Picking The Right Web Design Agency
At Hampshire IT Solutions (HITS) we have collated some questions that we feel are a ‘must ask’ when speaking with any web design agency. Choosing the right web design agency for your company’s project is vital. With so many agencies appearing all the time it is crucial to pick one that can help you with your exact needs and provide a stable foundation on which your company can grow.
1. Build Costs & Future Costings
It is important to find out how much your new website is going to cost not only to build and develop but also on an ongoing basis once it is up and running. What future costs will be incurred, such as website updates, hosting renewals, domain renewals along with SEO updates? A lot of agencies do not inform clients about these hidden costs which can quickly add up! We make sure that we are clear and upfront if there are any costs right from the start – from design and build through to launch and beyond.
2. Security & Hosting
The next important question to ask is about website hosting – Is the hosting fast? Is it up to date? Is it secure? What backups are in place in a worst-case scenario? As an agency what was your website downtime in the last 12 months? All of these questions should be easily answerable for any experienced and good agency. We would also recommend bringing up the question of website security. A lot of our new clients come to us because they have experienced security issues with their previous web agencies. These security mistakes had led to their sites becoming broken, infected or even hacked.
3. Website Platform Updates
Another important question to ask is about website update frequency. Most website agencies these days use a CMS (Content Management Systems) such as WordPress, Shopify or Joomla. These are being constantly developed and have frequent updates. These updates affect everything from security to SEO. However many agencies don’t regularly roll out these updates to their existing clients during the year. We apply any new updates for our ongoing clients CMS on a weekly basis, at no extra cost, as standard, throughout the year.
4. SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
SEO requirements are changing all the time. Your site should be updated regularly to meet these ever-changing requirements. Failure to comply with SEO changes or requirements could result in your site losing ranks and positioning on Google. We recommend our clients’ websites have a full review every 3 months to ensure that they are meeting Googles strict SEO requirements.
An important question to ask is around website ownership. Who owns the code, content and design? What happens if you wish to transfer your site to another host will you be able to do this? We design and build sites to make you and your business look and work as efficiently and effectively as possible. We provide you with the means to make this happen and your branding, design and content always belong to you.
If you would like to find out more and get a full understanding about our best-in-class practices and how we work closely with our clients on these essential questions please feel free to get in touch.
HITS – A Creative Web Design Agency based in Hampshire
Established in 2010, HITS works with a broad range of dynamic local and regional businesses. We have extensive experience in Website Design, Ecommerce, Graphic Design and SEO Services. We’re all about providing creative solutions that give small and medium-sized companies the chance to become big companies. As our clients grow, we grow. We love what we do and we couldn’t consider doing anything else.
If you would like to find out more then please contact us on 01264 316141 or via email at email@example.com