• Failure to ask the right questions when designing a website can lead to a process that’s needlessly long and costly and produces results that don’t align with your expectations.
  • You should ask if they’ve worked with businesses in your industry or any related industry. If they have, they’ll have a decent idea of the style and content you’ll be interested in and the experience to hit the ground running.
  • Make sure to discuss the specifics of how long the process will take right at the outset, to avoid any undue stress later on. Sometimes, business owners may envision an unrealistic deadline due to a lack of in-depth knowledge of what goes into the process of designing a new website.
  • Getting a comprehensive price quote up front is essential. With web design, there can be many variances in size, scope and technology from one site to the next, and that’s not always apparent at first glance.
  • Websites need periodic maintenance and will need to be updated to remain current. You’ll want your website to remain secure and relevant, and that won’t happen on its own. Most website development companies also offer services centered around web maintenance.

For business owners or managers, taking on the task of developing a business website can be intimidating. For anyone that’s never experienced the process before, it’s difficult to conceptualize all of the research, decision making and just plain hard work that it takes to build an entire website from scratch. Fortunately, there are plenty of web developers, like Comit, who have the know-how and the experience to make the process much easier for those looking to create a new site.

That doesn’t mean, however, that business owners can simply submit a request to a web designer and walk away. In reality, it’s important for business owners to know what to ask a potential web designer before embarking with them on the journey to a new website. In fact, failure to ask the right questions at the beginning can lead to a process that’s needlessly long and costly and produces results that don’t align with your expectations. To help, we’ve created a list of five questions you should ask your web developer when designing a new site.

1 – Do you have experience relevant to our industry?

There are plenty of web designers out there, and they all try to put their best foot forward when working with a new client. To that end, most will provide a portfolio of sites they’ve designed in the past. While that can provide a decent idea of their capabilities, you should ask if they’ve worked with businesses in your industry or any related industry. If they have, they’ll have a decent idea of the style and content you’ll be interested in and the experience to hit the ground running.

2 – How long will the process take?

One of the most common problems that tend to crop up between web designers and business owners are misunderstandings about timeframes and deliverables. Sometimes, business owners may envision an unrealistic deadline due to a lack of in-depth knowledge on what goes into the process of designing a new website. Make sure to discuss the specifics of how long the process will take right at the outset, to avoid any undue stress later on.

3 – How much will the project cost?

As with any project, getting a comprehensive price quote up front is essential. This is especially true when it comes to web design because there can be so much variance in size, scope and technology from one site to the next, and that’s not always apparent at first glance. For example, a five-page static website does not entail the same amount of work as a five-page CMS-based website with a complex database and an e-commerce integration, although the resulting pages may appear similar.

4 – What role will I play in the process?

In general, web designers will need support from the business owner or manager throughout the design process to make sure they’re producing a site that’s consistent with the needs of the business. Depending on the situation, that support can range from periodic progress meetings to direct collaboration in producing site content, and anything in between. Before beginning the project, it’s a good idea to know what you’re committing to do in advance so the process will run smoothly throughout.

5 – Who is responsible for maintaining the site when it’s complete?

Once your new business website is complete and goes live, the process isn’t actually over. That’s because websites need periodic maintenance and will need to be updated to remain current and safe. It’s important to determine who will be responsible for those tasks in advance, so you can make the appropriate arrangements. After all, you’ll want your new website to remain secure and relevant for years to come, and that won’t happen on its own. Most website development companies also offer services centered around web maintenance.

The Key to Successful Collaboration

The questions we’ve listed here shouldn’t be the end of the conversation you have with a potential web designer, but rather the beginning of a dialogue that should continue throughout the process of building your new website. Keeping lines of communication open and information flowing in both directions helps to ensure that your project is completed on time, within budget and with results you’ll be thrilled with. Your designer will appreciate the clarity, and you’ll be helping them to do a great job, too!

If you are interested in building a new business website, contact us today. We can answer all of these questions and any others you may have. We’re sure you’ll be happy with the answers we have for you, and we’d be more than happy to be your partner throughout the process of turning your business website vision into a reality you’ll love!