If you are landing here, you may be in the market for someone to develop a website for you. Maybe you’re launching a new book, starting a new business, or just want to write a blog. Those are great reasons to have a website! But, how do you know how to choose someone to set you up? How do you know if you’ve found a quality designer? There are developers on all ends of the spectrum. You have young and old, new and been around, freelancers and companies. What’s the best option?  I have a few tips for narrowing down the field.

  1. Check out their portfolio. Take some time and look at the work they’ve done. This should be readily available on their website. If you can’t see examples of their work, then run away. Run away fast!
  2. Look at their contract. Any web designer who has been doing this for a while is going to ask you to sign a contract. This contract will spell out things such as copyright information, payment requirements, and all kinds of legal stuff. A contract protects both you and the web designer, and if you aren’t being asked to sign one, then I would definitely raise an eyebrow.
  3. Ask for references/read testimonials. We proudly display testimonials on our site from our clients. In fact, we have a whole page full of them! Many of them with links to websites we’ve made. Want to know about other clients’ experiences? Just ask us and we’ll send them your way. Met someone who doesn’t have any names to give you? No testimonials? Ask yourself why they don’t have those.

Amy Masson

Amy is the co-owner, developer, and website strategist for Sumy Designs. She's been making websites with WordPress since 2006 and is passionate about making sure websites are as functional as they are beautiful.

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