5 questions you should ask your Web Designer

Thinking of getting a web designer to build you a website? Here are five questions you should ask them before signing on the dotted line.

How do you approach website design? What are your thoughts on effective web design? How do you think about usability and functionality when designing websites? How do you think about mobile-first design? These are all important questions to ask your potential web designer before starting a project. By understanding their process and how they approach design, you can get a better sense of whether they will be a good fit for your project.

What is your design process like?

Every web designer has their own design process, but there are a few key elements that should be included in any good process. First, you need to understand the goals and objectives of the website. What is the purpose of the site? Who is the target audience? Once you have a clear understanding of the goals, you can start designing the site.

If your web designer doesn’t ask you what your goals are then you could be stuck with a site that looks good but isn’t going to meet your needs.

Next, you need to come up with a sitemap or wireframe for the site. This will help you determine the structure and hierarchy of the site. It’s important to have a clear understanding of how users will navigate through the site before you start designing.

If your web designer doesn’t include this step in their process you could end up with a site that is difficult to navigate and find important information quickly. This means visitors to your site will be put off and go elsewhere.

Once you have the sitemap or wireframe, you can start working on the visual design of the site. This is where you’ll create the look and feel of the site. You’ll need to choose colors, fonts, and other visuals that will appeal to your target audience.

Finally, you’ll need to test the site and make sure everything is working properly. Once the site is live, you’ll need to continue to monitor it and make sure everything is still working as intended.

Make sure you understand your chosen web designer’s process and if includes these important steps.

What is your experience with designing for my industry?

If you have a specific industry in mind, it’s important to find a designer with experience in that area. They’ll be familiar with the challenges and opportunities that come with designing for your sector.

Find out if they have designed and built similar websites and understand what works as well as what doesn’t. It’s no use if they apply lessons learnt from designing for an architectural firm to a business looking to sell cuddly toys online.

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What are your thoughts on responsive design?

Mobile traffic now accounts for more than half of all web traffic, so it’s important that your site is designed to work well on mobile devices. Responsive design is an approach to web design that creates websites that adapt to the device they’re being viewed on. This means your site will look good and be easy to use no matter what device your visitors are using.

Your web designer should be familiar with responsive design and be able to create a site that looks great and works well on all devices.

Can you share a few examples of your work?

A portfolio always helps you to see what your web designer can do but make sure you delve a little deeper. Were they responsible for the design and build from start to finish? Speak to some of their previous clients and check out their reviews.

This will help you decide if they are the right fit for you and also manage your expectations on wha they can deliver.

What is your availability like?

Make sure the designer you choose has the capacity to take on your project. Find out how many other projects they’re working on and when they’ll be able to start on yours. If you need your website completed by a certain date, make sure the designer can meet your timeline.

Conclusion

Hopefully, by asking these questions you should get a good idea if your chosen web designer is the best fit for you. If you are considering getting a web designer involved in your next project, please get in touch with us. Ask us all the questions you like and we’ll do our best to answer them all.

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