How to Hire a Website or Blog Designer and Be a Good Client

November 5th, 2007 · No Comments · Category: Blogging · Design and Development · Essentials · Web & Blog Business

Your Typical Website or Blog Wants

You want fancy dynamic moving images. Well, that’s great, but be prepared to pay for it. Flash movies are labor intensive to develop, more so than a static image. If you want moving objects, ask yourself why, first. Then, discuss with your site developer what you’d like. Many common dynamic elements can be achieved using JavaScript and some using PHP and fewer using animated gifs. These are often more cheaper alternatives. If you insist on using Flash, first make sure your target audience is web savvy and use computers sophisticated enough to support Flash without slowing down loading time. Also, you can also check out sites like Flash Files and other Flash file directories that offer free use of flash movies created by others.

You want dynamic interactivity for your users. Fine, you should. Your users deserve it and it keeps them engaged and not bored. But, be specific and give your designer/developer the specifics of how you’d like your site visitors to interact with your website and they can tell you how that can be achieved given your budget and time constraints.

You want a database to store information. Again, ask yourself why. Then ask yourself what type of content will be stored in this database. Articles? Images? Videos? And then ask yourself who’ll be in charge of updating and backing up this database of information. You? Someone in your business? The web developer you hire (for a monthly maintenance fee)?

You want a kick-arse fancy, artsy design. Design is labor hours. It takes time to think about, come up with and implement a design that’s customized for you or your business. Don’t take this for granted and you won’t be disappointment. Trust me, if you want a customized designed that will make your competition pay attention or your site visitors never want to leave, it’s damn well worth the price. It’s not as expensive as you think (depending on the designer) but not as cheap either. Regardless, just let your designer know your vision and trust that she can make it happen if you’re willing to pay more than expected and not as much as you fear.

Of course, there are many, many other things you may want for your web presence. Write them down and separate them from your needs. Interview a few designer-developers and compare pricing and timelines.

Be a good client by doing a little research, asking your designer lots of questions, giving them room to create what you asked and taking into consideration that you are paying for a service, not a product so the cost is rarely streamlined.

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