Finding The Right Web Design Company For Your Business
As a full-service web design and digital marketing company Fort Lauderdale, we’ve had the opportunity to support companies not only in Fort Lauderdale but throughout South Florida. Some clients are coming to us with no prior web presence, others have come to us to better their current web design and SEO strategy. We’ve compiled a list of things to help you make the right choice for your business’s needs:
Know Your Web Design Budget
It’s really important to have your budget figured out (a range is perfectly fine) before you even start looking at web design companies. Be prepared to share your budget with the companies you’re interviewing. In reality, not every company is right for you. Some may specialize in bigger companies and be too expensive while some might be way cheaper because they lack the experience or quality you’re looking for. Having your budget ready and being honest about what you’re ready to invest will help you narrow down your search and find the company that best fits within your budget. Make sure to get a good deal, not a bad bargain.
Website Customer Support
Communication is the key to success in a web design project. If they have amazing skills but poor communication, this will not help you when you cannot reach them during important milestones that are time-sensitive. Test the company’s customer service and see how long it takes them to respond and how detailed they are in response to your inquiries. This will be a pretty good indicator of how they will perform for you when you are mid-project.
View Website Design Portfolios
Always, always, always view a company’s work before signing an agreement with them. As the old adage goes, “the proof is in the pudding.” Looking through the company’s previous work will give you a good idea of how your website will look in the end. Don’t just settle for a portfolio with good-looking websites. Look for a company with a portfolio of good-looking websites that perform well and have stats to back it up.
Read Reviews and Testimonials about Web Design, Web Support, and Website Services
It’s one thing to hear from the agency about how great they are, but sometimes you need to hear it from other people who’ve worked with the company. If you’re trying to decide between several different web design companies, take a look at what past clients have said about them on review sites like Google and Facebook.
They Have Longevity in Web Design and Digital Marketing
The web may change very fast these days, but that doesn’t mean you should trust some fly-by-night web design company that probably won’t be around in a year. Every year there are tons of new design companies that pop up—and just as many that close down. A true test of a web design agency’s ability is its longevity. You want a company that’s been around for a while—and one that plans to stick around. The more experience a design company has, the more they’ve had to change and adapt to the many new trends of the internet. And the more likely they’ll be around next year to help support your new website.
Keep It All in One Place – Business Class Services (Domain, Email, Website, Internet Marketing, Applications, Hosting, Webmaster Support and more)
It’s very helpful and convenient to be able to simply have one company handle everything that relates to your website and online presence. Secondary services are anything that will support your business and your online presence. That could be graphic design services, copywriting, domain names, hosting, support, and most importantly online marketing like SEO and SEM. You want to know that the company you’re dealing with can offer you a full range of services that relate to your website and that they have good solid marketing skills.
Your website is an investment into the future of your business and you are going to want to make it work for you and it’s going to have a life cycle alongside your business. It’s a long-term project for you and as you develop your business, you will want to make the most out of it using different services to promote your business, as you grow professionally.
Choose the Web design company that’s right for YOU
We said it before, but let us say it again – make sure the web design company you choose is the one that’s right for you. That means they understand your business, fit your budget and have designed things you like. If you’ve thought through these things and have a company that meets your criteria – go for it!
Think JLB might be the right web design company for your project? Contact us today!