When you are choosing a web designer, to save yourself time and money, consider these factors:
1) To be fair to the designer, be clear about your reasons for wanting a website and what you hope to accomplish by having one.
2) What features/functions do you need? Surf the internet, and find at least three to five websites that are appealing to you. Tell the designer what it is you like about those websites and why you need those features. Also tell the designer what you don’t like.
3) If you are in too much of a hurry to do steps one and two, you will regret it later. Wait until you’ve adequately researched the matter and have some clear goals and ideas in mind. If you keep changing your plan, adding or taking away features, the cost will increase and so will the frustration.
4) Does the designer have the experience or sample portfolio to create the kind of site and features that you need?
5) If you are clear about what you need in a website or blog, a designer should be able to give you a fair quote on the cost. Be cautious when you are only given their hourly fee charge….. with no estimation of time or total cost projection.
6 Does the designer have a Terms of Service? When and how much do you have to pay, what happens if they can’t deliver in the time or date given? How far in advance do they schedule, how soon will they be able to start on your project? Who provides the written information that will be displayed on the site?
7. Often times, designers are waiting on information from the client. If you expect the designer to be completed by the due date, you will need to provide the information in a timely manner.
Working your way thru these issues beforehand, will result in a more pleasant experience for you and your designer!