5 Tips for Finding a Web Designer for Your Firm
Did you know 46 percent of Hong Kong visitors stop engaging with your website once they found your web design not attractive enough?
In order to have a website that brings true customers to your business, you must invest into a good web designer or an agency that fits your needs.
Here, we’ll explore 5 crucial tips for finding the perfect local web designer for your firm.
Why do I need a web designer in Hong Kong?
1. You don’t have the time and resources to build a website
You are starting a business or managing a growing company, and you are too busy to build a website on your own. If you are willing to invest a small amount of budget into a web designer or a web design agency like Allo Web Design, you stand a better chance of winning more customers from Google search engine and other channels. And this is just a one-off cost for building it from scratch. (Of course there are yearly hosting fee, domain fee and maintenance fee. But these are relatively small amount.)
2. You know how to build a “good enough” website, but you don’t know how to stand out
Having a website is just the beginning. Having a website that brings results is what matters. Agencies like us, or other web designers, know how to build a search-engine-friendly website and the best practices in the website industry. We can also promote your website with built-in SEO kits, giving you free, organic and long-term traffic from the pool of potential customers. Some clients usually have their own websites already when they come to us. We help them improve their website UI/UX (user interface and user experience) and increase customer acquisition and retention rates.
How do I find a good website designer in Hong Kong?
3. Choose the type of service you prefer
Freelancers: Usually hiring freelancers is the cheapest option for low budget firms. If you are lucky enough to find a web designer who is dedicated and understands your business needs well, it could be a good choice. However, more often we heard negative feedbacks about freelancers’ work quality, and the lack of project management that usually comes with an agency team. And since a freelancer usually works on multiple projects (could be 10 projects in a month!), he/she tends to work on a very tight schedule, and thus affecting the output quality and time management.
Full-service Web Design Agency: If you are looking for more consistent and formal services, a web design agency like Allo Web Design could be the solution. In an agency, there are usually a project team dedicated to your project with an account manager. Therefore, each teammate is responsible for his/her own part (e.g. visual design, UI/UX design, web development, account servicing), he/she is more experienced in his/her own field and can better control the project timeline. An account manager can also help “translate” a client’s requirements into web development language, so that the business needs can be aligned with every member.
4. Check the detailed breakdown of pricing
Web development is a complicated process and consists of many sub-items. Make sure you ask a lot of questions before signing the web design contract with your agency or freelancer. You can also request for a more detailed cost breakdown to avoid disputes after the project starts. Basic costs include web design, web development, web hosting, maintenance service, domain fee, etc.
5. Request for job references/ past portfolio
Similar to hiring a staff, before committing to a web design agency, it’s important to understand their background and experience in your related field. It is usually helpful to learn more about their previous website samples, as there might be clues on their work quality and even inspirations for your new website! Before you start the project, you can also give some website examples with similar styles that you are looking for.
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