable budget, you may find it helpful to speak to several web design companies. Having at least three quotes to look at is a good starting point. Take great care in your selection, as the future of your company could depend upon it.
It is perfectly possible to find affordable web design if you are prepared to undertake a little research. Try to find a cheap web design company who are keen to listen to your requirements but who, at the same time, will not compromise on quality.
Carol Forrest is the Managing Director of Webs Galore Limited which is a professional website design agency specialising in the creation of cheap and affordable website design for small and medium sized companies.