” Man’s mistakes are his portals to discovery.”
What does the above quote mean? You must make mistakes in order to have a portal. Isn’t it funny? It’s not funny. Although it may seem like a motivating sentence in the beginning, small start-ups can find themselves in serious trouble if they have little investment. This article is for small start-ups that want to succeed in their fields.
How to Choose a Web Design Company
There are many website design company in egypt and developers available, from agencies to freelancers to online templates. How do you choose the right one for your company and your goals? It is not difficult to choose a web design firm. But finding a web design company that is good is a serious task. While many people believe that the internet has simplified business processes and made them more global, what about the unique complexities of the Internet? Google will return millions of results if you search for “Good Web Design Firm”. It’s difficult for a normal person to go through all the results. We’ll guide you through the selection process for a Web Design and Development firm in a structured manner.
STEP 1. – Planning
Your needs must be defined first. It is crucial to know what role your new or redesigned website will play in order to find the right web designer. Is it going to provide useful information for your customers? It will it meet the needs of your employees? Will it have an online shopping section that allows you to sell your products? The following information is essential for web designers:
o What is the role of your new website?
o Your intended audience or market for your website.
o Your budget.
Before you contact a designer, take the time to think about what you need from your website and the information that you would like to convey to your clients. This will save both you and your designer time and effort.
STEP2 – Searching for and creating a Primary list
It is not difficult to search for the right keywords. You can scan directories and check Google listings for specific key words searches. Then ask your friends or business associates for referrals. This does not require extensive research.
Referral Ask your business friends, family, and colleagues which web design company designed the website for your organization. Or, if you have any other recommendations, please let us know.
Websites:Find the web design company responsible for websites of the organizations you admire. These companies may be competitors or from related or unrelated industries. Sometimes, the web design company is listed in the credits or elsewhere on the website. You can contact the organization to find out which web design company is responsible for the site’s credits if you are unable to locate them on the site. These can be great sources of references for web design firms.
STEP3 – Evaluation and Short Listing
Once you have compiled a list potential web design companies, you can begin to narrow them down to a small number. This takes some research.
Portfolio It’s all about the three C’s: Credibility, Consistency, and Capability. What are their consistency levels? How consistent are they? Do they have testimonials about their credibility? Are the projects in your portfolio consistent in quality? Are they able to deliver consistent results within the timeframes given? Have they provided solutions for other companies in the industry? Are they able to solve similar problems as your company? These are important considerations. Once you have narrowed down your search to a few design options (through referrals, web directories or sites of your competitors), it is time to evaluate their online portfolios as well as their rates structure. Websites don’t need to be fancy or animated in order to accomplish their job. Browse sites they have built, check ease of navigation, organization of information, overall cleanliness and visitor-friendliness. Consider hiring a company that is familiar with your business. Look through their case studies and success stories, and if possible, get references to back up the credentials.
Experience and fees – This is the EF of a web design company. Fees and experience are closely linked. It is a common rule that the more experience you have, the higher your fees will be. This story will show you the value of experience.
There was once a steam-generating plant that didn’t produce enough steam. The plant manager was frustrated by the inability to find the root cause and called an expert. The expert arrived on the scene in two hours and found the problem. He placed “X” marks on the pipes that were causing it, and said that they needed to be replaced. The plant manager was presented with the bill and asked how the consultant could charge $5,000.00 for just two hours of work. This is the itemized bill he received when he requested one.
1. $400.00 – Placing “X” on 2 pipes
2. $4,600.00 – Knowing where to put the “X”s
The plant manager received what he paid and possibly more. He had already spent more on his staff than that, not to mention the revenue loss while the plant was closed. He felt that securing the advice services of a consultant was the best thing for him.
It is important that the company has extensive experience in different business areas and has specialists and professionals from diverse backgrounds. They will be able to offer valuable insight into different business verticals, which could make them a good fit for your website. Budget is another important aspect. You get what you pay – WYPIWYG. Do not compromise the quality of your website to save a few bucks. You will ultimately lose the end result. Ever wonder why American diamonds are cheaper than real diamonds, even though it can be difficult to tell the difference? The brilliance and hardness that diamonds possess is obvious. Another interesting point is that you can have cosmetic surgery performed on your website for less, but it will not be as effective or functional. Although it can attract visitors, it cannot convert them into customers. You will get a great deal if you pay for something.
Technology What is their technological competency? Do they match your requirements? How many projects have they worked on with the same technology? How often their technology is updated, both in terms software and hardware?
Deadlines– Has the company completed the projects within the stipulated time? The most important factor is time. The longer the project takes, the more expensive it will be. While some companies will offer a shorter turnaround time, others may be more flexible and ready to design the project. Then comes the tedious and frustrating task of fixing bugs that could turn off your visitors.
Response – How quickly the company responds? Is it responsive to your questions? Are they open to answering my questions and submitting suggestions? Are they able to explain complex issues clearly? Are they able to see the same vision as you for the site? Is their interest in the Return on Investment of the website? Are they able to help you achieve your goals?
Communication Process Poor communication is a major problem for business processes. Make sure that your company is comfortable speaking your language. English (US/UK), is the preferred language for communicating with one another. What tools and technologies do they use to communicate? What tools and technologies do they use to communicate with you? These are the key factors to consider when choosing a partner for Web Design.
Services What other services can a company offer besides designing? What type of services or products can a design company offer that add value?
These points will allow you to narrow down the list of potential companies that could offer viable solutions to your case. Next, you will need to invite proposals from those who have been shortlisted. You can check as many cross references as you feel is necessary or interesting. This phase will yield better returns if you spend more time.
STEP 4 Proposals
After you have narrowed down your list of web developers, ask them to send you a proposal. Request that they send you a proposal. This will include a description of your requirements and the solution they propose. This will allow you to choose the web design company that best suits your needs. Ask each web design company to provide a description of its development process and a breakdown of costs for various aspects of the project.
STEP5 – Evaluating Proposals
Each proposal should be evaluated on its merit. These points should be taken into account:
a) Wellness of your proposal.
b) The companies’ relative strengths and weaknesses.
c) Assess the presentation and format style.
STEP 6: Selecting the Company
Once you have reviewed all the proposals from your organization, you can compare them. What is their presentation style? What are their project management processes? Are they able to offer scalability or upgrade paths for your project that go beyond the goals you have outlined?
You should now be able pinpoint a company after going through the above steps. To clarify any doubts, you can establish a communication channel between the potential companies in order to get to know their processes and commitments.