Choosing a great web designer can be tough when you’re not sure what to look out for. To save headache from scope creep, I would suggest you ask the designer the following questions to ensure you are choosing a great web designer that will design a beautiful, yet functional site for you.
How long have you been designing great websites? Do you create web designs from scratch, or use templates and pre-existing elements?
Custom design is the top of the line and will give your site the most unique and personalized look. Custom sites with amazing photography and the ones that really wow people. They’re also the most fun to work on! They are my personal favorite because I began my career as a graphic designer and illustrator, and custom design is my jam! However, sometimes the budget does not allow custom work, so templates can be a big help when it comes to creating something that is refined, even if it’s not super custom.
Aside from being a web designer, are you also a web developer? Can you code?
You’ll be surprised if you expect your designer to deliver a full-fledged website but they deliver you a static PDF instead. If your designer is not a developer, you might have to outsource that part of the project, and then they will be on your timeline, and the developer they subcontract to! The most efficient way to work is to find an organization that can do both.
They will be able to create your site in the shortest amount of time, and with the most efficient because coding things like style sheets allow changes to be made with a few lines of code, and that can be done in seconds. I personally do both and think in these times, every designer should know some CSS at least.
What is your client process as a web designer?
Lastly, make sure to have realistic expectations for a great web designer.
After asking these questions, you should have a better idea of what to expect from the designer. Please keep in mind that work can be good, fast, or cheap. You get to pick two. If you want something good and fast, it will not be cheap, and if you want something fast and cheap, it certainly won’t be good. I hope this helps in your search for the best web designs and web designers. And if you are interested in seeing how we create websites, feel free to browse our portfolio or other resources.