Hiring A Web Designer – What You Need To Know
For a lot of people, hiring a web developer to put together their site is a common thing. However, it is hard to understand the intricacies of hiring a competent web designer if you haven’t done so in the past. If you’re in that position, keep reading this article.
Which hosting account should I sign up for?
If you just want one website, sign up for the most basic one – the shared hosting Hatchling account. If you envision hosting a bunch of different websites, take a look at the Reseller package.
Do I need an elaborate or a just a simple website?
It is important to have some realistic expectations about what a web designer is going to do for you. If you have a limited budget, your site will be somewhat basic and not like some of the magnificent works of art some web designers produce for thousands of dollars. For a small fee, a web designer is not going to spend hours on the phone talking about your design or do a bunch of redesigns for you – this is a pretty streamlined process.
But if you are looking to save some cash and just get your idea online, this is a nice way to do just that and still have something that looks professional.
If I have to pay a monthly hosting fee, it can get expensive though, right?
Everyone has to pay for a hosting account – no matter how you go about finding a designer for your site. I like to think about it as my “rent” for being on the Internet. Besides, you can get with a decent host for only a few dollars a month.
Doesn’t WordPress offer free websites though?
Yes, and no. WordPress does host websites for people using the same software, but it is understood by most internet marketers that using this service presents some real disadvantages. The first one is that when you use this service (or a similar one, like Blogger), your domain will be a sub-domain: instead of YOURWEBSITE.com, your domain will be YOURWEBSITE.wordpress.com. For more information about wordpress website designs visit keen website design and branding company in Malta.
This is seen as less professional by many internet users and will lead to many of them not taking you seriously. Most experts agree that you need to host your own account if you’re serious about online business.
The second disadvantage is that you are not allowed to promote business on a WordPress-hosted site. For me, that is a definite deal killer, but if it’s not for you, than you can go to WordPress.com to set up your free site there. That will, of course, come with a learning curve.
One last thing to mention is that many internet marketers don’t think a WordPress or Blogger site ranks as well in Google. I personally don’t believe this is true, but it’s worth consideration.
How hard is it going to be to manage my website?
It really isn’t that hard at all. Obviously, you’ll need some real HTML skills if you want to radically customize, but if all you want to do is upload articles, post photos, and maintain a regular blog, WordPress makes this extremely easy to do.
What kind of domain name should I choose?
That’s really up to you. If you want to rank in the search engines, try to get a domain name with your keyword string – this will triple the effect of any SEO you do, in my experience. If that’s not a concern, just think of something catchy. Also, .com is seen as the most trusted. If that is not available, go with a .net or a .org, in that order. Click HERE to go purchase a domain name.
What if I want a more sophisticated site?
No problem. If you just want more than the usual 5 to 6 pages, you will obviously have to shell out more money. There are several web designers that offer a cheap premium content/site creation service. Get with them and ask them for quote on an advanced design package.
Who manages my website?
Your designer will only set your website up; you can pretty much manage your own website from there. A CMS like WordPress is really user friendly. You will get acquainted with it in no time!
Will my clients be able to contact me directly?
Yes. You will put your phone number, email, or address on the site, or you can set up a contact form that directs all queries to an email account of your choice