Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Be very clear about what you need the site to do and how you see it growing over time. Search the web for other sites you like and make a list of the reasons you like them.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. One of the biggest confusion areas for clients is hosting. So many providers and so many "good deals" but how to choose? The reality is that some of the biggest companies are the worst to deal with. I always recommend having your domain registered with a company unrelated to your hosting to make it easy to change if needed.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. First and foremost, examples of previous work are essential. These should show the capability to achieve what is needed for the site. You don't want to pay somebody to learn on your site!
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. The client needs to have a clear idea of what they need from the site. Is it just for info or will they sell products? Will they want to manage their own content? What functionality is essential for phase one and which ones can be designed later?
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. While the work is subjective the biggest difference I have from many web designers is that I wasn't a "geek" by trade. I was in several other businesses prior to web design and understand that side of the equation well. Both as a small business owner and a consumer using the computer. Accordingly I focus on making sites easy to navigate for the end user.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I enjoy the variety of businesses with whom I work. In one week I worked with a cruise planner, lawyer, rock band, plumber and a vineyard. I also like the fact that web design is creative AND functional. It's not just pretty pictures on the computer; it can actually become the base from which a business operates and the single biggest piece of their overall marketing puzzle.