How to Make the Most of Your Web Designer

By October 16, 2018 Business Tips, Website Design
Web Design Business Tips from Howell Edwards Ltd

At Howell Edwards, we thrive on creating and nurturing great relationships with our clients. We pride ourselves on being known as approachable and helpful, especially when we’re working on huge, defining projects such as branding and website designs. We know that taking the plunge and hiring a web designer can be a daunting and intimidating task, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you.

We’ll be completely honest – some of our projects haven’t gone as well as they could have. The one thing that these projects have in common is that our clients were afraid to give us their honest feedback. Ultimately, we want our clients to be thrilled with their finished website – so we’ll do everything we can to ensure it happens. We, or any other web designer, can only do that if our customers are honest about what they like and dislike from a design. We’ve learnt from this, and changed our approach to web design to try and ensure that our clients feel validated and recognised. It’s really important for us to build a strong relationship with our clients so that from initial design through to the website launch, everything runs smoothly, efficiently, and, most importantly for our clients, cost effectively.

We know how important and personal that your web design is for your brand, so we’ve collected some advice and tips to help you make the most of your web designer, and help you get the result that you deserve.

1. Remember Why You Hired a Designer
There’s a reason that you’ve hired a designer – because we’re the experts. You’ve probably spent hours looking through portfolios, case studies, and testimonials, to find a designer that you like. There’s a reason that you’ve chosen them to deliver you a product that you’ll love – because that’s what they do. A professional web designer has all the knowledge and skills needed to give you a website that fulfils your needs, that you’re proud to show off and send people to. They will stay ahead of the curve, abreast of the latest trends, and at the forefront of visual technology. If they’re recommending or suggesting something that maybe doesn’t align with your initial thoughts, there’s a reason for it. Placing your trust in your designer is essential to a great end result.

2. Be Prepared
At the heart of it, web design is problem solving; designing a website that looks visually stunning, gives excellent user experience, and provides long term solutions for your business. This could be through an integrated e-commerce platform, it could be through an eye-catching portfolio site; whatever you’re looking for, web design has a solution. In order to be able to solve your brand’s problems, your web designer will need to know what they are. A detailed brief, including as much information about your business, target audiences, competitors, goals, and more, is a great way to do this. The more insight that your designer has, the better their design will meet your expectations.

Your website designer will almost certainly need your site content, so spend some time preparing everything you want to include on your new website. This can be everything from your brand assets like your logo and style guide, to your visual imagery – any photographs and videos that you have, your site copy, happy client testimonials, your social media links. The more prepared you are to begin with, the more information that your designer will have, and the more efficiently your web design project will run.
We can design and develop a website that works for you and your business. Whatever you’re looking for, we’re always happy to design and build a refreshed website, custom tailored to your needs and comprising all the functionality you require. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us today, we would love to hear from you.

3. Be Honest
Above all else, both you and your designer will want your website to be something that you’re ecstatic to show off. The only way to achieve this is by giving honest, constructive feedback to your designer. If you don’t like something about the design, let them know. If something about the functionality isn’t right, tell them. Your knowledge of your business and customers is invaluable when it comes to offering feedback for the website, so make sure that you’re honest and communicative when your designer asks for your thoughts.

4. Avoid Involving Too Many Cooks
It can be really tempting to ask your friends and family for their opinions on your web design – but this almost always ends up being a hindrance rather than a help. A design element that you absolutely loved can be thrown into doubt by Auntie Brenda’s “I don’t like the colour.” Ultimately, you’re the decision maker, and it’s you that understands your website’s aims. Try and leave other’s subjective opinions behind and focus on your goals.

We hope this has been helpful if you’re getting ready to take the plunge and commission your new website. We know it can be daunting, but trusting that you’ve found the right designer, being prepared, and giving honest, focused feedback will help to ensure that you get a result that you’re proud to show off.

We can design and develop a website that works for you and your business. Whatever you’re looking for, we’re always happy to design and build a refreshed website, custom tailored to your needs and comprising all the functionality you require. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us today, we would love to hear from you.

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