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Why should you hire a web designer?

Your website is often the first thing your customers see when they’re searching for a business or service on the web. As the face of your organization, your website needs to be attractive and functional, offering the latest features that users now expect. To plan and design a site that both reflects your company’s mission and values and appeals to customers takes a professional web designer. While free online services can help people set up websites, web designers can provide a unique solution made specifically to meet customers’ personal or business needs.

Most web designers offer a wide variety of services to make your website aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. Modern web design must be mobile-friendly and scalable, capable of expanding to include a blog, social media sites, and even video streaming; web designers are experts at integrating various web technologies. They can build the site, add functionality, test it, launch it on a live server, and track and maintain its performance.

In addition to web design and graphic design, some web design providers also offer development and security services, including search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing and management, logo design, site maintenance, domain registration and hosting, protection against malware, and digital marketing and content services.

What do you look for in a web design company?

The web design company you choose must be able to interpret your company’s mission and identity and turn it into an appealing website that connects with potential customers. They must help you reach your target audience and meet your business goals. A web design agency should have on staff both talented web designers, with fresh ideas and extensive technical and creative skills, and a marketing team that knows how to drive traffic to your site, encourage visitor engagement, and convert visitors into customers. Web designers should be able to build in search optimization and integrate your site with a content management system and e-commerce tools. Look, too, for a website design company that understands responsive design and can optimize your website for mobile devices and desktop browsers. The right web design company understand current design and website trends, has experience building sites in a variety of industries (not just yours), and has an expansive portfolio of live websites. Finally, don’t simply hire the cheapest bidder — in web design, as in all things, you get what you pay for.

How much do web designers charge?

The average cost for hiring a web designer varies greatly depending on the scope of the work, which may range from building a site from scratch to rebranding an existing one, as well as the amount of content and graphics the designer will create. In general, the more complex the project, the more time the design agency will have to spend. Because web designers often work on an hourly basis, the longer the project, the higher the costs; you can count on the web designer spending at minimum 10 hours to create a very basic website with just a handful of pages with few elements. Prices also depend on the designer’s skill set, the process, and the company’s rates. In general, the national average cost for a basic website package starts at $500, but a customized website can cost as much as $2,000 or more. Here are typical average hourly rates, broken out by the complexity of the work:

  • Basic layout and user interface: $15-$40 per hour
  • Content management system design: $20-$50 per hour
  • Custom website design with custom code: $45-$75 per hour

What should you look for in a website designer?

A professional web designer creates the look and feel of your website, collaborating with you to choose colors, creating logos and other branding materials, establishing page layouts, and creating sample pages. An important part of web design is making sure the site is functional, meets your goals, and is easy for users to navigate. When you’re looking to hire a web designer, start by reviewing the person’s portfolio. Look for samples of work that match what you envision for your website, including experience building the types of pages or features you want. Make sure the web designer is familiar with your industry and understands both industry trends and web design trends — an old-fashioned or out-of-touch site will turn customers away rather than intrigue them.

Because web designers tend to work as freelancers on a project basis, they must be excellent communicators, willing to manage their own work, and available on your schedule. Some critical skills, such as working collaboratively and responding enthusiastically to feedback, aren’t core to good web design, but make working with a web designer much easier. Finally, look for a web designer who has cross-functional knowledge, such as understanding marketing and conversion rate optimization in addition to web design.

How do you hire a web designer?

You’ve determined that the best way to create a professional, modern, mobile-friendly new website is to hire a professional web designer to build it. To hire the best person for the job — and to get the web design that best fits your company’s identity — it’s important to ask a few key questions:

  • What’s the scope of the work? Will the website be basic with just a few pages about your company, its services, and contact information? Or will it also have an e-commerce section for online shopping, a blog, or content for visitors to download? Before you hire a web designer, make sure you have a thorough, specific list of the components you must have the designer include in the web design.
  • What do you want your website to look like? Consider websites that are similar to the one you’d like to build, ideally in the same industry or serving similar types of customers. Build a set of examples of types of pages, design aspects, and website features that you can hand off to the web designer — the person you hire should have experience creating websites with the features you want. If they don’t have the right skill set, they’re not the right pro for you.
  • What’s the web designer’s start-to-finish process? What will the final deliverable be? Before you hire someone, make sure their availability works with your timeline and that their process meets your expectations. Most important is finding a web designer who will work collaboratively with you to create a successful online presence.
Reviews for Houston web designers
Bill N.
Outstanding service and web design!
The Social Robin | Marketing & Design AgencyThe Social Robin | Marketing & Design Agency
Thumbtack Customer
Lee is professional, friendly, he listens to me and understands what I want, he creates web designs that exceed my expectations, and his pricing is very reasonable. I highly recommend him.
Beckmann MediaBeckmann Media
Mathilda Z.
I recently joined a company as a marketing manager and revamping the company’s website is my first project. I can’t say it enough how fortunate I am to find ShadowComm on Thumbtack. I’ve worked with numbers of designing companies/designers previously and Ben and his team @ShadowComm are the best! Ben and his team is fun, exciting and easy to work with. I’m very impressed with their dedication, professionalism, efficiency, and patience throughout the whole process. Our communication is extremely smooth, problem solving is prompt, attention is fabulous and results are superb. Whenever I have questions, they answer them immediately. Whenever we encounter problems, they solve it within a day. Our website is above and beyond our expectations. Not only did Ben and his team fulfill all our requirements, but they went beyond by giving us advice/suggestions/valuable inputs and helping us to improve and make decisions using their expertise. I also learned so much about eCommerce, building content, site security, hosting servers throughout the process. In the end, Ben and his team nailed it. Everyone in my company was thoroughly pleased with the final delivery – we now have a professional, attractive, and effective website. We are forever grateful. I will surely refer ShadowComm to any business associates who are looking for quality web designers! In fact, we are planning a couple more websites in the near future, and we will be trusting ShadowComm to come through for us again and again! Can’t wait to work together again! Thank you thank you thank you!
ShadowComm Web SolutionsShadowComm Web Solutions
Modise N.
I have to say avoid this company at all costs. I initially made contact in Sept 2015 with several Houston based site building companies via Thumbtack describing the sports site and the specific features I was looking for. After looking at a few bids I setup meetings. Their bid gave an initial price, but after our face to face, the price was now 66% higher based on extra clarity they now had. Then it went up another 40%. Unlike my current web designer, there were never concrete stages outlined or payment structure based on that structure. i.e. 25% paid at this completion point, 50% at this completion point, etc. They wanted payment of the amt as soon as possible. And when it was time to pay, everyone was able to answer the phone. Emails got immediate replies about billing. Early on, I got emails from Alonso and Melissa, prompt and ready for a card charge. Over the last yr, Melissa disappeared as a POC. The website work is 100% outsourced, and even though that shouldn't be a communication impediment, it was referenced time and time again: "There had been problems w prev customers asking to see parts of the web design b4 it was completed: It causes issues. Timezone barriers. Language barriers. We're still doing fixes on the back end so there's nothing yet to show. Still doing the back end. More work on the back end." We went more than 5 months w nothing tangible. No template nothing. No thoughts on a homepage. No emails asking me to choose between A & B. Nothing. No emails at all. For five months. The only emails I ever got were responses asking about the lack of communication and can I get an update. We never went over code. Never picked a template. Never went over themes, colors, etc. And when I said 6 months w nothing but ur word to show being too long... talk about refunds got the threat of losing money allegedly spent on back end work. So none of the timeframes had been met, there was absolutely nothing to show for it, and in February of 2016, questions about pulling out were met w threat of only partial refunds. In one of many contrasts, my current web designer gave me the URL to the local hosting the barebones template of the site is being built on. As things are implemented, I'm getting emails and I can reload the local site and see changes almost immediately: PC or phone. He's been working on the site 6 weeks. He asked a lot of questions about the first site build I'm referencing above and has not liked the answers. For example: he wanted access to view the already written code that I had seen from the site, to see where they were in development, but code was never made available. Nothing happened as promised. Its a possibility nothing happened or a lot of work was attempted, but not completed, but I have to based this solely on one man's word. No deadlines were met when they said they were implemented. No structure was ever put in place. I never had an outline or calendar detailing what was happening at a certain. I never had a call or email initiated by them for updates. I never had a call or email initiated by them for updates. I never had a call or email initiated by them for updates. And when I would call, sometimes I'd get an answer, sometimes not. Could be days or weeks w complete radio silence from a big professional business that knows there are calls and emails being sent. When I text, sometimes I'd get an answer, sometimes not. When I would email, sometimes I would get a response. Finally around October of 2016 after so much back and forth, Alonso decided his team couldn't do the site. A full year later. What was initially billed as a big company w a team that was going to sit me down quickly from day 1 for a meeting to tell me how the site would be developed was now a one man show, and when Alonso wasn't avail, noone was available. Melissa didn't answer calls, and her email stopped working, apparently. She was part of the team the first 2 months when payments were made in general inquiries, after that... not so much. Thats the issue, maybe even bigger than web design incompetence. How do you carry yourself as a company. Who ducks calls? Maybe the actual "service" is better w phone installs, electrician work, wiring, etc, performed locally but the "customer service" could not have been worse, especially considering the situation. In the 20 months since we first initially made contact, I've never had a telephone call or email initiated from them regarding anything other than money. Never. Never. Not one time. Not a single call or email giving me status update. And the response rate to my inquiries was abysmal. I've recieved most of my money back... but now 20 months later... 24% is still outstanding and I (surprisingly) cant make contact w anyone again. I suspect after this review, that promise to return everything to me won't be honored
AAE Advanced Technology Services (South)AAE Advanced Technology Services (South)
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