There are thousands of web development companies to choose from, all claiming to be the best, the cheapest, the most experienced. So how do you know who to select?
First, there are some things that you should watch out for. Many of the rules for hiring a tradesman such as a plumber or electrician are the same for hiring a web development company. With a little knowledge and common sense you should be able to separate the wheat from the chaff and make an educated decision on which company will be right for you.
It is important to remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many web development companies oversell their services, claiming to be able to design amazing, complex websites that 'guarantee sales' or that will 'attract millions of new customers'. Steer clear of grandiose statements such as these, especially if they are accompanied by ridiculously small prices. Yes, it is good to look for value, but if a company is selling a complete web package for less than $500, it is likely to be a template design that hundreds of other companies have.
Check their website for evidence of their experience, such as example sites, references and testimonials. Take some time to browse their portfolio. Do you like their designs? Does their sites load quickly, look appealing and seem easy to use? Can you imagine your website in a similar style? Each company has a different taste, and it is important to choose a web designer that you feel will handle your project that way that you want.
Also look for honesty on a Web development company's website.
Once you have a short list of designers, email each of them to see what their response is like. It should be fast, friendly and efficient, treating your enquiry with the same care that you would want them to use with your website. Choose a company who you feel you can trust and have a good working relationship with, as well as one that has a strong portfolio of work and glowing testimonials from happy customers