When looking for a web design company most people will shop around, which is a great idea but beware. If something sounds too good to be true, chances are it probably is. It really comes down to you get what you paid for. So, if a web design company offers to do your website for a lot less than others, you need to ask yourself why? Why can this company do my website for less? The more questions you ask the more likely you are to find out why. Ask them the following questions: Is the website a template site?, Is your web design company located in the United States?, Are you a recent college graduate or are you still in college?, Do you have experience? and Will you provide me with a project scope?.
When looking at a web design company’s portfolio, keep a look out for sites that look an awful lot alike. If a web design company has a few websites in their portfolio that look nearly identical in design ask if they are template websites. Some web design companies make or purchase templates and use the same template and just change the wording or colors for all of their clients. Every business is different so using the same design for numerous businesses does not work and will lead to unhappy clients. If a web design company prices your website a lot cheaper than others they might be using a template to build your website rather than building you a fully customizable website to fit your business.
This is one of the most important questions to ask web design companies, are they located in the United States or India or do they outsource their work to other countries? Often times you can tell if you speak with someone over the phone where they are from but some US web design companies outsource their work to India. So many times we hear horror stories of businesses which used a web design company they did not know was located in India or were outsourcing work to India. From our experience we have never heard or seen a good website from India, this is because they are doing the work for a lot less than US companies will. These Indian web design companies charge a lot less because they are not experienced, do not produce quality work and may even use template websites. Because of this be very weary of who is building your website. We are not saying that all US companies are good or even that all of them are better than India, but what we are saying is that we are almost positive if your web design company is in India you will NOT be happy with your website.
A lot of people know someone that knows someone who went to school or is in school for web design, but would you really want them to build you a site right out of school? College Students and even recent graduates lack the experience necessary to produce top quality websites. It takes years of trial and error for web designers and programmers to be able to produce quality custom websites. With years of experience in the web industry the designers and programmers at WebDuck Designs are capable of producing top of the line custom websites.
Portfolios are a great point of reference to see what the web design company is capable of. Look through the web design portfolios and see what they have produced for other clients. Visit some or all of the websites built and check to make sure the programming and other website functions work properly. If you have time to dig a little deeper you might want to call some of the clients from their web design portfolio. Past clients should be able to tell you about their experience in dealing with the web design company and tell you if they would recommend the company. Has the web design company built a website similar in nature or in size? It is not the most important question to ask, but it can help you get an even better idea of what your website will be like.
Web design companies should provide new clients with a project scope. The project scope should a list of the items the web design company will provide you with and should outline what you are responsible for (payment, content etc.). This outline can be used as a reference during the building process of your website to avoid any miscommunication problems. Project scopes are a great way for you to be certain that you are getting everything you want and you have it in writing if there are any questions.
Project scopes are also good to have in the event you are trying to choose a web design company. While many web design companies will not provide a detailed scope before you agree to working with them, they should be able to provide you with some sort of a scope. It is hard to compare company A to company B if you are not provided with a scope because you don’t know exactly what it is you are comparing.
When deciding which web design company to use, be sure to take into consideration their answers to the above questions. Remember if something sounds too good to be true it probably is. If you get a much lower quote from one web design company there is most likely a reason behind it, they could be inexperienced, use templates or be located in another country.