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What Do I Look For When Hiring A Web Designer?

October 10, 2017

How to Hire a Web Designer

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:

Web Designer or Web Developer?

How to hire a web designerBefore 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:

  • Skills: Are you requesting a site made from scratch? Is it an existing Wordpress site that needs customization? Make sure your designer is equipped to handle the platform you want your website on. A good way to see if a designer will work well with you is to find a other websites and let them know what features of it you like and want on yours. 
  • Portfolio: Look at their past work. What industries do they know well? Do they specialize in any particular type of website? Their portfolio will reveal that much and more.  
  • Experience: Is your website going to have six pages or six hundred? Is it informational? Ecommerce? Consider the types of experience the designer has before hiring one to take on a project that could be out of their league or individual capabilities.
If you need a secure, professional website contact us at Brave River Solutions – our team of in-house website designers and web developers can build or modify any website to suit your personal needs. Interested in web design? Check out our post on UX vs UI Design to learn more!

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