So you need a killer website for your business. Starting your search for the best web vendor can bring many questions. What qualities and skills do I need to look for when choosing a site developer? Why should I hire someone else versus doing it myself? The search for a great web agency can be daunting, but with these ten tips, you’ll be ready to trust a developer and sign the contract in no time.

    1. Establish Your Website GoalsThink about what you want to accomplish with your website since this will affect specific features and elements in the overall site planning. For instance, if you want to sell products, your site will need ecommerce features. Questions to ask yourself include:

      Do I want to generate more overall business or brand awareness?
      Will there be a blog, contact form or email signup?
      Do I have a video to add to showcase services or products?

      Having a list of goals and site features in mind will help you focus your intentions. Make sure your web vendor understands how the website design will function to accomplish these goals and features.

    2. Determine Your Availability & Time
      Designing a website is no exception to the need for time. Along with an engaging site, there are an array of features that need to be present. There are so many things to consider that it’s easy to inadvertently waste time instead of helping progress your business. While you are likely already cramming more things into your schedule, do you really want an intricate web design process to take over those other calendar commitments? This is where the professionals come in and why an entire career field has been dedicated to web design – because it takes that much time to create! Time is definitely an important consideration here. It is important to make sure the designer you choose has a good grasp on how to run their time to meet reasonable deadlines so neither of you end up running around in circles with no end in sight. By establishing respectful, realistic expectations of time from both the client and web vendor you will be setting yourselves up for success.

    3. Evaluate Your Budget
      Take an honest look at your budget. Figure out exactly how much you can spend, allowing padding in this number for any extra unplanned services you might add on. Most agencies do not publish their pricing, because every web project and build are unique with varying levels of development.