Hiring a Website Designer? Tips on Working Well Together for Success

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If you feel a bit awkward about outsourcing your web design needs to a Newport Beach company like Web Solutions Firm, don’t be. For several small businesses, it’s actually a necessity to outsource online marketing and web design tasks—people with a mix of excellent design chops and programming are very hard to come by, after all.

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This then leads you to looking for one and hiring him (and his team) eventually. There is, however, one thing you must remember: while a professional website designer in Newport Beach works according to your requests or preferences, he still has his own style and may have his own input. In that regard, you need to know how to work well together so you can set and achieve the same goals.

First and foremost, one of the main keys to making things work with a designer is to know exactly what he does. As early as your pre-selection process, try to erase those misconceptions you have about web design and understand the difference between two major terms: design and production. Designing is synonymous to conceptualization, and production is actual application of the design. You hire a designer for professional opinion in a certain area, and at the same time, you’re asking for help to tread into things you’re not too familiar with.

Next, you should also have adequate understanding of the basics. You can do your own research or ask the designer outright about the differences among different terms, say the domain name, web host, and actual website. The domain name is the web address (i.e. yoursite.com); the web host provides space to put the site in, and the website itself is the collage of all files including design elements, text, and media. Knowing about the fundamentals allows you to make educated questions and decisions about the web design process.

It also pays to realize that in web design, results are not immediate. Like anything that needs to be built from the ground up, a website requires time to construct—the more complex the design is, the longer it’ll take to build. In other words, just be patient and let the designer work within the realistic timeframe that he gave you.

Lastly, try not to hover and allow the designer some room to breathe. Think of the website designer as a surgeon: you can’t come into a surgeon’s office and direct him on how your operation should go. He can initially talk to you about it, hear out your concerns, and find ways to give you what you want, but in the end, you’ll have to trust your designer’s expertise—it’s the main reason you hired him, after all.

How To Work With A Website Designer, Huffington Post, September 15, 2011
HOW TO: Communicate Needs & Expectations to Web Designers, Mashable

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