Before you commission a Web site design, it is important to make sure you that you will be happy with your Web site design company, the Web site you are getting and the process it will involve. Below you’ll find a list of Web site design FAQs with answers:
Q1: What should I look for when choosing a Web design company?
There are a number of things you should be looking for when choosing your Web design company. Check to see if they can offer or present you with:
Q2: What will my Web site end up costing me?
Before you commission a Web site project from any company, be sure you know what the costs involved are. Ask for a written quote or proposal and be aware of any attached terms and conditions. If your budget is getting blown out of the water, see if your preferred Web design company can suggest ways for minimising your costs.
Q3: How long does it take to get a Web site up and running?
Again, check out the proposal from the Web design company you choose. It should outline the time frame involved in putting your Web site live – if you need to gather material for your Web site (domain name, images, text, logos etc.), do so in good time and have things ready to go from your end, wherever possible.
Q4: What do I need to supply for my Web site design?
Every Web design company works differently. Some companies may ask you to supply every element of your Web site before they begin work, others may have additional services to help you put all the pieces together. If you need help, ask them – if they do not offer the service you need, they may know someone who does.
At Avatar for example, we ask clients to supply any brand collateral, fill out a design questionnaire and offer a design call with one of our Web designers to make sure we fully understand a particular company brand. We ask clients to supply logos, publication ready text and images, but we also offer optional services to assist with Web writing and image finding.
Q5: What ongoing costs are typically involved with having a Web site?
You will need to pay for your domain name (for example, www.domainname.co.nz ), which costs approximately NZ$35 per year. You will also need to pay for hosting costs, which start from approximately NZ$35 per month, depending on the service you want. Shop around and make sure you are happy with the quality of the hosting, back up, security, statistics and the level of support service you’ll receive before you sign up.
If you can update your Web site yourself using Web editing software, your costs in keeping the site updated will be minimal. If not, check with your Web design company as to what they charge for updates or which software they recommend you have.