How to Find the Right Web Design Company?

What does the above quotation convey? To have a portal, you have to commit mistakes. Isn’t that funny? No, not at all. It may be a motivating sentence, but it can be doomsday for small startups with little investment in the business. This article has been done especially for small startups who want to make it in their respective fields and are planning to launch their Website lo, looking for a facelift or adding new functionalities to their existing site, or aren’t sure about their design requirements.

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Choosing a Web Design Company

With many web designers and developers, from freelancers to agencies to online templates, how do you know the right fit for your company and, more importantly, for your goals and objectives? Choosing a web design company is not a serious job. But choosing a good web design company is a real serious challenge. People say that the Internet has made business processes simple and global, but what about the unique Internet’s complexities? Search for the term “Good Web Design Firm” on Google, and millions of results come up. For the normal human being, searching for every result is impossible. We will go through the entire process of selecting a Web Design and Development company in a structured way.

STEP 1 – Planning

The first step involves defining your needs. While searching for the right web designer, it is important to clearly understand what role your new Web site or a redesigned one will fill. Will it provide information to your customers? Will it serve the needs of your employees? Or will it include an online shopping section so that you can sell your products to visitors? Most Web designers will need to know the following:


Before you approach your designer, take time to consider what you expect from your Website and the type of information you want to communicate to your potential clients. This will save you and the designer considerable time and effort.

STEP 2 – Searching and Creating a Primary List

Searching is a vigorous process that does not require any special skill other than diligence to achieve good results that effectively fulfill your requirements. It does not have to be pervasive research work. Just scan through directories, check Google listings on specific keyword searches, and ask for referrals from your friends or business partners.

Referral: Ask business acquaintances, friends, and family which web design firm designed the Website for their respective organizations or if they can otherwise recommend a web design firm.

Web sites: Determine the web design firm responsible for the websites of organizations you admire. These organizations may be your competitors or in related or unrelated industries. Sometimes, the web design firm is included in the site credits or listed elsewhere. If you cannot find the credits on the site, please contact the organization and ask which web design firm is responsible for the Website. This can also be a good source for references for that web design firm.

STEP 3 – Evaluating and Shortlisting

Once you have gathered a list of potential web design firms, you can pare them down to a shortlist. This requires a bit of research work. o Portfolio – It’s about the three C’s – Credibility, Consistency, and Capability. How consistent are they? What are the parameters by which the company can fulfill your requirements? Are there any testimonials that speak about their credibility? Do the projects in the portfolio have a consistent quality? Have they consistently given good results in the given time frame? Has the Web design company provided solutions to other companies in your industry? Have they dealt with similar challenges to those faced by your organization? These are some important factors to consider. When you’ve narrowed your search to a few design sources (through recommendations, web directories, or your competitors’ sites), evaluate their online portfolios and rate structure. A website doesn’t have to be flashy or animated to do its job. Browse sites they have built, check ease of navigation, information organization, overall cleanliness, and visitor-friendliness. Also, consider hiring a firm familiar with your type of business. Go through the success stories/case studies on their Website and corroborate the credentials through references if possible.

Experience and Fees – This is called the EF of the web design firm. Experience and fees are very interrelated. The general norm is that the more experienced you are, the more you are paid. This interesting story can tell you what experience is all about.

Once upon a time, a steam-generating plant was not producing much steam. After a frustrating search for the cause, the plant manager, in desperation, called in an expert. After only two hours on-site, the expert found the problem and placed “Xs” on two pipes, causing the pain, saying they had to be removed. When presented with the bill, the plant manager asked the consultant how to charge $5,000.00 for only two hours of work. When he asked for an itemized bill, this is what he got:

1. $400.00 – Placing “X’s” on two pipes.

2. $4,600.00 – Knowing where to place the “X’s.”

The plant manager got what he paid for and probably a lot more. He had already used up more than that amount on his staff, not to mention the revenue loss while the plant was shut down. For him, securing the advisory services of a consultant was the right thing to do.

It matters a lot if the company has good experience in diverse business domains and has professionals and specialists from variegated backgrounds. As such, they will understand different business verticals that may benefit your website. Another important factor is the budget. What you pay is what you get – WYSIWYG. Never compromise the quality of your Website to save a few quick bucks. In the long run, you will end up on the losing side. Have you ever imagined why American diamonds cost less than real diamonds when it’s sometimes difficult to differentiate between them? It’s obvious – the brilliance and hardness of diamond. This makes another interesting point: you can get cosmetic surgery done for your Website for a lesser cost, but it will lack the functionalities and effectiveness. It can draw visitors but can not turn them into business. So when you pay for something, you get a good deal in return.

Does this match your requirements? o Technology – What is their technological competence? How many projects have they worked on using it? How frequently is their technology upgraded, both in terms of software and hardware?

Deadlines – Has the company completed the projects within the stipulated time? Time is one of the most important factors, as the longer it takes, the higher the input costs. Some companies may offer you a shorter period and may be ready with the design. But after that, the long and torrid journey of finding and fixing bugs that may turn your visitors off starts.

Responsiveness – How promptly does the company respond to your queries? Does it listen to your queries? Are they responsive to my suggestions and questions? Do they explain issues in ways you can understand? Do they share your general vision for the site? Are they interested in Return on Investment for the Website? Do they possess the skills necessary to achieve your goals?

Generally, English (US/UK) is the preferred language to communicate. o Communication Process – Poor communication is one of the major bottlenecks for business processes. Ensure that the company you are working with is comfortable with your language. What are the tools and technologies they use for communicating? How will they keep you updated with the developments about your project? These are some important factors that should be considered in the communication process. When deciding on the communication preprocesses – What other services can the company offer besides designing? What kind of value-added products or services can the design firm offer?

All these points will help you narrow down the list of companies that may offer you viable solutions and support your cause. The next step involves inviting proposals from the shortlisted parties. Just check through as many cross-references that you find justifiable or will satisfy your curiosity. The more time you invest in this phase, the sweeter the returns afterward.

STEP 4- Proposals

Once you have selected your shortlist of top web development firms, request that they send you a proposal. Ask that their proposal include an overview of your requirements and their proposed solution. This will help you determine which web design firm best understands your needs. Also, ask each web design firm to include a description of their development process and a price breakdown for the various aspects of the website project.

STEP 5 – Evaluating Proposals

Evaluate each proposal individually based on merit. Take the following points into consideration:

a) Wellness of the proposal.

b) Respective strengths and weaknesses of the companies.

c) Evaluate the presentation and format style.

STEP 6 – Selecting the Company

After your organization has reviewed all proposals, compare them with each other. How do they fare in terms of presentation? How do their processes appear in terms of project management? Do they present scalability and upgrade paths for your project that go beyond the needs of the immediate goals outlined?

After going through all the above processes, you should zero in on a particular company. If the doubt persists, establish a communication process between the likely companies to understand their function and commitments.


Alcohol scholar. Bacon fan. Internetaholic. Beer geek. Thinker. Coffee advocate. Reader. Have a strong interest in consulting about teddy bears in Nigeria. Spent 2001-2004 promoting glue in Pensacola, FL. My current pet project is testing the market for salsa in Las Vegas, NV. In 2008 I was getting to know birdhouses worldwide. Spent 2002-2008 buying and selling easy-bake-ovens in Bethesda, MD. Spent 2002-2009 marketing country music in the financial sector.