At this very moment in time, you might be busy starting up a brand-new business, alternatively your current website may no longer reflect your business, as its too old, so you’ve designed to have it redesigned.
However, regardless of if you’re an electrician or a vet, your websites often crucial to the marketing of your company.
Therefore, when a business in Cardiff is having a website built, often they plan for a very long time how they want the site to be built, yet as having a website designed is not a regular purchase a business makes, we thought we would help.
We gathered our web designers, web developers and copywriters to help write this article, so that it can provide you with some food for thought.
So, if you run a business here in Cardiff, South Wales, and your thinking of hiring web designers to help build a new CMS website for your company, well, why not grab a cup of coffee, and have a read over this article first?
Who’s going to be writing the content marketing?
So, this is something that’s often not thought about when calling web designers, that is, who’s going to be writing the text?
Sometimes what a lot of web design companies don’t make all that clear, is that sometimes, the text needs to be written by the customer. However, if your busy setting up a new company, well, you do have to ask, do you have the time?
That’s because let’s say, in Cardiff, you want to set up an e-commerce company, and you’re going to sell over 100 different items, well, writing the product descriptions alone, that’s going to take days and days’ worth of work. So, when asking web design agencies for quotes, you might want to hire also, if the agency has one a copywriter.
A good copywriter can help you to save time.
Do you know which CMS would best suit your business
There are now many different CMS options, a lot of agencies, like ours offer WordPress, yet there are many other options. It’s worth meeting with the design agency, and having a conversation about which CMS they think would best suit your company, and don’t take one agencies word for it, talk to a few, get a second opinion.
Do you know which colour scheme your going to opt for?
This is an important consideration, that is, what colours will you be using for your website?
Some businesses in Cardiff will have already had a set of brand guidelines created, this means that some companies may have already paid a design agency to design a company logo, to state which font should be used, and also arrived at a colour scheme for the business.
Then what the brand guidelines should state is which hex codes to use, that’s so when this is sent to the Cardiff web designers that you have hired, they can instantly see which hex codes should be used.
So, for example, you might be opening a brand-new restaurant, your restaurant will be opening in Cardiff Bay, you want your company to standout, so you have chosen a really bright colour.
Now once you brand guidelines written, you can send these to your Cardiff web developers, who will then use the hex codes, to know which colours to use. For example, which colour to use when designing the company’s logo.
Have you had a logo designed?
So, let’s say you know you want a WordPress website built, so you’re looking for WordPress web designers, and you’re therefore comparing the agencies on price. Which is all well and good, but you must make sure you’re not comparing on a like for like basis- now what do we mean by this.
Well, where some agencies might respond to you at the speed of light, the quotes might differ quite a bit. And with that said, some businesses are so busy, they might think, well, we will just go with the cheapest quote- a good idea?
Well it does depend, if the quote has everything you want, but sometimes, its items such as “designing the mobile version of the website” the “company logo” or the “content marketing” which might be excluded, so do make sure, that when your sending e-mails off the various web designers, that you stipulate exactly what you want, which might make comparing quotes a bit easier, as sometimes some web design companies offer a super cheap price, then start bolting on things you need later on, once they have got you hooked on their “special offer” price.
Who’s going to keep the website updated?
So, a website a bit like a car, its going to need maintenance, so its well worth asking whether this is included in the quote.
How much is domain renewal and hosting?
Okay, so you’ve got say three web design quotes, all are for a WordPress site, but here’s the question you should also ask, how much is website hosting, and how much is the domain renewal fee be?
Its all well and good, having a WordPress site built, or any website, thinking well, that’s a good price, but then being rather surprised how high the hosting and the domain name renewal is, for example, some website designer might insist you use their hosting.
Yet, if the hosting is per month, and its costly, well, you might have wished you hired another company.
How our Cardiff web designers can help:
If your about to start a new business here in Wales, and your looking for “local web designers” then why not call us? We can build websites, yet we also offer additional services, such as seo as well. For a no obligation quote, why not ring Walsh Digital Marketing?