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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.

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.

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 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 River Oaks web designers
Mary M.
I enjoyed speaking with Mike in the beginning of the web design process. He was very thorough and answered all of my questions. We discussed a budget for the project ($8,000) and we negotiated down to $5,000. This budget was agreed upon because I acknowledged that I would write all content for the site with the exception of the SEO content. The final contract read that Mike and his team would research and write content for SEO pages for my site. The following is the quote from the contract: "SEO Pages: We will research and write these area information / lifestyle / resources pages for your site." Unfortunately, the team never followed through with this portion of the contract. I authored all of the site content and they attempted create two "blog pages" to increase traffic to the site but the pages were filled with typos and information that was not correct. Additionally, the two pages contained content that was essentially identical and appeared to be copy/pasted. I was not informed when these two pages were uploaded, but instead found them when I examined the site one day and had to spend several hours editing the content. When I reached out to Mike, he disagreed that they were responsible for creating SEO content for my pages and never responded to my email when I provided him the relevant information from the contract. The company then renewed several domain names they registered for me and billed me for them without contacting me prior to doing so to see if I wished to renew. Mike claimed that a staff member did attempt to contact me, but I have not changed my email address or phone number and have Mike and his entire staff listed in my contacts. I additionally double checked my junk mail folder and my voicemail just to be sure. When I called Mike to inquire about the renewal, he asked me to find another company to host my site but did not explain why. This was certainly one of the worst investments I've ever made with regard to my business (private practice psychologist) and I have yet to receive one referral for business from the website, despite the site being active for approximately one year and despite Mike informing me prior to signing the contract that Appnet was the best company to use for driving traffic to the site. I have never written a review for any other product I have purchased or service I have received, but felt compelled to alert people regarding this experience. I would never use this company again. ------------------------- **Update: After reading my review, Mike called me on my work phone, my cell phone, texted me, and emailed me asking me to change my review. Without waiting for me to get back with him (I responded to his email within 25 minutes of him sending it), he wrote a reply to my review indicating that I "know" Appnet "earned a five star review as well" and suggested I wrote the review as a knee jerk reaction. To be clear, I purposely waited one year from the inception of the project to review Appnet in an effort to ensure my review was accurate and not based on any immediate frustrations I had with the company. I chose to leave the review at the moment I did because Mike asked me to find another person to host my website, so I felt it appropriate to review the company before I moved my website elsewhere. After reading my review, he then asked me to remain with the company and said they would like to continue hosting my site. To Mike's credit, he initially apologized for the way he treated me on the phone and indicated he was having a bad day. Of course, I understand everyone has bad days and can say things they don't mean. However, he then proceeded to threaten to post a review online about my services as a forensic psychologist if I did not take my review down. He even went as far as to specify that this hypothetical review of me would be seen on "Yelp, Google, and everything." Neither Mike nor any individual at Appnet has ever retained me for forensic psychological services or therapy so I am unsure why he would threaten to purposefully damage my business when he has no personal knowledge of that business. This is disturbing and gives me pause as to whether he has previously threatened other people in an effort to get them to change their reviews. I want to emphasize that, contrary to Mike's reply to this review and his subsequent email comments to me, the review was not intended as a "weapon" but rather was well-thought out based on frustrations with the company I experienced over the course of the year I worked with them. For example, I purposefully did not keep a credit card on file with Appnet so they would review any charges with me prior to moving forward. Instead, the company renewed four domain names and then billed me for those names without my permission. As noted above, Mike knows at least four different ways to get in touch with me quickly, so I'm unsure why I was not contacted prior to the renewal. Regarding Mike's comments about SEO, our agreement was that if I authored the entire content of the website with the exception of the SEO content, that would free up some of the budget for their team to author SEO content. We seem to remember this point differently and interpret the contract differently. I apologize to Mike if he feels that I misrepresented any part of the contract by quoting a portion of it above, but I respectfully disagree that I have misrepresented anything. Notably, the site has been live for 10 months and I have yet to receive one referral through the site. Finally, I want to make the point that I bill hourly in my job. I spent approximately three hours today trying to address this issue and going back and forth with Mike, resulting in a loss of approximately a thousand dollars of revenue I would have been earning had I been working during those hours. This is to say that I felt it was important enough to sacrifice income to ensure that this review was thoughtful, accurate, informative, and did not misrepresent the experience I had with Appnet in any way. It is not my intention to hurt their business but rather to give additional information to other people thinking about hiring this company.
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