If you are not an experienced website designer or web programmer, developing a website or Content Management System (CMS) can be a very tedious process. You need to deal with all sorts of things like HTML, Java, Flash, tables, CSS, slicing, PHP, MySQL, .NET, etc. In addition, you will want to work closely with the web programmers to ensure your objectives are met. For this reason, we strongly encourage companies to select an experienced and local design firm.
When choosing a design firm, you should also ask yourself the following questions.
1. Should I choose a local company?
A company with a local presence offers many advantages to overseas website designers. When you work with a local company, you can still manage the design and implementation process. As a result, the project will be more reflective of your needs. In addition, a local company is more likely to have a personal stake in the project’s success.
2. What do I want my website to do?
A website can do many things. Some things that are simple and inexpensive to offer include news feeds and syndication, product/service catalogs, newsletter signup forms, event calendars, discussion forums and various statistical tracking services.
3. How do I want my website / content management system to look?
If you do not have a specific design in mind, you should provide the design firm with a few sites that you like. Try to give the designer as much information as possible to facilitate the process. Once the first draft is complete, the design firm should walk you through it. Review the draft closely, point out your likes and clearly indicate your dislikes. Open communication is critical to ensure that the design and development goes smoothly.
4. Do you want to target international markets?
If your company seeks to expand into international markets, then you should consider having your website content translated into other languages.
These are few suggestions that we offer to clients who are considering the outsourcing of their website or CMS design. If you are not experienced in web design, it is better to spend your time on the things that you do best. Leave the tedious development to the professionals.
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