When considering a Web team for your next Website project, check references and keep in mind the following:
1. Go with an established company that has been in business over 10 years
2. Check the Web designer’s Website for the following:
- Review the portfolio and note the quality and depth of the client Websites and the size of the clients.
- Look for testimonials.
- Look for Project Methodology.
- Look for a customer service turn-around policy.
3. Go with a Web team that:
- Understands business and asks the right questions about your business.
- Is proactive and makes recommendations rather than just doing the work.
- Offer all aspects of your web project: from design, programming, database development, copywriting, hosting, ecommerce, and online marketing.
- Owns its own RAID 5 Web servers, routers, and switches for hosting and understands security.
- Uses a team of specialists for your project such as degreed designers, developers, business management professionals, and certified online marketing specialists. Interview the people who may work on your project.
- Provides detailed and easy to understand fixed-bid quotes and proposals. The quality and timeliness of the quote will give you an idea of the work quality and service.
Have the peace of mind knowing MyWebteam, Inc. is the Web design industry leader in Southern California that has all of the above items addressed.
Beware of the following from other Web designers:
- Low prices: you get what you pay for. A penny saved can be a dollar lost in the long run. Don’t go cheap on your company image—people will see it.
- Low prices: it’s a common practice in our industry to out-source your Website design and/or development to off-shore companies such as India. The quality tends to be poorer, takes longer, and takes away jobs in our country.
- Low prices: it’s a common practice in our industry to auto-generate Webpages by software that exports the design into HTML pages: increases the file size due to extra code and causes slower down-load times. We craft Webpages individually by hand.
- No office location to meet at: reflects home-based businesses by designers/programmers who may be in-between jobs and may not be around in the future.
- Vague quotes that are hard to understand: may lead to future conflicts if everything is not defined.
- Designs that are sold as exclusive may be reused for other clients.
- Websites purposely built complex by using lots confusing layers of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), nested framesets, and/or programming code so that you cannot update the Website easily with a standard HTML editor such as Dreamweaver. Visually the Website looks simple and normal, but the code is very complex so that the original developer only knows. This technique is used maliciously unknowingly to the Client and "lock" them into the Web designer/developer for any future updates, usually charging them high prices for any small update that the Client can normally do by themselves. This will also make it hard to move away from the original Web designer/developer to another Web designer/developer, and cost a lot of extra time and money to do so.
For more information, check out our Manager’s Website Resource Guide at www.about-websites.com. This Website is an information-rich resource for business owners and management looking to partner with a Website design and development partner. This resource guide will give you a better understanding of our industry, inform you on what to look for (and watch out for) in Web design firms, and educate you on proper Web design, layout and development standards used in professional Websites.