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    SitePoint Wizard geiger's Avatar
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    Finding a Web Design Firm

    I'm currently attempting to acquire a certain website and plan to redesign it if everything goes through. However, I'm having trouble locating a design firm whose talents fit the bill. Are there any recommended strategies for finding a firm besides simply browsing the Internet? Are there any *quality* directories, etc.? Thanks.

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    what is the bill?

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    SitePoint Wizard geiger's Avatar
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    The "bill" as in the "project". I'm not asking for a specific firm recommendation, but rather a way to find various firms.

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    There is alot of webdesign firms and freelance groups on http://www.digitalthread.com

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    try http://j-walk.com/other/ossw/

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    SitePoint Wizard geiger's Avatar
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    Thanks, crunchi

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    if it helps the design company I know that makes very high quality designs charges about 1,500 for the design without flash and another 1000 for flash ... just some pricing tips to consider
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    You should get in touch with businesses in your area whose sites you like. Ask them who designed their site and if they'd recommend them to you. You should get a pretty good list of reputable design firms after a day's worth of calling. Good luck.

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    Here is an article that I wrote when I was into web design. It may help:

    Simple Steps to Finding a Web Designer

    Step 1. Planning
    While searching for the right web designer it is important to have a clear idea of what the role your new website will fill. Will it provide information to your customers? Will it serve the needs of your employees? Or will it include an online shopping ability for selling purposes? As a web designer myself, the key information I would want to know from you would be:

    - The role of your new website.
    - The intended market or audience of your Website.
    - Your budget.

    With this information I would have a clear understanding of your requirements. Take time to consider what you expect from your website and the type of information you want to get across to your potential clients before you approach your website designer. This will save you and the designer a considerable amount of time and effort.

    Step 2. Compile a list of web designers
    Creating a list of web designers will allow you to view a range of different designs and find the styles you like. Here are some techniques to help you in your search:

    1. Search for website designers on the Internet
    - Browse through websites specifically devoted to website design. Choose and compare at least three website designers to get an overall picture of what is available.

    2. Check out a range of industry related websites
    - Spend some time looking at other websites that may be related or are similar to your industry, choose a few different websites that you admire and look for the web design firm in the list of credits or contact the organization and ask for information about the designer. You could also find out if that organization is happy with the level of service they received.

    3. Referrals
    - Ask friends, family and co-workers who they used to design their website. Ask them if they were satisfied with the service they received and if the completed designs were what they expected. Ask if they feel they received value for money.

    Step 3. Create a shortlist
    From your initial list determine which web design service is best suited to your requirements and your project. The following guide will help you to choose 3-6 website designers:

    a. Examine their websites
    - Survey the projects in the portfolio and check for consistent quality.
    - Ask if the web design service has created solutions for businesses similar to yours. - Find out which country the design service operates from.
    b. Find out their design process
    - Find out if the web design service offers a standard process for developing web sites.
    - Do they take the time to understand your web site goals and offer a solid planning proposal.
    c. Determine what other products/services the firm can offer
    - Look for added value products or extra services the design service can offer.
    - Make contact with the web design services that are on your shortlist.

    Step 4. Secure quotes from each design service
    Obtain quotes from the remaining design services so you can compare the quality of design and service to make an informed decision.

    - Select the web designers you feel offer the best web design options and services.
    - Supply the same information to each web design service and ask for a quote to create your website.
    - Ask for a breakdown of costs so you can compare costs against other web design services.

    Step 5. Evaluate the proposals
    Time spent reviewing and comparing each proposal will help you decide which website design service is best suited to your business requirements.

    - Examine each proposal individually.
    - Check out how well the web design service presented their web design proposal.
    - Keep a checklist for each proposal; look for strengths and weaknesses.
    - Compare each proposal.
    - Compare the presentation, the content and check if they satisfy your business needs and goals.

    Once you have made your decision, advise the design services that did not succeed and let them know why you decided not to choose their proposal. Finally contact the successful design service and tell them the good news.
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    just browse the net and if you find one just review thier offer thier design and some testimony of thier client.You must know the quality of there work

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    Please do not discuss pricing as it is against SitePoint rules.


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