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Choosing a Web Designer in Nottingham

By: Martin Hansen Lennox at WebFertile

Submitted on Thu, Apr 2nd, 2009 10:53 am

Be careful when choosing a designer — there are many who claim to be qualified but have no real experience. You should certainly ask to see some examples of previous work. You should also ask if the designer is able to do the following: Manually write HTML code. Work with languages such as JavaScript. Create forms and other interactive content. Optimise for Google and other search engines. Design websites in a secure server environment. Even if you don't need these for your particular website, any web designer worth his or her salt will have these skills and it's a good way to ensure that they are competent. If they lack any of these skills they probably aren't qualified to design a serious business website. You can also ask what software they plan to use to create your website design.  Very few professional designers use Microsoft Frontpage for web design — this would be a warning sign. Adobe Dreamweaver and other similar programs are very good and correspondingly expensive. While owning DW doesn't mean a designer knows how to use it well, at least it demonstrates good choice and a financial commitment to having the best web design tools. Some web designers work only with plain text editors such as Notepad. In theory this is a good sign — it means they write all their code by hand which shows a thorough understanding of the medium. Please don't get too hung up on what software they use — it's just an indicator. Ask what they can / will do to optimise the site for search engines such as Google and Yahoo. If they don't know, or if they say that choosing good metatags is all you need to do, then they don't really know what they are doing. Ask how they plan to develop your website design. How do they assess your needs? How and when will you be consulted during construction?  What happens if you don't like their design? Also ask about intellectual property and who will eventually own the site. Some web designers like to retain copyright, but in our opinion the site should belong to you no with conditions at all. Last but not least, ask about price. Don't be sucked in by cheap quotes — they usually mean that something is missing. On the other hand, if you are quoted more than a few thousand pounds you should expect a truly stunning result — most websites can be made for less than this. Don't forget to ask about the cost of upgrades and maintenance. WebFertile offer free no-obligation help and advice on the net - please contact us. Continue Reading
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