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You know you need a new website, but where do you begin? Do you know what you want? More importantly, do you know what you need?
Most businesses really have no idea what they need when it comes to their website. They are too busy running their businesses. They may think they know what they like, but that may not be what they need and what ultimately makes their website a success. Both you and your web design company need to ask good questions.
You should be able to determine who can help you based on some basic information that your prospective web design company provides. If you choose selectively, you will find a web design company that is able to guide you through the development of your website by asking you the right questions that help you to determine what you need, and what will best serve your business, based on your company goals.
You'll need to know several things about the web design company before you choose. Ask for portfolio examples. Be sure you like their work. Ask for client references. Call them. Ask about the process. One of the biggest stumbling blocks between a web design company and a client is agreeing on the design. What if you don't like the way it looks? What is the limit on revisions and how does this affect the cost of the website? How will you make updates to the site? Is there a content management system? Many clients find themselves stuck with a company who doesn't have time for them once their site is launched and paid for. This can lead to your site becoming stale and outdated quickly. (Check Those References!)
One of the biggest concerns you should have is how the website will be marketed once its finished. If you choose a web Design Company with no internet marketing personnel, your site could be lost in cyberspace. These are all important questions you need to ask a prospective web design company.
Not only will YOU need to ask the right question, but your web design company should be asking good questions too, in order to develop a proposal for a new website that meets your business objectives. They should be asking about your business, your products and services, your current marketing, and about your company goals.
The most important thing a good web design company needs to ask is about your customers and specifically about your target market. Who are your customers (you will need to group them)? What do they need? How do they search? Are they technical or emotional? What kind of information do they need and want in order to make a decision to do business with you? What will appeal to them? All of these answers will determine the design, function and marketing of your site and thus your "needs" for a new website.