It never ceases to amaze me how little information clients ask for before they put the security of their web site in my hands. Here are 10 questions everyone should be asking their web designer…
1. Will I own the rights to my business domain name?
This is very important, the domain needs to belong to YOU and not your web designer.
2. Which hosting company will you use?
You need to know who this so that you can contact them if you need to, for setting up email addresses etc.
3. How much will hosting cost me moving forwards?
You may well be getting a free period of hosting, but it’s crucial to know when that runs out what you will be paying.
4. Will I be in control of the hosting account?
You need to ensure that you have the login name and password for your hosting account.
5. What WordPress security measures will be in place on my account?
Don’t take it for granted that your Web Designer has installed the correct security software to protect your site.
6. If I need simple changes what are they going to cost me?
Wow, you got your site for £99 but the changes will cost you double, please make sure that this doesn’t happen to you!
7. Is there any backup strategy in place?
There are a couple of ways your site can be backed up and you should make sure you discuss this.
8. Can I see your previous work for this kind of site?
If you are asking for a brochure site or similar make sure you see some previous work so you know what you are getting.
9. Will you provide me with any documentation?
Make sure that your Web Designer provides you with documentation listing all your accounts and relevant usernames, passwords etc for your site.
10. Will you supply training on how to maintain the site?
Make sure that when your site is finished that you have the skills you need to maintain it.
There are so many Web Designers out there and Web Agencies, and not each one will suit you. I try to work on the 80/20 rule.
Not everyone needs an all singing and all dancing solution, you know that whenever you are shopping for services or goods there is always a more expensive model. Sometimes with web design, it’s that last 20% of functionality that is costing you all the money, and you don’t necessarily need it.
When I bought my car I could have had a whole host of extras, metallic paint, leather steering wheel, etc, but I went for rear parking sensors because my old car had a dent in the back from when I reversed into a tree! So, find the right designer for you, if you are starting out and need a scalable solution that can grow with your business, then you can’t go wrong with WordPress, and I’d love to talk to you about your project, so get in touch!