6 Questions That You Should Be Asking Your Website Designer

6 Questions That You Should Be Asking Your Website Designer

Posted On 31st Jan 2021

I’m going to⁣ be talking about six questions that you⁣ ⁣should be asking your web designer before hiring them. Now⁣⁣ we all want to do it ourselves and want⁣ ⁣to think of the idea for the business, come up with the domain name, create⁣ the website and to set up the email but⁣ ⁣realistically not everyone has all of⁣ ⁣the time and all of the skills to do⁣  everything end-to-end so there’s a good⁣ chunk of us out there that prefer to use a web⁣ ⁣designer instead.

So as we’re all using⁣ ⁣lots of web designers what are the good⁣ ⁣questions that you should be asking them⁣ ⁣before you hire them?

 

Question #1 – Their Design Portfolio
The first thing⁣ is to ask⁣ ⁣“Can I see your portfolio?” and by that me⁣ ⁣I mean can I see the work that you’ve⁣⁣ done to date. Now⁣ ⁣web designers have a really wide range⁣ ⁣of skills but they’re certainly not⁣ ⁣equal! Some of them are really good at⁣ ⁣the design part of web design and other⁣ ⁣people are really good at the project⁣ ⁣side, the build side and the development⁣ ⁣side so you need to decide if what⁣ ⁣you’re looking for matches the skills of⁣ ⁣the web designer you’re looking to use⁣ .

So the next thing to think about is whether there’s anything in their⁣ ⁣ portfolio that you actually take a shine⁣ ⁣to because it could be that you really⁣ ⁣help your project and cut the length of time you’re in⁣ ⁣development by picking an example or template⁣ ⁣site that they’ve created before and asking them to use that as inspiration⁣⁣ for your project.

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Question #2 – Website Updates And Changes
So the second question⁣ ⁣ you need to ask your web designer is⁣ ⁣“Will I be able to easily update the site⁣ ⁣when it’s finished?” and the key thing⁣ ⁣here is who’s going to have the keys to⁣ ⁣the engine and who’s going to be able to get⁣ ⁣under the hood and make changes to the⁣ ⁣website. Will it be you or will it be⁣ ⁣your web designer. Will you be able to do⁣ ⁣some stuff while your web designer is able⁣ ⁣to do other stuff? Now this kind of⁣ ⁣depends on what platform they’re designing⁣ ⁣the website using⁣. Using a WYSIWYG website editor⁣ ⁣something like the Versys website builder where anyone will be⁣ ⁣ able to make any changes they want⁣ ⁣on the website which means that you⁣ ⁣will be able to make the change to the⁣ ⁣site. You won’t be reliant on your web⁣ designer to do that. It might be that⁣ ⁣they choose or that you both together⁣ ⁣choose to use a CMS, something like⁣ ⁣WordPress, in which case you’ll probably⁣ ⁣be able to create and edit pages on your⁣ ⁣site but you might need your web⁣ designer to change templates and make⁣ ⁣more fundamental changes to your site.

 

Question #3 – Website source files
Of⁣ ⁣course then the final option is that if they⁣ ⁣hand-code the site, in which case it’s⁣ ⁣probable that you’re not going to be⁣ ⁣able to make any changes going forward⁣, you’re going to have to rely⁣ ⁣on them to do everything and of course⁣ ⁣if you are relying on your web designer⁣ ⁣to do everything there are two⁣ ⁣considerations: It’s⁣ ⁣ going to take a bit longer to make⁣ ⁣ changes and it’s certainly going to cost⁣ ⁣you some money as well so the third⁣ ⁣thing that you should be able to ask⁣ ⁣your web designer is “Will you provide me⁣ ⁣the source files once the project is⁣ underway or once the project has finished?”.

You need to know if you⁣ ⁣have the option to take those source⁣ files that is the actual work that your web⁣ ⁣designer is creating and potentially⁣ ⁣give it to someone else in order to⁣ ⁣complete the task if the project does go wrong at any point or if you just decide⁣ to use someone⁣ ⁣ else to create your website. So you need⁣ ⁣to know that you can get the source files⁣ ⁣for your website and the answer really⁣ ⁣should be “yes”.

 

Question #4 – Who owns the website?
So the fourth⁣ ⁣question to ask them is “Will I be the⁣ ⁣registered owner of my website?”. Lots of web designers would register the⁣ ⁣ domains for the websites that they’re⁣ ⁣working on even if it was a client site⁣ ⁣rather than their own and that doesn’t⁣ ⁣ mean to say that they had any intentions⁣ ⁣ beneath that, it might have just been⁣ ⁣that was convenient for them to do so at⁣ ⁣the time. Perhaps they couldn’t get hold⁣ ⁣of their client in order to get all of⁣ ⁣ the details necessary for the⁣ ⁣registration of the details they had⁣ ⁣were incorrect so they just decided to⁣ ⁣register the domain in their own name⁣ ⁣and that’s fine if it⁣ ⁣works well at the time, but if⁣ ⁣the relationship starts to sour⁣ ⁣at any point, that client is going to want⁣ ⁣to have their website back and they’re⁣ ⁣going to be one to be recognized as the⁣ ⁣official owner of that website so it’s⁣ ⁣ important that you make sure that your web⁣ ⁣ designer is buying your domain on behalf⁣ ⁣of you and that the domain is registered to⁣ ⁣you so that you are the legal owner and⁣ ⁣registrant of that domain.

 

Question #5 – Can I see drafts?
Then finally⁣ ⁣that gives you the option to transfer⁣ ⁣that domain away from your web designer⁣ ⁣into perhaps another web host where you⁣ ⁣have full control of how it’s being used⁣ ⁣so the fifth thing to question to ask⁣ ⁣your web designer is “Can I see the⁣ ⁣drafts of the website before you⁣ ⁣actually finalize the site?”. It’s really important⁣ to understand that you need to review⁣ ⁣your site before it goes live and you⁣ need to do this really thoroughly⁣ . You need to almost try to break it to⁣ find something that doesn’t⁣ ⁣work with it. Rigorously check the copy⁣ ⁣rigorously check the links, and rigorously check that all the images⁣ ⁣work in the place that they do because⁣ ⁣ once something is published on the⁣ internet there’s a record of it there⁣ ⁣forever and certainly if Google crawls⁣ ⁣your site and its content that you’re⁣ ⁣not happy with or content that’s⁣ ⁣incorrect or that doesn’t position you⁣ ⁣in the right way there’s the potential⁣ ⁣that you will not appear for the⁣ ⁣ searches that you want to appear in.

Google will make an assumption⁣ ⁣about what you do based on that first⁣ ⁣ crawl and that will be an assumption⁣ ⁣ that you have to overturn over a period⁣ ⁣of time so it’s really important that⁣ ⁣you get to see the draft of your website⁣ ⁣before it actually gets⁣ published and it goes live.

 

Question #6 – What SEO will you do?
The sixth⁣ question to⁣ ask your web designer is “What SEO⁣ ⁣techniques will you use on your site?”.⁣ ⁣ It’s often the case that web⁣ ⁣designers overlook this because SEO is a somewhat⁣ ⁣technical area that the web designers⁣ ⁣ will say to their clients that they worry about. If you are a⁣ client it’s important that you know what⁣ ⁣ they mean by handling the SEO. There are⁣ ⁣ lots of things that go into SEO. There’s⁣ ⁣how crawlable the website is, how easy is it to navigate from link to⁣ ⁣link, how it can help Google⁣ ⁣understand what other pages portray, and then what the page topic is. These are all slightly different areas⁣ ⁣and it might be that your web designer⁣ ⁣is very good in one part and not-so-good⁣ ⁣in another so if they are saying that⁣ ⁣ they are going to look after the SEO, you⁣ ⁣need to know exactly what that means⁣ . Maybe they’re just going to take care of⁣ ⁣ getting the website registered with⁣ ⁣Google Webmaster Tools and that’s all⁣ ⁣they mean by SEO. Maybe they say they’re⁣ ⁣ going to review your copy and make sure⁣ ⁣that it has the right keyword⁣ ⁣ density. These are vastly different tasks so it’s important⁣ ⁣ that you understand what they mean by⁣ ⁣handling the SEO

See: 7 Simple SEO Tips To Boost Website Rankings In 2021

Written by Dieter Blom

Dieter is a 24-year-old entrepreneur and business owner at Versys Media (PTY) Ltd and Neotech (PTY) Ltd as well as a Model and Actor having appeared on "Model" the TV show, with an involvement in various cryptocurrency investments.

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