Guidelines in Choosing a Website Design Firm
Today, whether individuals or companies, would want their own websites. There are some matters though that you have to find out about the website design firm you tasked to develop for you before you get started on your website.
The number one matter you have to check with your potential website developer is on the quotation they gave on the designing of the site, and this means if the quote is guaranteed. Take note that it should be included in the web design offer to allow you to ask for a free quote. If a free quote is given to you by the website design firm, it is good to ensure that the quote is guaranteed or else risk having a price that is different once you hired them. On the other hand, if you add new features to the site then the price might be changed, but if you are not changing anything, then make sure that you will only pay based on the original agreement.
The second thing to ask about is how much maintenance cost you will be spending after the website is completed. Know that the maintenance costs would be depending on the kind of website you are having. For example, if your business has a small five page website, then your maintenance cost could be in updating text to the setting up of new email addresses for your people. However, if your website is a complex one where you have a database, a web programming language and so on, then expect some kind of a monthly maintenance fee that will make the website group to manage the system and in making sure that it is running smoothly. You could find a service too that may include the monthly maintenance fee in their package deal.
The next question you shold ask is if your company has the complete rights to its website. For small websites without complex systems installed, usually you have the rights for it. However, if the system developed for you runs on special code that the design firm owns, then it is advisable to ask them if you have the rights to the software. Generally, many of the web designing firms will say yes, except for those web designers who create their own systems, which in this case might only give you the rights to the system of your site but not the reseller rights.
The next matter you have to settle about is when the website is done and you will need additional features to the site and how will it affect the cost. One thing to know is to find out during the proposal process.