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Take a free initial consultation with me at your computer, during which time, using live examples on the internet, I will demonstrate exactly what is needed for your website to be successful. I will show you exactly what I am able to offer you through my personalised service and I will explain why I take many extra steps to ensure that your website is designed, registered and optimised down to the smallest detail.

How Do I find a Good Website Designer?

Your website will be the most important advertising tool of your business and a large proportion of your advertising budget will be allocated to this. Therefore, you should at least do some initial research and visit several websites before making your decision as there will be a number of essential questions you need to ask yourself and your web designer.

A good website designer or developer will not offer to create you a cheap website but he/she will listen to your needs, offer expert advice and recommendations and will work with you, rather than for you, through every step of the process.

Do they have a good portfolio?

Visiting the home page of web designers or spotting a good ad in the local paper does not give a full picture of the website designers level of expertise. A huge portfolio does not neccessarily mean the web designer is good. Likewise, a small portfolio does not mean the web designer is bad. I recommend visiting the actual websites in the designer's portfolio and checking them out.

• Are their clients websites as good as their own?
• Are their websites varied and do they reflect the businesses for which they were created?
• Are they all very similar or obviously template based?
• Are their websites logical, informative, user-friendly and easy to navigate?
• Do slideshows run-smoothly and do all their page links and outside links work?
• Do you return to the main website when you click out of an outside link?

Once you have narrowed your choice of website designer down there are a couple more important questions to ask of the designer him/herself....

What optimisation techniques do they use?

A good website designer will not focus solely on google and will not be afraid of telling you what search engine optimisation techniques he or she uses to ensure that your website is search engine friendly and this should include meta-tags, titles, keywords, content, links and media files. If you have a french website do they optimise the french web pages separately ?At Sites Web all my websites are fully optimised for all major search engines down to the smallest detail. French websites and web pages are optimised separately for the french search engines.

What tests do they employ for their websites?

The huge variations in hardware and screen resolutions available, (PCs and Macs, I-Pods, notebooks, mobiles, desktops, laptops, etc) the number of browsers and the variations in algorithms used by the different search engines all need to be taken into consideration and your website tested for compatibility. Test should also be carried out on all the pages to make sure all the code is W3C compliant. Website designed by Sites Web South West undergo several code verification, optimisation and cross-browser compatibility tests.

What website maintenance service do they offer?

Depending on individual client requirements and knowledge, the after-care service and website maintenance needed will vary greatly from website to website. Therefore, it is a good idea to determine beforehand how much time you have spare and how much control you want over your website. It is important to make sure that your website designer provides and good level of website maintenance and is available to do any testing, make any changes that you require and easily resolve any problems or technical issues. I can tailor your ongoing maintenance and after-care to suit your needs from simple online website maintenance training, to full maintenance contracts.

If you would like a free consultation regarding any element of website design or a free SEO analysis of your current website or if you just have a question or would like to leave some feedback please do not hesitate to   e-mail me    comment on my blog   or give me a ring on 0555 09 13 95.