What to expect when you work with a website designer

If you aren’t yet sure if you want to work with a website design company or not, it may help to better understand what that process would look like. Every website design project is unique, but the general process stays the same.

Whether you want your first website, or to upgrade or rebuild your existing website, you’ve made the important decision to move your business forward. Now, what are the next steps?

  1. Write down your business goals

How do you want to grow as a business? What are your short and long-term goals? How can your new or improved website help you accomplish those goals? What important information do you need to communicate to your customers?

You don’t have to have all the answers, just a few general ideas written down that you can bring to your website designer.

  1. Write down your website goals

What do you need the website to accomplish? How will your business goals be accomplished with the help of this website? How many pages will you need for your website?

You also need to discuss how this information will be organized. Website designers call this a “sitemap”. If it helps, you can think of it as the framework of your site.

This is also the time for you to discuss if you need one of these website pages to have a special function, like submitting customer order forms, processing payments, booking appointments, displaying items for sale, or collecting customer information, like emails for a newsletter, for example.

You can always talk this over with your website designer, and work on these questions together to determine your goals and decide how many pages you will need for your website design.

  1. Determine your website size

Are you a large company with many locations? Are you selling multiple different products online? Do you already have a ton of available content for your website design? Then you might be looking for the Advanced/E-commerce package at 6ixDevelopers, which would get you 13+ web pages.

The Starter package (1-5 pages) is perfect for new companies starting to establish an online presence, or an independent business with a small range of products and/or services.

If you find yourself needing something bigger than the Starter, but smaller than the Advanced, then a Standard package with 6-12 pages is the best website design package for you.

There is no wrong choice because all websites can be upgraded, and pages can be added as your business grows over the years.

  1. Determine your content

Once you and your website designer have decided how many webpages you need for your business, and how they will be organized, you need to work together to fill those pages with content.

If you already have content, like copywriting, logos and photos, then you should hand that over to your website designer. If you don’t, speak to your website designer about hiring a graphic designer to build a logo, or a copywriter to write content for your webpage.

Good quality photos are great for website design aesthetic. If you have your own photos, then you should speak with your website designer about the best quality and format for online photos. If you don’t have any available photos of your own then discuss your options of hiring a photographer, or using stock photography.

Hiring a website designer may seem intimidating, or daunting, until you realize that a website design company like 6ixDevelopers will make the whole process easier for you.

Still have questions? Contact us today!