Finding a website designer
There are a few ways to find a web designer, but we are going to cover how to most effectively get the correct web designer for the job.
Local web designers vs. outsourced web designers (Support):
First if you do not understand much about computers and want to stay hands off with the project, aim for finding a web designer in your area. This way you can physically sit down and check through reports, designs and plans for your website on the web.
If you are comfortable reaching out through email and comfortable attaching pictures and written content for your website revisions it is okay to choose a web design company to work on your website remotely. But, that brings up a great question. How soon should you go when finding a project manager?
I always recommend sticking within two hours of your current timezone. Why would I suggest this when finding a website developer? Easy, when you are having an emergency and you need someone to tech the problem, it's an amazing benefit to have a web designer that is on the same hours as you and does not mind working on the task right that second.
Local web developers vs. outsourced web developers (Price):
Sure you will save yourself a few dollars by choosing a web developer in a country other than yours, but more often than not you may have to overcome or overlook language barriers which could end costing you a lot of time. Not to mention during your productive hours, the designer you hired outside could be resting and to me that could be asking for trouble.
What should I ask for when finding a web designer?
More often than not you will not need to ask for much, other than examples and the costs.
Make sure your designer is up to par on their software, hosting and (Search Engine Optimization) strategies.
I say this because a degree now-a-days in Graphic Design doesnt mean too much. Some of the greatest designers I know learned everything by themselves.
My main rule of thumb is that if you have found a web designer that does not understand the basic Content Management Systems out there like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal and the PHP and MySQL carried out on the server that makes them operational, you should keep looking .
Most non-complex projects should be done in one of the above CMS mentioned. Reason being is with a content management systems, you are generally given login credentials to complete changes to the basic text on your website. If you fire a member of your company or update your phone number, you are not forced to compensate your web designer to make modifications on the fly after signing off on the website contract.
I have become friends with many website designers in the industry through my company with college degrees in Graphic Design, that still use programs and techniques from ten years ago that do not work well and even worse they use SEO techniques that could get you stripped out of on Google's search SERPs. Check the ranking of their other passing projects and do not be afraid to pay them for qualified SEO services.
When looking for a web designer for a difficult design, you will need to see testimonials, traffic reports and comparisons on previous design projects that company has finished that looks like what you want.
If your business is trying to find a complete package that includes print design similar to what we offer, ask for sample fliers, business cards, and the quanitity in which the company cans create them and turn them around for you to use.
Hope this was useful!