So your about to start a new business, and therefore you need a new website. So you may look around for website design companies that are based locally.
However, selecting a website design business that you want to work with, well that’s often fairly easy.
There’s however loads of other things to think about, so why not grab a coffee and have a read about what we think customers should think about when having a website designed.
Okay, so this is a really straightforward one, and it may seem pretty obvious, but here’s the thing often the business name and domain name is taken.
So often our customers have to rethink the name that they want to use, and domain name, so we would recommend having a few ideas in terms of what you would like to call your business, just in case the name is taken.
WordPress or another CMS?
So many companies hire a website designer, yet the website design company may have their own CMS.
And the CMS, which stands for content management system may well be designed by that company and only offer very limited functions.
So for example, sure you might be able to add a blog post yourself, but editing the wording of a main page, well the CMS may not offer that function..
So what happens then? Well, sometimes the business is forced to ask the website design company to make the changes, or for another website design business to do this, and this means that the costs for improving your website, well might be a bit expensive, as sometimes you could do this work yourself sometimes.
So often our customers want a website designed in WordPress, and that’s a very good option to go for we think for many businesses. As with WordPress its often a piece of cake to edit the wording of each page for example.
Where as with some companies CMS you cannot do this.
Who’s writing the content?
So more often than not the website designer will insist that the client writes the content, but what if your busy setting up your new business?
Well, the solution is to therefore use a website design company, like CF24 that has skilled writers who can write the content for you.
So whether you’re an estate agency, an accountant or you run a manufacturing business, often with some basic pointers we can build and write the content for you.
Are you hiring the website design agency to do your SEO as well?
So here’s the thing, sometimes a business will hire a website design company to build the website, but then the website designers don’t offer SEO as well.
It’s therefore worth thinking about hiring a company that can offer SEO and website design.
For example, let’s say for example your about to launch a new coffee shop here in Cardiff, and you want to sell organic coffee and organic cakes.
And you want your business to rank on the first page of Google for “organic coffee shops Cardiff” as soon as possible, well its therefore better to find a company that can offer you a quality website, and quality SEO.
And the reason for this is once the websites built for your new coffee shop, well then the marketing company could be instructed by your business to start working on improving your businesses SEO straightaway.
How long it will take to build the website?
This all depends on what the business wants, so for example a 5-page WordPress website we could often build in less than 3 weeks. And that’s from the client approving the design, and us writing the content marketing.
But then, if the business is selling many different products, and the website has over 1000 pages, well often it would take us many months to build that website.
Have the website design company built any websites within your business sector?
Sometimes the digital marketing agency may have built a website for another business that offers the same products or services as your company.
So let’s say for example you sell wedding dresses, and they have designed a website for another wedding dress maker, well its always worth asking to see that website.
You may well be able to gather ideas on how your website could be built, so for example the website may allow for the person to select a wedding dress, then to load a video that shows the wedding dress in greater detail.
You may gain ideas therefore from another business.
Will the website designers connect your social media accounts?
There’s no point in having a lot of people land on your companies website, without also allowing them to easily find your social media accounts like Twitter.
As even if the person doesn’t purchase from you that day, they may add you on say Twitter, and then you can market to them other deals and promotions that you have on offer.
How many e-mail addresses do you need?
It’s worth thinking about how many e-mail address you need, and then finding out how much each website designer charges for setting up new e-mail accounts.
How much does domain renewal cost?
Domain renewal costs can sometimes vary, some companies charge a low fee, however some other may charge a lot, so do ask your website designer how much this will cost.
How much does hosting cost?
Again find out how much website hosting costs, as if its a lot, and the cost per year or each month is high then this may put you off choosing that website design company.
Are your website designers based in Cardiff?
So let’s say you’re a Cardiff based business, and let’s say you look for “website design companies in Cardiff”, well you would presume all the businesses are based in Cardiff, right?
Well, some may well be paying for ads, or just got there website ranked in the organic business results and they may well be based in another part of the U.K or abroad, so do check where your website design business is based.
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