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24 Questions To Ask A Web Designer Before Hiring

Are you looking to hire a web designer or developer? Here are 21 questions you should ask before hiring them!

  1. Do you review the current website and analyze its performance before making your design decisions?
  2. How much time is devoted to analyzing the business, market and competitors?
  3. Do you custom design websites or use pre-made templates?
  4. Can you build the site responsive (so it will work on mobile devices and tablets)?
  5. Will you integrate social media into my web design?
  6. How much input do I have with their website design?
  7. What happens if I don’t like the initial design?
  8. Will I be able to see the website as you’re creating it?
  9. Will my current site experience downtime as you update it?
  10. What is your estimated timeline to build a site?
  11. Can you talk me through your design process?
  12. Will I have access to all my design source files for internal use?
  13. How often will you send updates and what is the communication process?
  14. Do you do A/B testing?
  15. Do you offer e-commerce services?
  16. What type of IP address will my website have?
    • If the web design company is handling this for you, ask if you will receive a unique IP address rather than a static IP address. A unique IP address ranks higher on search engines and is not considered spam by most e-mail providers.
  17. Will the functionality of my website be tested before it goes live?
  18. Will I own my website once it’s completed?
  19. It’s important to find out whether you will own the domain name (registered in your name, not the web design company’s), website design and hosting account (registered in your name, not the design firms), or if the website design company requires your site to be hosted on their servers.
  20. Also find out if you will receive all source files for your site and access to your hosting account, back-end administration platform and server.
  21. Be sure to ask if you will be required to lock into an ongoing contract to keep your site live and functioning, or if the completed site will be delivered to you upon completion.
  22. Do you offer web hosting services?
  23. Do you offer on-going maintenance after my site goes live?
  24. Will I be able to access my website statistics without contacting you?

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