We eat and breathe web design, hearing all kinds of horror stories.
Most of these terrible experiences were avoidable. If you follow this advice, you are much less likely to get burned by your website developer. There are a number of good web design companies in NJ, but there are also a lot of hacks and flakes. Here’s how to spot them…
Visit Their Most Recent Web Builds.
Check if everything seems to work, if there are any obvious problems. Also, check the same websites on a mobile phone; this will give you a good idea of the company or web developer’s ability to develop a mobile as well as a desktop site.
How Fast Are The Sites?
Go to Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool and plug in some of the urls. The resulting numbers should be above 55; anything lower and it’s a sign that the web designer did not really do his or her due diligence in optimizing the performance of the website. If they cut corners on the optimization of the site speed, what other corners may they have cut?
Check Their Online Reviews
Google the business and see its Google reviews as well as any other Yelp or BBB reviews. Any reputable company will have at least 5 reviews on the internet from former clients.
Do Not Pay Over 50% of the Website Cost Up Front.
This goes especially for one-man operations. We regularly get calls from clients after they have been burned by local web designers that disappeared halfway through the job. You don’t want to be out a large amount of money if the same happens to you.
What Are the Hourly Rates For Any Future Work?
There is a good chance that you will need them to make some adjustments to the website as time passes and you don’t want to get any unpleasant surprises. Typical hourly rates range from $50/hr-$150/hr depending on the market where you are located.
Ask About Instructional Materials
Ask whether the company or individual will provide you videos or instruction on how to make minimal adjustments to the site. Does your site have a news, blog, or announcements section? You should be able to handle this yourself and the web developer should be willing to provide you some sort of instruction on how to take care of it.
Ask Past Clients About Their Experiences
If you really want to vet the web design agency, send a message to the website that they built. Ask about the experience that the client had, how quick the agency was to respond, how happy they were with the final outcome.