What to Look for When You Hire a Web Designer

October 03, 2017    Reading Time: 2 Minutes

What To Look for When Hiring a Web Designer - Graticle

I get it. You’re busy. We’re all busy.

You’re on the hunt for a web designer and don’t know where to start.

You don’t have 8 hours to spend time doing this.

You should be able to get a list of quality web designers together in an hour or less.

To do that, you’re going to need some quick tips to get you on your way.

Let’s stay focused on the most important things to look out for while on your hunt for a web design company.

Reviews

  1. A professional web design business has reviews. It’s that simple. The first companies you can eliminate from your list are companies that don’t have reviews on Google, Facebook, or Yelp. Google is the most important, plus they are viewing when you’re searching. Also, read the reviews. If they are mostly short “Wonderful business!” or “Love them!” those are probably just buddies leaving reviews. Look for stories that are believable. If they all have reviews, eliminate those that have less than five (increase that number as appropriate for your area).

Website

  1. I didn’t say this would be rocket science. Make sure the company has a website first and foremost. While you’re on their website, what do you think? Is it organized and appealing? Is it engaging? Or is it a hodgepodge of slapped together graphics with vague references to “We’re the number one web designers ever!” Remember, if their website doesn’t impress you, don’t expect anything else that they make to be any better. It’s that simple.

Portfolio

  1. On their website, look at their portfolio. This is a web design company’s chance to put their best foot forward. Do any projects resonate with you? Are you impressed with their work? If not, don’t expect them to magically create something better for you.

Services

  1. Do they speak to their services on their website? Do they share their process or what to expect when working with them? This is good. The more information the better. It shows experience. Skip the companies that just make general claims “we create the best websites!” with vague information.

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Last updated on May 04, 2020. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc.

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Let me start by saying if you choose Graticle Design for your website needs, you’ve made the right choice!

Four months ago, I started a new online business. I hired a company that I had found online, to design and build my new business website. Let’s just say, it has been a complete nightmare the past few months trying to get the work done that I needed on my site. I would email them when I needed something and sometimes get no response for days. Not to mention, the amount of time it took for them to get the work done and the high cost of their services. This situation had me extremely stressed out. I must add that I am not computer savvy. Therefore, I depended on this company for all of my website needs. Finally, after months of anxiety, frustration and utter disgust, I decided to search the web for a new website design company. I searched and interviewed many. However, I felt the most comfortable with Graticle Design. When I spoke with Shawn Hooghkirk, I felt a sense of trust and ease after our very first phone interview. Shawn actually took the time to listen and understand my concerns, expectations and everything I wanted for my website. After our first interview, I hired Graticle Design. This was the best decision for my business website and for myself as well. They are fast, efficient, reasonably priced and might I add, very skilled. I am beyond impressed with their service and I couldn’t be happier! I no longer have to stress and worry. I know that I can count on this company for all of my website needs. Most importantly, they do an incredible job!

Thank you Graticle Design! Your team is amazing!

Sincerely, Flickerfancy.com

Renee

Owner

Flicker Fancy

www.FlickerFancy.com

Michigan

As a Marketing Consultant, my business depends on reliable freelancers that I can call on when needed. Having Shawn as my lead designer and developer for all of my client work allows me to deliver amazing work every time!

I have him do all the design for my own needs, even though I have numerous other designers I work with as I love his style and “can-do” attitude.

All of my clients love working with him after my projects are done, too.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a designer that has his skills and his responsiveness, which make him a big value to any team!

Joshua Long

Joshua Long Consulting

www.JoshuaLong.co

Fresno, CA