Choosing the right web design and development company to build your next website is a decision you should not take lightly. There are a number of good web design and SEO companies in Auckland that could potentially partner with you, but there are a few things you should keep in mind before you sign up with one.
You should consider your first meeting with a web design company as a type of interview where you find out more about who you will be working with and whether they understand and can accommodate your unique web design needs and wants.
A more experienced web designer will be able to explain how they approach the issue of usability, keeping the experience of the visitor in mind as opposed to building a website they or you like. Being user-centric is a crucial part of the company’s web strategy, and the agency you choose should be able to show you examples of how they have done this well for other clients.
Ask the web company to give you examples of websites they have built that are similar to yours, and then find out how they will leverage your brand to create a website that is unique to your business. If the design and/or search is very important to you, find out how many times you can revise the design before the website goes live and what search engine optimisation features will be built in.
Try and meet as many of the company’s team members as you can and find out how long they have worked together for. A cohesive in-house web team who have experience with how each member works means better synergy between you and the business in question.
Do some research on what content management system you will be using, and then find out if the web company offers training as part of the deal if you want to make changes going forward yourself. If you want the web agency to manage your website for you, then ask what their hourly rate will be.
You will want to know how well your website is doing once it goes live, make sure you find out what sort of reporting system will be used and ask for an explanation on terms you are not familiar with.
This article was written by Clickthrough, an award winning New Zealand SEO Company.