Hiring a Web Designer
Check List & Tips
by Linda Lee-askmepc-webdesign
Many people come to me
after they have tried to work with a different web person.
You need to check
people out on online before you hire them.
How recent is their work?
My sites have dates in the footer so you can see if it is current work and the website is current.
Many people have very old and dated sites.
What worked in the early 2000's is not as effective today.
Next, check out their
* Click the links in the testimonials, do they
Are they broken?
* Are the sites gone?
* Checkthe footer, has a new web designer or web
company taken it over?
How does the web designers own site look to you?
* Is it easy to understand and navigate?
* Is it current?
* Does it have broken links, or pages that do not work?
* Does it work in multiple browsers/
Do they have a phone number where you can call them
and actually speak to them?
Are they easy to reach?
This is very important.
Did they answer your email inquiry promptly?
Were they able to actually give you a written price quote?
Did they send you one after you talked and agreed to hire them?
Get it in writing always, for both your sake.
The more you discuss ahead of time the better the process will go.
Never assume , always be clear and ask for you want, after all it is your website!
Technical Questions to ask a potential website designer.
This is a sample of questions you should ask your potential web person
These are all things I do for my clients.
1. Do you add keywords to each
page? (these are descriptive words that are added behind the scenes to a website, so search engines can even
find you by your "keywords" that are relevant to your website topics.
2. Where are the meta tags? These
are search phrases and pages titles in code behind the scenes.
3. Everyone should have a blog. I recommend WordPress sites.
Does your person work with blog websites? Do they know how to set one up, add plugins, seo, and customize
How many blog sites have they set up, and ask to see them. WordPress has evolved so
much that I now build all my sites on the WordPress platform. Ask me for more details.
4. Where is site map so search
engines will find this site?
5. How will you search engine
optimize the site?
6. You need an email capture form on the site. usually it is
best to sign up for a good email program like aweber. (click here now to learn more.)
Will your web person set that up for you on your site?
7. Can you create a slideshow of
photos for my website?
8. Will you add my twitter button
and facebook button or other badges and buttons to the sidebar on the website, and have it show on each page,
and link it the appropriate id?
9. I need a squeeze page or a
sales page, can you set that up for me?
10. How do I set up paypal or a
11. After someone buys my product,
can you create a success landing page?
12. Do you create a favicon? (this
is the little icon in the browser window with your logo.)
These are by no means all the
questions you can ask, but if your potential webmaster does not know what you are talking about when you ask
these questions, then that is not a good sign. Good luck and if you need help creating a website or beautiful
new blog or WordPress Content Management Website, please fill out my free consultation form here.