When it comes to choosing a web design company you do need to take some care in order not to end with a bill that is larger than you wanted, or a site this is not like the one you thought you had ordered.
Whilst there are a lot of web design companies out there, there are also a number of cowboys out there who will take your money and run, and in such cases sadly there is little that you can do about the results, as if they deliver you a site that is not like the one you wanted, in legal terms they have still fulfilled their obligation in delivering the site.
Check Previous Designs and The Web Company’s Portfolio
You should always look for a web design company that can provide examples of sites that are similar to your requirements. Ideally you should also be able to take up references from companies that they have done work for. If your potential web design company cannot offer these or is reluctant to do so then this should set alarm bells ringing.
Also always look for a web design company that offers an honest an open pricing policy so that you are always in control of the costs of your website.
The key cost driver can often be the rates that companies charge for adhoc work, this is whereby you are paying by the hour for certain aspects of your web design, rather than paying a fixed price for the service. This can often lead to unexpectedly high bills.
Take A Look At The Hosting Bill
You should also look at the hosting charges for the service, and what you get included within that price. As an example it is not uncommon to get the first years web hosting included within the price. However you need to check out what the subsequent years hosting bills are going to be, if not you may have a nasty surprise when it come to renewing the hosting.
Also when it comes to web hosting you need to look at what your exit strategy will be, as for an example you may get a big hosting bill, and then decide that you wish to switch providers, only to find that you do not actually own your website. If this is the case then it can cost a lot of money to get out of the deal and switch your website to another hosting company.
These are all simple tips to consider when selecting a web designer.