How to choose a website developer and webmaster
There are a large number of large companies, small shops and individuals who promote their website design services. ECS suggests that you look for a website developer who is established, who will work with you to provide exactly the website you want, and who will be available over the long-haul to support and make changes to your website.
Choosing a website developer
When choosing a website designer and webmaster, you can select from individuals and companies, those who do custom design versus those who are "template-driven", and those who are overseas versus local. No matter who you select, it is important to select an individual or a company with a proven track record, and one who will give you the results and the support that you require.
What about having your high-school nephew make a website for you? In website design, as in many fields, you get what you pay for. Cobbling together some html is one thing; creating a content-driven website with marketing appeal is another. Even if you are a start-up business or a nonprofit with a tight budget, it is almost always more cost-effective in the long run to hire a professional to do a professional job.
Many website hosting companies will provide website packages that offer templates that you can choose from. These are fairly cost-effective, but generally are a fixed product and are not customized to your design requirements. Some hosting companies will offer custom website design, but this is actually farmed out to website developers overseas, leaving you without a direct line of communication to the developer. Also an issue with "packaged" custom design is that there is tremendous pressure on the website developers for fast turnaround in order to improve profit margins. This naturally results in lower quality work.
Probably the most important characteristic of a website designer is the ability to work with you to deliver the website "look and feel" that you want. Equally important are communications and follow-through are paramount. ECS uses this questionnaire as the starting point for communicating your design requirements.
The same applies to your webmaster (often the same person or company). While the website designer creates the artwork and website layout, the webmaster is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and operation of the website, including email management. The webmaster will have an overlapping skill set that includes the more technical aspects of website management, server management, and usually programming and website scripting. It is equally important for the webmaster to have good communications skills and follow-through.
Another important characteristic of a webdesigner is a proven track record with satisfied clients. A solid portfolio including website designs for diverse clients is important, as are solid customer recommendations.
Here is a list of questions to ask a prospective web designer or webmaster:
ECS website development
Elbel Consulting Services, LLC is a company with a proven track record of exceeding customers' expectations. ECS has been developing websites since 1995 and has the design experience and back-end technical ability to deliver a quality website to your specifications. In addition, ECS has significant business, marketing and media experience - important factors to consider when developing your website appearance and marketing content. ECS adheres to the basic tenet of customer support being first and foremost. Contact Elbel Consulting Services for more information on professional website design.