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As a web design agency, we understand that your website is your virtual shopfront, and let’s be honest – if your website looks a bit naff, customers are going to make the same assumption about your business. Most of the time, your website will be someone’s first experience of your brand. For others, they may hear about your business in other ways, then head online for more research.
Designing, building and maintaining a website isn’t easy, especially when you have a business to run, but it is important. That’s why it’s vital you work with a web design agency you can trust to take care of everything.
What questions should you ask before working with a web design agency?
Ask yourself, how does your website compare to your competition? Does your website still reflect all the products and services you offer? Maybe you’ve added new ones or developed the business in such a way that old ones have become redundant. Are people able to get the information they need? For example, can they view or download a brochure? Is there a way of capturing leads? Are your Calls to Action clear? Is your website GDPR-compliant? Does it load quickly? These are all the issues we can help with as a web design agency with experience across multiple industries.
FOUR TIPS FOR WORKING WITH A WEB DESIGN AGENCY
Create a clear project brief, and decide if you need a new website, or if you’re just looking to update your current one. It may be that a new site from scratch is the best solution for your business, but in some cases, an updated site is also possible and can save you some cash. Consider who your target audience is and whether your site needs to be split into clear sections, depending on which category they fall into. When in doubt, the best thing to do is to pop in and meet the agency you will be working with.
Consider a ballpark budget. Bear in mind that an e-commerce website will cost more than a small business website that doesn’t need to take payments. A bespoke five-page non-e-commerce website, where the web design agency designs and builds each page of the site, but doesn’t write the copy, would cost around £1,800. If you want your website to have specific data capture capabilities and enhanced functionality, these may incur an additional cost. For an example of a large e-commerce website, take a look at this one we designed and built for Cambrian Packaging.
Once you have agreed your brief you need to collate as much information as possible and source your images. If you don’t have images, find out if the web design agency can source stock images or photography for you (we can).
Consider SEO. If you are submitting your own copy (written content), then the most the website design company can do is to fill in the meta descriptions, alt tag information, heading tags etc. But without writing the content using keywords, it won’t be as effective because the copy may not be written specifically for higher rankings in Google results in the first instance. Search Engine Optimisation requires keyword research and content planning, to ensure your pages and posts are all optimised correctly. For more information click here.
CHOOSE YOUR AGENCY
Find a web design agency you can trust. From our experience speaking with clients who have switched to us from other web companies, this can be tough. We pride ourselves on being clear with clients – no one likes nasty surprises or hidden charges. We’ve even put together a guide on some questions you could ask web design agencies here, so you know what you’re getting before signing anything.