When you’re starting out in business, or even an established business, a professional digital presence is crucial. But once you have decided to launch or revamp a website, how do you choose a web designer? Well a great place to start is to ask whether your web designer can build you a WordPress website. At KateCoote. all the websites we design and build utilise this popular CMS (Content Management System). The user-friendly platform powers around 75 million websites. It’s innovative, versatile and it will allow your website to grow with your business.
Here are five more things to look for when you want to choose a web designer.
Check out their threads.
Look at their website, and I mean really look at it! See how it displays on mobile devices. It might look super pretty, but does it function? Do the links to the company’s social channels work? Indeed, are there any links to their social channels? If you can’t find your way around a website that belongs to a web designer, alarm bells should ring.
Stalk them (but not in a weird way).
Any web designer worth their salt should be easily found when you Google their name. If they’re not then something is wrong. Similarly, Google some of their past clients, and see whether they have designed and built websites that register with the search engines. Check your web designer out on social. I’m not a fan of the numbers game and 10 billion followers won’t necessarily impress me, but if a web designer has no social presence then I’d question their digital strategy.
What about the extras?
A web designer may offer other digital services. We do! When you engage KateCoote. we can help you with social media marketing, email marketing, copywriting and other digital services. But if a web designer lists general office administration, event planning and personal errands in their services, they’re not a web designer. They’re a virtual assistant, who dabbles in web design on the side.
No holding back.
We’ve come across several instances lately, where businesses have asked us to consider working on their WordPress website, only to discover they have limited access to its functionality. If you’re paying for a website, make sure it’s yours, in its entirety!
The cheapest option is not the best option.
Yes, there are low cost options out there. You can even design and build your own website. But your website is your shop window to the world, so you need it to reflect your business and professionalism. If a web designer is offering you a custom built, fully mobile responsive, search engine optimised website for £1000, it might sound to good to be true… That’s probably because it is. Remember, like everything in life you get what you pay for.
At KateCoote. we review, develop and design websites so that they do what they are supposed to. Convert visitors into clients and customers. If you’d like to talk to us about web design, give us a call.