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Top 10 Things To Consider When Choosing An Ecommerce Web Designer

Posted by Kevin Fouche on Oct 30, 2015
Kevin Fouche

Websites can be one of the greatest tools for a business, as it creates an online presence and expands the client base.

However, not everyone can create an effective website to handle potential traffic and perform other tasks to properly reflect a business.

Here are the top 10 things to look for when choosing an Ecommerce Web Designer.

Choosing An Ecommerce Web Designer

There are whole businesses dedicated to creating websites with innovative design and technology. If you're considering hiring a web designing company to take your ideas and create a website, it's important to stay in control and be informed about what's out there. If you hire a company that isn't a good match in terms of collaboration and price, it can be a stressful, expensive, process. 

1. What platform will they use?  

With various platforms for websites, it's important to know which one your designer prefers to use. Be up front if you have any platforms in mind. Using WordPress is a popular option which will allow your site to be accessible to many. With more accessibility, you'll be able to reach more people locally and worldwide.  

2. How long will they take?  

Time is valuable and you shouldn't have to wait. A company that can consistently meet deadlines to fit your schedule is one that can work for you. Having to wait for your designs and postponing your potential launch is just the beginning of what can be delayed. You should not have to wait for your work. Employing someone who can meet time standards will be most effective in the long run.  

3. Are there any hidden costs?  

Upfront guaranteed fixed-cost sites are preferable. Knowing what you're paying for at the beginning will ensure that there are no surprise costs. Paying as you go can be dangerous because you can be left with incomplete work or none at all. Costs after the initial payment can throw you off course. This can be distracting to you and you may be paying for something unnecessary.  

4. Do they understand my business?  

It's important that the designer of your website understands your business. If they don't know what your business is about, how can they accurately design a website that will represent your company? Hiring someone who is dedicated to learning your business and takes the time to gets things right will allow for a smooth transition from conception to execution.  

5. Have they worked with businesses like mine in the past?  

When hiring a web designer, you want to make sure that they are established and experienced. Taking a look through your candidates portfolio will give you a clue about how they've handled businesses like yours and if they are successful at it. Leave the future of your business in the hands of someone who is more than capable.  

6. Where are they located?  

Hiring a local business can ensure easy communication and accessibility. If you decide to go with a business a little further out of reach, consider how this will affect your business. It is possible that ideas can be lost in translation or there might be time delays to work around. Keeping it Australian will ensure similar business hours for support and communication. A company like Pixel Fish will treat you with the care and understanding that is characteristic of the Australian way.  

7. What support do they offer?  

Once you've launched your website, your designers aren't done. While the external part is over, you need to make sure that whoever you hire will be there for you when you need them. Whether it's hosting or technical support, including site glitches, you will need it. Employing a company that offers exceptional post-web launch support can prevent you from having to hire a whole separate company for the future. Continual support that is reliable, generous, and cost-effective will ensure professional assistance.

8. Can I do things myself?  

At the end of the day, your business website is your own. You need to be able to easily upload content and make changes as you please. Whether you do it yourself or hire someone else, building a website on a user-friendly platform will keep your from having to go through your web host ever time you want to make changes.  

9. How creative are they?  

No matter how many businesses your future web designer has worked with, you want to make sure that they are creative on a consistent basis. You don't want them to create a website that is identical to everyone else or from a template of all their work. Hire someone who can create a website as unique as your business.

10. How do your personalities mix?  

Don't be blinded by flashy advertisements and posh office buildings when it comes to choosing who will affect the success of your business. Looking into candidates' portfolios, as well as interviewing them to make sure you mesh well creatively will determine the process to creating your website. Being comfortable with your ideas and having someone who shares your vision will ensure that you get the most out of your web designer.  

Whether you are looking for a web designer to create a website or someone to design a re-launch, Pixel Fish can cater to all your Ecommerce business needs.

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