The ever growing web has increased it's demands on web design companies significantly, and consequently a multitude of new web design firms are starting up, each promising to deliver great web services to you.
However, all that glitters is not gold, and selecting a great web design company requires a good deal of caution and wisdom on your part. There are certain attributes though that make a web design company worth selecting:
A great web design company will be equipped with really talented web designers and developers, offering truly professional web services: content creation, creativity in web design, SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and other relevant features - each one essential for a top class website.
A Company With a Local Office
A web design company with a local office has an obvious added advantage - you can call into their office and discuss your website. These meetings are not only necessary at the start of a website build, but all along the way as your grow your website and increase it's impact on your business.
Price & Quality
In business, cost is a basic driving force behind all decisions. But making a choice purely on the basis of cheaper price-tags can lead you to compromise on quality and effectiveness. A creditable website design company knows how to find a good middle ground between price, complexity and features. Check whether your website design company has set its price fairly for the full list of services and features that it will provide.
Lots of websites now have common features like discussion forums, complicated flash graphics, database systems, shopping carts etc. and your web design company needs to have a good price on offer for each of these add-ons for your website. You may not needs these right now but you may need them in 6 or 12 months time.
Nowadays, a website is virtually of no use without proper SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). A worthy web design company will be able to properly advise your on SEO and getting you onto page 1 on Google for your keywords. Make sure that your web developers incorporate SEO in your web design quotation.
A good web design company will also offer additional services for your website like getting your website domain name registered, updating the website with fresh content on a regular basis if you ask them to, managing email accounts, managing database data etc. If you are interested in having these services setup for you, now or in the future, enquire with your web design company that they do provide these services, and at what cost.
So, selecting a great web design company does take a bit of work but it will pay you back many times over in terms of raw cash, and in terms of the health and growth of your business it's absolutely vital that you work with a good one.