Finding someone who does website design in Oakville who can perform it properly is very difficult. Realistically, any municipalities in the surrounding areas of Burlington, Mississauga, Port Credit, Milton, etc. can be a problem. Larger the municipalities the more so called designers are available to design your website. Almost, every one of our clients has had a “nightmare” story about a web designer gone rogue. The industry just like any other is unfortunately filled with sub par designers. You would think that the tenure/experience is a factor, however that is not the case. We have had to fix websites that have been constructed together by companies that have have been in business for well over 10 years. The purpose of this article is to try and help you choose a web designer for your business. If you follow the process below, you will hopefully find a person with proper skill to fit the bill.
Step 1. The Search:
First step is finding someone to do a website for you. Yellowpages (hardcover), Newspaper ads, are all tradition ways of how someone might seek out a web designer. Google Search has now become the easiest way in locating a business to do the work for you. Problem with Google Search is that you will receive both “good” and “bad” designers listed on there. How do you sift through them? One suggested method is Google Reviews. But those can be faked as well. Most effective due diligence that you can do on your part is to call a designer that you found on Google Search and tell them to provide you with the references (names and phone numbers) from the Google Reviews that they have received. This will effectively eliminate two issues: 1) They will have names/phone numbers of people who can vouch for them 2) They will prove that Google Reviews listed are not faked and that they are an ethical designing company. Your background research on the individual that you want to hire can be finalized via few telephone calls.
Step 2. Retainer/Deposit:
You have found a designer that you want to build/create your website. Send all the requirements via email for your project for a detailed quote. Avoid any quotes you receive that only have one item on the quote such as “Website” and “Grand total”. Treat a quote almost as a contract of what you will be receiving once completed. All the requirements that you have requested via email should be located somewhere on the quote. Also, make sure that there is a date of completion.
Realistically, you should receive a detailed quote within 2-3 business days. If it’s a price that you can work with, I suggest meeting up with the designer to put a retainer/deposit down. Deposits can vary anywhere between 10% to 60% of the entire cost. Avoid anything above 60%.
If it’s a large project, make sure to get a contract in place. The purpose of this article is to provide guidance for projects that are $10,000.00 and less. Anything higher, you should get a contract put together. For second step, I would suggest to physically meet with the designer. Those designers that have a hard time meeting up with you, I would completely avoid. Once you meet up with the designer, go over the quote and provide them with a source of payment. I would avoid cash, get a paper trail especially if it’s not a “word-of-mouth” designer referral.
Step 3. Completion:
After deposit has been put in place, next is the patience. The hope is that the designer will complete the project in time. When the project has been completed, do not pay rest of the invoice until you are happy with the outcome. If you are truly happy with the way it looks/functions, than feel free to pay the remaining amount owing.
The steps above are usually how the entire transaction should proceed. We can assure you, that we will provide you with the process above. Have a look at our Website Design section or simply Contact Us if you are interested in our services.