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How to Find a Decent Web Designer

The first strategy you can employ is time-tested. Ask someone for a referral. Most of our clients come through referrals and word of mouth is usually the best strategy when picking a web designer because it’s usually what we do with all other services or trades… we ask our friends. You need a carpenter, painter, plumber… the first thing we usually do is ask around to see if our friends and family knows anyone and it usually works out fine. (Assuming of course that your friends LIKE their web designers!)

The second strategy is to look at sites that you like, whether its in your local town or industry, or simply some site that you happened to stumble upon. Most times web development companies have a referral link on the bottom of their client’s sites, so you can check them out and see if the rest of their work is cool. But before you contact them, drop a note to the site’s owner. Make sure they had a good experience before you get yourself into a proposal process. Most small business website owners will be happy to take a minute to tell you whether their designer gets a thumbs up or thumbs down. This is probably the second most likely reason we get contacted… someone saw a site we did and then they asked the site owner if things went well, then they contact us directly.

The third strategy could seem a little scary because it involves reaching out to strangers either through a web search, an advertisement or some random link you saw somewhere. This is the web equivalent of a cold call and there are some things you can take into consideration.

When you’re talking with them, do they seem to throw a lot of technical terms at you, like a car mechanic who throws out a lot of incomprehensible mumbo jumbo but doesn’t bother trying to explain it in regular terms? Do they suggest building a site that you can control over or do you get the feeling that they really want to do all the updates themselves? Last but not least, do they have enough experience? You should be able to see at least 15-20 projects they’ve done. You don’t have to like them all, but they should clearly show a variety of styles and content types, because this will tell you that they’ve worked with lots of different types of clients.

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