Weather you are starting a new website or looking to update your current old design chances are that you will be looking for a good website designer in Dublin to do it for you. Finding web designers is not that difficult, normally people would simply do a bit of googling and click trough to the first two or three results returned. Well, we would like to offer you some basic advice on how to find a good company to work on your project and enlighten you on what to look for in general in this industry.
How much can you spend on your new website?
If you expect that you will be able to contact one of these digital creative agencies and ask them to price your new website for you you will soon find out that it does not work that way. You see, a web design project is not something that has a fixed price or value, it all depends on a number of factors. And the best way to build the right solution for yourself is to set a budget for it in advance. Ask yourself how much can you spend on this website right now without breaking your bank, and approach the digital agencies with this budget in mind.
Do your due diligence
Very often people tend to look for a very wide range of functionality from their site that is completely unnecessary and is unrealistic for the budget they have set for themselves. I always recommend the following steps before you even approach any web design company.
- List out what functionality you want from your site.
- Decide what functionality is absolutely necessary and what would be considered a ‘luxury’?
- Take a look around your competitors’ sites, see if there are any design patters you like. Gather at least 3-4 examples of what you liked. You can even gather some examples of what you didn’t like! This will help speed up your design process for the agency, so they know in advance what they should rule out all together.
- Gather the content you wish to display on the site. 9 times out of 10 people don’t even have anything to put on their site which is very inconvenient for your designer. Get your text, pictures, videos and everything else prepared in advance as much as you can. This may even lower your quote as a result because it will minimise how much time the agency has to spend dealing with you.
- Set yourself a firm budget for the project, try to be realistic with your budget and expectation ratio. Any serious digital agency in Dublin will ask you for a budget, if you don’t have one you are delaying the process again.
Gather some quotations
Now that you have prepared all your content, found some examples of what you liked and didn’t like and have decided on your functionality needs if any, you should be in a good position to start gathering offers. I always recommend gathering 3 offers from respectable and established local companies that have been around for a while.
Tip: Do not be tempted to go with the lowest priced offer, you are more than likely have a much better experience if you go with the middle priced offer. Often the low bidders are desperate for work, which can mean they are not that well established. There are high bidders that are spoiled for choice, they tend to deal with big corporate clients and charge extremely high rates for projects, you might want to stay away and avoid being overcharged. What you want is the mid priced option, they will usually deliver a good ratio of price to result. Now you can go out there and start your project!
This article was provided courtesy of www.clicdublin.ie