Today, anyone who wants to provide information, sell something online, share information or promote a business knows that an online presence will help them achieve those goals.

Goals

Hiring a Web Designer

And the search begins. Those who can spot a good Website designer are usually a good Web designer themselves, or will at least have done quite a bit of Web design. But for those who aren’t designers (like you), the choosing of the right web designer can be an overwhelming task.

Evaluate the Skill Set

The key to hiring the right South Carolina Web designer is deciding in advance what skills you need. If your website relies heavily on server-side or database components, you may not be as concerned with a candidate’s lack of experience with JavaScript or other client-side technologies. You would never hire a painter to fix the plumbing in your house, but website owners have made mistakes almost that drastic in hiring the wrong kind of web designer.

Know the Cost

This is typically foremost on most people’s minds. Sometimes it’s best to get this one out of the way right from the start. You might have a certain budget and once you find out the price, you realize that there’s no point talking any further. This can actually happen with a lot of products or services you plan to purchase. It can be a bit of an education to learn that a decent web site costs more than $100, and if you find a web designer who will do it for that price, well then, don’t expect much.

What about SEO?

When you ask questions about Search Engine Optimization of your website, and all your hear is talk about meta tags and keywords, that’s a big red flag. If a web designer is serious about their business, they should know and understand the principles of SEO and how these principles apply to the website and all of the content of your website. If you are asked about using Flash for your website, ask if that will cause any problems getting your site content indexed on the search engines. Take note of how they answer this question and if their answer is complex, filled with website jargon and they “flash isn’t a problem for Google", run away.

Own the Domain

Unfortunately, there are web designers out there who will steal your domain name and try to sell it back to you. I personally know several small business owners that have had this happened to them and they simply can’t afford the legal costs of a resolution. Make sure you are the “Owner” and/or “Registrant” of your domain name. You can always register your domain name here for as low as $12/year.

Don't Overpay for Hosting

Many South Carolina Web Designers will offer to handle your web hosting as a convenience to you. This is all well and fine but beware, some of them will attempt to really fatten their wallets here at your expense. If you're website doesn't have complex databases and e-commerce integration, you shouldn't be paying anything over $20/month. GoDaddy.com offers hosting solutions starting at $5.00/month



In conclusion, know that selecting a qualified South Carolina Website Designer is not an easy process. If you are in the market for a new website design or re-design for your business, there are many things to consider before making your final decision. Knowledge is power. Preparation is key. Don't get burned!