Need a website but don't know what you want or whom to trust?
Put your trust in a full-time web development firm, whether it's us or someone else. We've been in this business a long time and we've heard the horror stories of using someone "part-time" or a friend who'll build your site "on-the-side" for less. Let us save you a lost of wasted time and a ton of grief - that NEVER works out. Neither does trying to build your site yourself through a number of "DIY" companies, as a dozen or so of our current clients will attest. There's more to being successful online than just having a website.
Do you know what layout and colors attract certain sexes and people?
Do you know what colors are a "turnoff" and are to be avoided at all costs?
Do you understand how search engines work and how they "see" and index your site?
Do you understand that text and graphic elements should be placed on the web page in a certain order to lead the site visitor to the desired result - an online purchase, a phone call or a contact form submission?
Will your "friend" be there when a hacker breaks in and wreaks havoc on your site? How fast will they respond?
Make sure the web development firm actually listens to YOU, and not what they want to sell you. We often ask what "budget" do you have in mind, because we want to offer you the very best solution for the money and not what "we" can get out it. The cost of development is based on time. That's our product, our commodity - our time, our knowledge and our expertise in web design, development and search engine optimization. If you have less than $1000 to spend, I have a solution for that. If you're more concerned about results, then there are more options available. It's all about what YOU want to accomplish for your business. We don't oversell and under deliver. We'd rather undersell and overdeliver to keep you as a client for life than make a one-time score.
Look over their portfolio to see if their "style" of design matches yours. Everyone has different tastes so one size does not fit all. Look over the volume of their work and see if it appeals to you. If not, move on.
Don't ask for references. Pick a client at random and call them - just out of the blue, with no warning. Just pick a website out of their portfolio and call a few and see what they've got to say. This will let you know what kind of firm you are dealing with.
Don't immediately judge a company by their completed sites without gathering some intel first. Many firms, once the development of the site is complete, will "turn the keys" over to the client if the client wants to maintain the site themselves. Some of them do a good job. Others? Not so good. Find out who is maintaining the site and doing the updates. If the web firm is doing it, and you see broken links or pages that are "off kilter", then stay away.