There are so many website design companies all over the world, it seems like every man and his dog is starting one, in fact, anyone with a laptop seems to be able to provide this service, and the cost of doing so is falling like a stone; you can build a website for a few hundred pounds, for example.
So what compels one web composition organization not quite the same as another? What are the unique selling points that you need to look for to make you choose one company over another?
This question truly relies upon the idea of your business. For example, if you are a fancy hotel with several restaurants, you'll need a slightly more sophisticated website than a local handyman like a plumber or an electrician, which will obviously be reflected in the price.
If you want to update your website regularly, this will also be reflected in the price you pay either monthly or at the beginning.
One of the most overlooked items when looking for a website designer is whether search engine optimization (SEO) is included. Without SEO, your website will not be found by people/customers searching for keywords related to your website/business.
Website design is relatively easy today compared to 5 or 10 years ago. There are content-managed websites like WordPress that can be created by anyone with intermediate computer skills, you do not need to know website design or HTML. This is also the reason why there are so many companies that deal with website design. However, what these companies do not or can not do is the most important thing you can do with a website, which is SEO, and the problem is that it requires a long investment to get everything done as well as possible.
If you are looking for a website designer near you, just type in "website design" + your city on Google, for example, website design in Lincoln. You'll then get a list of website designers in Lincoln with a map in the upper right corner and little red flags indicating where the businesses are located.
Now you need to decide what you want to pay to be on the first page of Google. 98% of website designers will want to build you a website first before charging you for SEO work, I can pretty much promise it. What you need is the 2% of website design companies that offer everything in a package and where you can pay for it monthly without signing any contract.
If you are new to the world of website design, you are probably unsure if it will work for you or not. It seems a little unfair to ask you to pay £300 - £400 for a simple website without knowing if you'll make any money from it, or at least have your phone ringing with requests.
The 2% of website design companies that do what you need will do the following: pay you for your domain name, create a website, host the website and make sure the website is ranked on the first page of Google (usually in the top three places) - all for free FREE. They then give you a certain amount of time to evaluate the amount of new business you have received in that time (usually 1 month from the time you appear in the top three spots).
Only then will you be charged for your website and search engine optimization, which ranges from £50 to £2,000 per month depending on your industry. You must remember that you have already seen the profit you have made from your FREE month at the top of Google, now you just have to haggle to stay there. If you think about it, it's really not costing you anything, because you are paying for your website to be at the top of Google next month with your profit from the previous month, a profit you would not have had if you had not been at the top of Google.
Mick Young is a website design specialist in Lincoln [http://www.localtradeswebsitedesign.co.uk] and has a business called Local Trades Website Design, which specializes in designing websites for local trades businesses such as plumbers, electricians, painters, decorators, etc. - pretty much any type of business where your customers would normally have used the Yellow Pages or something similar to find you and your business.