What are the goals you wish to achieve with your new website?
It is a good idea to have your website goals written down, so you can clearly express your goals to potential website designers. This will help the website designer get a clear understanding of exactly what you expect.

Here are a few questions that will help you get started.

  • What do you wish to achieve with your new website?
  • How will you determine if the website design project was a success?

What is the budget for your project?
It’s always a good idea to know your budget before talking to potential website designers. This will help the website designer determine if you are a good fit for their business and it will save you time by weeding out website designers that are not in your budget.

Do you have a date when the project must be finished? Having a date when the project must be finished will help the website designer determine if they have time and resources available for your project. An honest website designer will pass on a project that has an unattainable timeline. Keep in mind, the date is highly dependent on how fast the client approves the different phases of the project and the amount of revisions required.

What type of initial search engine optimization (SEO) will be included in your new website. Do you expect the initial description meta tags to be optimized? Will the image alt tags be optimized for the best search engine rankings. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can be done as an add on service, and is usually an ongoing investment. Even with an ongoing search engine optimization (SEO) plan there are optimizations that can and should be done before the website actually goes live. Make sure any initial SEO optimizations that will be done is clearly written into the contract. Nobody can guarantee that you will rank number one on Google! Any company that gives you this guarantee is not being honest.

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