Published On :06 July,2012
'Internet' over the years has evolved into one of the most powerful sources of media, which enabled commercial sector to go global, especially the web development business. With time web designing business flourished at a tremendous rate, which indeed jeopardized the situation for clients who are in search for the best web design firm for their businesses. Designing the website itself might prove to be much easier than selecting the right service provider! A professional web designing advice is what sets your web presence apart from others and offers an edge over your competitors. In this post I have made a sincere effort to cover all the basal parameters that one should look forward for in a web designing firm and these include:
Exalting Port Folio
Browsing through the website of a firm can assist you in judging technical expertise and also the work portfolio. An experienced web design firm will have an exuberant portfolio, which is worth showcasing to a prospective client. A firm with experience in managing different types of project successfully can be the perfect route to your final destination. However, I do have a feeling that even young lads with their fresh minds can offer you something worth a try but the choice is entirely yours :)
Strong Sense of Business Understanding
Technical expertise is not the only thing you should be looking for in a web design firm but a good sense of business understanding proves to be a very vital factor. A web developer needs to understand your business in order to suggest a suitable website design & User Interface. A good website design appeals directly to your prospective clients and establishes a mental bond. For instance if you are dealing with automotive industry and the website design is a flowery one, would that be fine with your visitors? I guess not! Understanding the client business also assists in analyzing the target market of a client.
Also, I would like to point some major look overs that we all end up making and that is confusing a Graphic Designer with a Website designer. Graphic designers claiming to be website designer, end-up designing a very visually appealing website with high definition imagery, but they lag behind big time on the functionality aspect. From visual point of view, consider such websites as masterpieces but from a business point of view, these can investments which affect the results that could be generated from the website!
Technical knowledge & Expertise
A professional web developer should not only act as a service provider, but also an adviser who can guide you through some of the most stringent decision making process. He should posses expert knowledge about the latest design tools and suggest the same with respect to your business. Cyber laws are an upcoming concept that is gaining prominence lately, which is why as your technical expert, a web developer should be aware of common internet laws. Always keep in mind that a web development company is not a Law Firm but common know-how about cyber laws can be a real help for you as a website owner.
Going through sample designs for your website offered by a web development firm can assist you in developing an opinion, an outlook and to some extent also an impression about the service quality offered. Therefore, asking the service provider about the sample designs or a link of any website that they have designed recently can be of great help for you.
Business needs vary from entity to entity but talking to previous clients will give you fair amount of idea about work quality of the firm. Asking relevant questions to previous clients of the web design company will assist you in analyzing the kind of experience they had while working with them. Here are some relevant questions that you should ask:
The process of web development can never be accomplished with a short term approach, which is why your prospective web design firm should focus on establishing long term relationships with its clients. After designing a website, regular update & changes are required to be done as well major enhancements might also be required to keep the website updated & in-lines with the expansions happening on the business end. These additions may prove to be a costly affair if not performed by the original web design firm, therefore you should make sure in the beginning whether the firm you are trusting on can work with you for a long term. Besides that, even if you go with a new designer, he would have to start the work all over again from point 'zero' not on the scripts front but in understanding your business model and identifying how the technology is implemented for your website.
A professional web designer will never consider his or her work done until the client is sporting a well-satisfied smile on his face. You should opt for a web designing firm that offers excellent after sales support and to make sure that they really do, you can contact their previous clients for feedback.
As I mentioned earlier a professional web design firm will advise you at every stage of the designing process. A quality design is like a long term investment, which may cost you some extra bucks in the initial stages compared to an average design but on a long term, the same design will prove to be the most cost effective approach. A professional firm will always advise you for a dynamic design, keeping in mind the future aspect of your business.
These above parameters can assist you in finalizing a web design firm that suites best for your business needs!
Maneet Puri at present is heading Lexolution IT Services a premier web design firm in New Delhi, India. As an accomplished IT leader, he has been sharing his decade long technical experience in the field of web development and designing, with his clients located in different corners of the globe. Apart from offering his services as a 'Web Consultant', he also possesses a strong zeal for writing articles and blogs, most of which have been recognized and published on renowned websites.