It’s been said time and time again—a website is essential for any individual or business looking to market themselves, have a voice, or earn credibility with professionals. With over 3.7 billion people using the internet, there is no greater 24 hour storefront for your product, service, or non-profit. But how do you find a Web Designer aligned with your vision? How can you be sure you’re hiring someone with the experience necessary to make your website user-friendly? We answered some common questions to help:
Before hiring anyone, it’s important to know what skills will be needed for your project. In the past, the distinction between a web designer and web developer was simple: a designer was concerned with the aesthetics of the site—what it looks like on the surface—whereas a website developer assisted with the mechanics of the site—the coding beneath it. Today, that line tends to blur more often than not. Now, there are web designers with a range of coding skills and web developers that can design a page mock-up, both using different software to achieve their goals. There’s even a term for hybrid web designers and developers: the unicorn.
A fully functional website will need the skill sets of both a designer and a developer in order to come to life—so when hiring one, consider this checklist: