5 Things to Tell Your Web Designer Before Starting Your Project...
Have you ever found yourself working with or outsourcing projects to someone and had no idea what to ask or what to expect out of your intro meeting? I don't know about you, but I have.
Knowing what to ask your web designer can be a struggle...especially if your previous developer/designer did not do their job correctly, in this blog, I will outline 5 key things to tell/ask your web designer before creating your new site.
Ask about their preferred way of communicating
Communication is KEY. especially when you are investing thousands of dollars into your company's virtual presence. In some cases, if you are an e-commerce site, your website could be the way you make the most of your money. Make sure you have an easy way of communication and weekly, if not daily, updates from your designer.
Ask them what their timeline is
You have every right to ask what their timeline is. This is most important when you are wanting to launch a certain product or service by a specific date. More importantly, this allows you to hold your designer accountable!
Tell them the type of content you would like to see on your website
Content, in this day and age, is one of the most important aspects of any virtual presence. This can include any brand photography, headshots, videography, testimonials, etc. If you & your designer decide that this will be a part of your site it will be crucial to produce the content before site completion.
Give them the right to view your companies branding guide
This is VERY IMPORTANT. This step is what helps your designer create a consistent look that your viewers remember about your brand. This will also eliminate unneeded email exchanges and more time for you to run your company :)
Tell them what you would like your website focal points to be
Your site's focal point should ALWAYS be your homepage. Your homepage should include a link in some way to every page available on your website. Along with this, common focal points can be pages such as your service page, or pages that highlight significant parts of your organization like funding initiatives, large services, impact reports, etc.
Knowing how to approach this meeting with your designer can be intimidating no matter if you have a large organization or a small business. This is your time to be a visionary and collaborate with the designer to create a website you are proud of! If you are interested in reading more about why hiring a designer is important read this blog for more information.
Until next time!
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