8 Questions To Ask Your Web Design Company

Your website is the online face of your business. New and prospective clients will visit your website to gain valuable information about your company, and the impression they form of your website will greatly influence what they think of your company. Having a good website is no longer an added bonus for companies - it is an essential component of success.

Unless you're extremely tech-savvy and a great graphic designer, you'll probably want to hire a website design company to construct your site. While you may be tempted to build your own with one of the free website templates, these templated sites cannot showcase the unique personality of your business and rarely rank well in Google. For these (and other) reasons, hiring a professional website design company is the best way to get an effective, high-quality website for your business.

When you choose a company to design your website, you want to be confident that you are choosing a team of professionals who are up-to-date on the latest industry standards, well-versed in the latest SEO requirements, accessible, and dedicated to your company's success. As you interview potential companies, asking these questions can help you determine which one will be best able to meet your needs.

1. Will My Site Be Mobile-Friendly?
In today's increasingly mobile world, having a mobile-friendly website is essential. Whether that means having a responsive design that will scale to fit varying screen sizes or building a stand-alone mobile site for devices, your web designer should be able to provide you with an effective mobile-friendly site. 

2. Can You Quote My Price Upfront?
The rates charged for web design vary greatly from company to company. Before you hire a designer to build your site, ask if they can inform you of the total cost upfront. The last thing you'll want is to be hit with surprise costs and hidden fees after you are locked into a contract.

3. What's Included In The Cost?
Not only will trustworthy web designers be able to quote you an upfront cost - they'll be able to tell you exactly what you're paying for when you use their services. This will enable you to understand what services you are entitled to and which ones you may have to pay extra for.

4. How Long Does Your Contract Last?
Often, companies will include a hosting agreement with their website design contract. Some website design companies may require that you stay with them for a minimum of 6-12 months (or sometimes even longer) before you can take your website elsewhere.

5. Who Will Own My Domain?
Your web address is an important part of your company's online presence. As the business owner, it makes sense that the domain should be registered under your name so that you maintain sole ownership of this piece of virtual property. Be cautious of web designers who want to keep ownership of your domain themselves.

6. How Do You Handle Website Updates?
Ongoing updates are a critical component of good web design. Having recently updated content can help boost your website's rankings in Google, as well as ensuring that your online visitors have access to up-to-date information. Find out if your designer will handle updates personally or if you will be expected to perform the updates yourself. If your company offers to do them for you, find out how soon you can expect to see your updates performed and whether or not you will be required to pay for the updates.

7. Do You Build Your Sites From Templates?
As a general rule, it's best to steer clear of template-based websites. Template sites are designed to fit most companies' needs, most of the time. They cannot possibly account for the unique needs of your business. Additionally, template-based sites often do not rank as well in Google and other search engines. For these reasons, you may be better off finding a company who will custom build your website from scratch.

8. Can I See Examples Of Your Previous Work?
Any website design company worth its salt will be able to provide you with an online portfolio with links to other websites the company has designed. This online portfolio will be incredibly valuable to you as you decide which company to hire. It doesn't matter how smooth a company's sales pitch is - if you aren't impressed with their portfolio, you should plan on taking your business elsewhere.

Trust MSW Interactive Designs With Your Website Design Needs!
If you are looking for an affordable website design company, look no further than MSW Interactive Designs. Here are our simplified answers to each of the questions we just posed:
  1. Will My Site Be Mobile-Friendly? Yes! We can build your website with a responsive design or, if you would prefer, we can construct a separate mobile site that allows for maximum control over the site's layout.
  2. Can You Quote My Price Upfront? Yes! Our pricing is based on a simple per-page design fee. Our clients know the total cost of their website upfront, without any surprises or hidden fees.
  3. What's Included In The Cost? Our website pricing includes a professional custom design that can be reworked and tweaked as many times as needed to ensure you are 100% happy with the result. We will construct your site in accordance with the latest SEO requirements. Our monthly website hosting includes email hosting and free content updates to your website.
  4. How Long Does Your Contract Last? We don't like being locked into long-term contracts any more than you do. Almost all of our services are structured around month-to-month contracts, including our website hosting.
  5. Who Will Own My Domain? You will! You own your business, and you'll own your domain. If you would prefer that we purchase (and handle the renewals of) your domain on your behalf, we certainly can. If you decide to discontinue our services for any reason, we promise you will always have easy access to your domain - no strings attached.
  6. How Do You Handle Website Updates? We typically perform website updates for our clients in-house. We ask that our clients simply send us an email with their desired changes. As an outside estimate, we promise that all updates will be performed within two days. However, they almost always happen much more quickly - often within two hours or less. Don't forget that all content updates to existing websites are completed free of charge!
  7. Do You Build Your Sites From Templates? No templates here. All of our websites are custom-built for each specific client.
  8. Can I See Examples Of Your Previous Work? Of course! Click here to view our online portfolio of our recent work.

Interested in learning more about our website design services? Visit our website at www.MSWInteractiveDesigns.com or call 573-552-8403 to request a free, no-pressure estimate!

~ Post by Bailey Puppel, Internet Marketing Specialist

Phone: 877-211-5492



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