9 Tips for Working With Your Web Designer
So, you’ve been sitting on the same website since 2000s and wondering what’s wrong? Then all you need to do is ask yourself these 3 questions-
Does your website attract the right kinds of visitors?
Is your website able to smoothly guide your visitors to the main services and products you offer?
And finally is it able to create enough impact and connection for future ongoing relation?
If your answer to the above question is a big fat NO, then you should start looking for a web designer for hire that could not just build websites but build websites that sell. You won’t have a problem in finding a web designer as there are many companies providing the web designer for hire.
But even after hiring a web designer if you are facing problems and it is taking longer than expected. Then the only possible reason could be because of your communication problem with your web designer. Maybe they kept asking questions and recommend styles that weren’t what you had in mind.
Maybe several other reasons.
This can go on for forever. It is important that you build a strong relationship, connection with your web designer or else both of your task might a thousand times harder. So for the people who are facing difficulties with their web designer, here are the 9 Tips for Working With Your Web Designer.
Do your homework before you start looking for your web designer. Do not take it lightly and go for the first company that pop-up on the search engine. Just because a company is at the top of Google, Yahoo, etc, does not mean that is best suited for you. Most of the companies spend a lot on advertisement just be at the top. Some of them don’t even speak English as their first or second language, this could create a communication problem.
Well, you can go to a large firm or a company, but often these firms are highly expensive and can leave you with a big hole in your pocket. You can easily find a small scale developer and web design firm offering web designer for hire, with probably half the rate of these prestigious companies. So before going for final selection make sure that the web designer you are choosing is compatible with your needs.
Recognize Their Expertise
Since you have chosen to work with a professional, it means you want everything to go right and smoothly. You have chosen your web designer yourself based on their experience, portfolio, and expertise. So when they make a suggestion for a change in design, template, content line-up, etc then that means there must be a valid and good reason behind it. It is important that you believe in your web designer and considers their corrections and opinions, instead of just forcing, what you like on them. This works requires trust is your web designer’s skills and patience as quality work takes time.
A web designer is your problem solver not some kind of a magician, who would just come and make all your problems go away. For that, you will have to cooperate with your web designer. If you don’t provide them with enough details of your project and product and what you are expecting from them as an end result. Then your project might get delayed or even get wreck, due to lack of information to the web developer. To avoid any delays to your project’s completion date, it would be best not to skimp the questioning part and supply everything your designer up front. This would include text, images, co tact information, and design options, etc.
Collaborate and Communicate Till The End
Well, we don’t say that you stay by the designer’s side to help him create the website. Although it is important that you communicate with your web designer on a regular basis that is reply text, emails and provides comments. Also when your designer provides you with the first draft and they are eager to hear what you think. Make sure you carefully review their work and provide them with helpful and timely feedback.
Never go silent, while your website is still under construction. It is important that you pay full attention to the entire process, or else you’re just wasting time and money. If too much time goes by, the goals may change and the project gets blurred. A collaborative, full-focus approach ensures the best possible outcome at such time.
Don’t Make Things Complicated
Your designer wants you to be involved, but not so involved you start to take over their role and try to manage every tiny detail. Remember you have hired a designer because you lack the skills and expertise to carry out the project yourself. Though your suggestions are crucial in the final project, make sure they are only suggestions.
Your designer knows what he is doing, so let him decide if these suggestion are going to work or not. Keep this in mind that the project might not exactly be what you had in mind initially. Some components might not work due to unknown contributing factors, or there will be a better idea that your designer will know.
Avoid Unnecessary Opinions
You might feel confident in your product until some say something negative about it like “I don’t like the way it looks “, etc. Asking too many opinions could end up doing more harm than good. This can put you and your designer under stress and will likely result in unproductive rounds. So it is advised that you consider only your opinion until the project is finished.
Be Patient And Polite
Well everyone wants respect, not insult. So, if in any case your designer is getting delayed in finishing the work on the given deadline, then it’s not necessary to handle it with aggression. There are other ways, which might not just strengthen your relationship as a client, but could lead to a long term friendship.
When you are provided with a variety of design and templates to choose from, do it smartly and carefully. Your designer might have to work for days in case you change your mind about the design. This simple change could even prove to be fatal in the near future. So have a clear image in mind, about what you want and what you don’t.
Fulfill Your Part
While the way your website is going to look and function depend on your web designer. The content and what your website has to offer, the product, services, and your message, all this depends on you. Without these crucial components, it does not matter, how good your web designer works, it all comes down to one thing that is “what you have to offer”.
Alex Jone Works in a HR and Recruitment at Alliance Recruitment Agency- an IT Recruitment Agency. He specializes in helping with international recruiting, staffing, HR services and Careers advice service for overseas and international businesses.