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Choosing an Online Website Builder

There are so many website builders out there today that it can be rather difficult to choose the best one for your website. However, there are some key factors that you should look at when choosing an online builder. These key elements are important for building and maintaining a professional website.

The first thing you want to look for in an online website builder is ease of use. Not all web builders are easy to use. In fact, some of them can be rather complicated. The site builder should have an easy to use point and click interface. In addition, it should have a WYSWYG editor that allows you to make changes to the code if you are so inclined.

The next thing you want to look for in an online builder is hosting. Generally a website builder will have various hosting packages based on your use, the number of pages of your site, and features that you want to include in your site. These web builders can look like a good deal until you start adding all of these elements, then they can get very expensive. However, some website builders have only one package that includes all features of the online site builder as well as a good hosting package for a very reasonable rate. These are the types of site builders you should be looking for.

In addition, you should be looking at the features that are available with a builder. Some site builders are very simple and do not have advanced features such as shopping carts and contact forms. However, other site builders have a great many features, including widgets that allow you to embed videos and other documents into your site. You may be thinking that the more features that you have for your site the more expensive the online website builder will be, but that is not always the case. You can find the occasional feature rich site builder that is available for a very reasonable monthly subscription.

Finally, when choosing an online site builder you want to be certain that the service is reliable and that you do not have to worry about the service being discontinued during your use of it. The service should be one that is well established, and is stable. It should have few technical problems in both the builder and the hosting that it offers. This way you can be certain that you will not lose your website or that your website will not have problems for your site visitors. This is of the utmost importance. Many site builders are available today that are brand new and not established, and could very easily be gone in a year or less. However, other site builders were around for decades and simply went under because they did not stay up to date on their software and could not compete. Find an online website builder that is well established and uses the best and newest technology to make sure that you do not have to worry about these issues.

Deadlines and Time Frames – Managing Freelance Web Design Projects

Today I want to talk about a very important issue that goes hand in hand with being a freelance web designer – and that is the issue of setting and staying within time frames. There are a lot of questions and scenarios that should be addressed and that you must be prepared to deal with as a freelance web designer – what are time frames and why do you need one? How do you decide on the time frame for a project? What if completion of the project runs late because of the client’s lack of compliance? How do you budget for this? How do you write this into the contract? Estimating and dealing with time frames is definitely not one of my favorite parts of web design, but it is still important to know how to. I think that being prepared to set up and stick to time frames will save you head aches and stress down the road. Ready to jump in? Let’s get started!

What is a time frame and why do you need one? Every time you start a new project, it is best for both you and for the client to specify and agree on a time frame. This gives the client a good idea of when they can expect to see the completed project, and it gives you a good idea of how much work you will most likely put into the project each day or each week. It allows you to decide whether you will need to devote all of your working hours to this one project in order to get it done on time, or if you will have enough time to take on another project or two and still have them all completed within their individual time frames.

How do you decide on the timeframe? Before you ever start writing the contract, I would make sure that you talk to the client and find out as much as you can about their project. Make sure that the time frame is discussed – when does the client want the project completed? When does the client absolutely have to have the project completed? After discussing the project with the client, I sit down and look over the notes that I took while we were talking. I write out every step of the project that will need to be done, and then I write down how much time I think it will take me to do each one. I always make sure to overestimate a little bit to give myself some leeway in case things don’t go as planned. I write out the time I am allotting for each step in hours, and then I add up the total hours I think the project will take. Then I take the total time that I think the project will take and compare it to the time frame that the client would like to see or expects to see. This helps me to know how many hours a day I will have to put in for the project – for instance, if I think the project is going to take 100 hours, and the client needs the project finished in three weeks (21 days), then I know that I must put in at least 6 hours a day on this one project to finish it within 17 or 18 days, which gives me 3-4 days of extra time in case I need it. So, as you can see, estimating the time frame for a project is as much for you, the designer, as it is for the client. If the client needed the project completed in two weeks, you could either tell them that that is not possible and you will need another week, or you could put in 7-8 hours a day to have the project completed on time. Knowing how many hours you will be devoting to each project per day is very useful so you can decide how many projects you will be able to work on at once. If you are taking on a project that is only going to require 2-3 hours a day to have it done in time, you could consider taking on another project or two.

How do you write the time frame into your contract? How you include the time frame into your contract is up to you and may depend on the project at hand – you could set a particular day for the deadline, or you could specify the number of weeks you think it will take, or the number of months, etc. You can be as vague or as particular as you want, but I would recommend that you include at least these three things:

the estimated time frame that you think you will have the project completed in
the parameters of the time frame (i.e. is the client responsible for sending you the images you need for the site by a certain week in order to have it done in time?)
the consequences for going over the time frame (i.e. if the client does not provide the content you need in time to finish the project on time, then you are not required to have the project completed by the stated date)

What if you can’t meet the time frame?

Let’s say you agreed to have the project finished and turned over to the client by a certain day. If you are a week or two out and you can already tell that there is no way you will have it done in time, make sure that you inform the client as soon as you realize this rather than still trying to get it done and having to tell them on the day before it is due that it is going to take you another week to finish. It is a good idea to outline in your contract what happens if you are unable to have project completed on time. You also need to make sure that you specify in the contract how many changes to the site you will make at the client’s request and how that is going to affect the deadline. For instance, you could add in your contract that the client is allowed to request up to two major changes after they have approved the initial mock up of the site but that the deadline for completion of the project may have to be re-estimated.

How to budget around time frames? This is where knowing how many hours (approximately) that you will be putting into each project comes in handy. When I estimate the cost of a project, I keep in mind the number of hours I expect to put in and use that as a starting guideline for the price of the project. However, you also must decide on what it will cost you and/or the client if the project goes beyond the estimated time frame. If the project runs late because the client hasn’t sent you all of the material you needed to get it done, will you charge the client extra? How much? Will you set a secondary deadline that the client MUST have the materials to you by or else the project is handed over as is? What if the project runs late because you underestimated how much time each step would take? Will you refund the client for part of the cost of the project? These are all things that you must be prepared to have an answer and a solution for should the situation arise, and you should most likely include all of this in your contracts.

When to Turn a Web Design Project Or Client Down and How to Do It

Today I want to cover a very important issue that you should be prepared to deal with as a freelance web designer – and that is knowing when you should decline or turn down a certain client or project, and how to do so professionally and in a way that leaves a good (yes, its possible!) impression on the client.

Which Clients or Projects You Need to Say ‘No’ To
There are a two main reasons that would make me (and hopefully you!) consider turning down a potential client. I am sure that we each have our own particular reasons that would make us not take on a certain project – so leave a comment below and let us know what your ‘red flags’ are!

1) The client’s budget is much much smaller than you would ever consider designing the site for. You’re not running a charity here! And I say this from experience – one time, I did lower my price to match the client’s budget, and in the end, it was not worth it – it would have been better for both me and the client to have not taken on that particular project! Stick to your price range and don’t lower your prices just to get a project. (Of course, this is assuming you are worth what you are charging! If you are just starting out and you are trying to charge the same price that well-established and popular designers are charging – good luck! Just want to warn you that you just might possibly have trouble finding clients…maybe not! but you can’t say I didn’t warn you…

2) After sitting down with the client, you can tell already that you and they will not work well together (something we discussed in Two Types of Clients You Deal With As A Freelance Web Designer). If you get the sense after just one or two conversations that you and this client would be butting heads the entire time and that this could turn into a very difficult project, you have to decide whether its worth it to you or not. Personally, I would rather do a smaller, less lucrative project for a client that I work well with than a more profitable project for a client that I dread talking to – but that’s just personal preference and it’s something you will have to decide for yourself.

How to Turn Down a Project or Client Safely Without Hurting Your Reputation
Refer them to someone else! If you cannot or will not take on the project for any of the reasons listed above, you have an easy way to get out of it – and that is by referring them to someone else. You can use whatever reason you need to – “this other designer has more experience designing websites in that particular field”, “that designer can help you get up and running for much cheaper than I would be able to”, etc., etc. This makes you look generous (not taking all the business!) and it doesn’t leave the client hanging. It is a win-win solution.

Worst Case Scenario: You Decide to Drop a Client Halfway Through the Project!
As the heading states – this is definitely one of the worst case scenarios as a freelance web designer. Dropping a project halfway through it is a risky decision – your reputation as a designer may be on the line if you don’t handle this well. I am sure some designers might even argue that you should never quit a project halfway through. Personally, I never have stopped work on a project that wasn’t complete, but I do think that in certain situations you might have to. There are the two situations that would make me consider abandoning a project. (Note: Most, if not all, of these situations, should be addressed in your contract, so that the client is aware ahead of time what will happen should these situations arise!).

1) The client is not making payments on time or anywhere near on time. If you get tired of being held up and slowed down because the client hasn’t paid on time or at all, or if you start to wonder if they are ever going to have the money to pay you – I think that is one of the times when you consider dropping the project where its at. I have never had to do this myself, so I am speaking theoretically here. But I think that you should make sure your contract outlines when you would have the right to stop a project – one of which is if payments are not being made within, say, two months of the time when they were due. Needless to say – if you kept going with a project like this, it is probably going to be stop and go the whole way. Let’s say that the client pays you your upfront fee and you start working, working, working (since you are trying to get the project completed within the set time frame – as we talked about in Deadlines and Time Frames – Managing Freelance Web Design Projects) and then it comes time for the second installment of payment and it never comes. So you wait, and you wait, and you wait, and now its been four weeks that the project has been at a standstill. Obviously – this is really really bad for your business! You really can’t take on another project at this time, since the client might pay you tomorrow so work can resume and then you’d be overbooked! So, as a designer, I think you should make sure it is very clear in your contract the conditions under which a project will be abandoned. If it comes down to that, I would say that you can simply hand over the project as is – if they have paid for the amount of work that’s been done! If they haven’t, then I would hand over the part that IS paid for and tell them they can have the rest if and when they pay for it. You could always resume the project later on down the road if you wanted to, but it would be taken on as a completely new project with a new contract and proposal.

2) An even more controversial reason for abandoning a project is because you are having trouble working with the client. Then what? This scenario is extremely hard to end well. That is why you should try to screen clients as much as you can before you take on the project to make sure that the two of you are a good fit. But sometimes you get blindsided and you really didn’t see how difficult working with this client was going to be. I think in many, if not most, cases that you will simply have to stick with it and finish the project as best you can and try not to make the same mistake again! However, if you really don’t think that the project is going well, and both you and the client are not very happy – then you may be able to get out of the project by referring the client to another designer. Of course, you will need the client’s permission to do this, and you will both have to agree on the terms – who owes who money, etc. This is another situation I have never been in personally, so I am interested to hear from those of you who have dealt with this. How did you and the client resolve the situation?

Website Builders – How to Choose the Best One For Your Small Business Success

You can personally build a website for your business without needing to learn how to program or train as a website designer. Fortunately, you don’t need to despair if you don’t have several hundred dollars to spend on developing a website as there are many programs and online resources available that will cost you a minimal amount to get up and running.

The dilemma is that there are so many programs including the cheap, the free and the expensive – that it has become difficult to choose which option to use to build your own business website.

1) Free Website Builders

You may be wondering where on earth you can get a website builder for free? The answer is simple; from a website host. Many or indeed most website hosting companies will give you access to a free website builder as a free resource along with the hosting package.

Unfortunately, as in life generally, things you get for free tend to come with some disadvantages.

In the first place, in most cases the free programs have limitations – one of which is likely to be that you are only permitted to build a few pages. If you want any more, you often have to upgrade to a paid version of the website builder.

Next, most of these programs while quite easy to use tend to produce very basic websites which may not be anywhere near the standard of your competitors professionally constructed websites.

Apart from these factors, web hosts website builders tend to in my opinion lack flexibility so that as your business grows and you want to add features such as polls or forms to gather information or add a video or sound media or even adverts, you may find these features are lacking and impossible to add.

Lastly, how about if you want to move your website to a new host – Sorry, a website hosts website builder is likely to be so knitted into the system it is impossible to move. You may need to start from scratch on a new website host.

2) Software Based Website Builders

In this scenario, you simply purchase your website builder from a company and download the software or you pop into a shop and buy it as a CD or DVD package. Then you follow the instructions and carry out a simple installation. Next, you allow the built in wizard software to lead you through various choices such as which design template and features to use etc., add your content and then upload your website onto your webspace on the Internet.

To successfully apply this method you will need a bit more technical knowledge than the other options as you will need to ensure that the package you have is compatible with your computer, select compatible website hosting and make sure you understand how to transfer files from your software and computer to your website hosting package.

Some of the downloadable packages come with free trials so you may be able to test the software and see if the designs are good enough and the processes are easy enough for you to work with.

Most of the time these software programs are much more advanced and provide better, more modern resources than the free hosted packages. One major advantage is that in most cases, you only need to pay once so your only further expense is your monthly website hosting.

Another advantage is that since the software is on your computer you can load your website to any web host you want and therefore can move to a new host easily and quickly whenever you want to.

3) Internet Hosted Website Builders

Online website builders are hosted on the Internet by a dedicated website builder provider company. They can be much easier to use as you don’t have to download or install the software. Rather, once you pay your fee (in most cases monthly) you are given a user name and password with which you access your web space any time you want to modify your website.

Often these programs have a free trial period as well. In some cases hosting is free unless you want extra services such as a dedicated website domain or more features.

Another advantage is that unlike the software packages, you benefit from any upgrades and extra features are added on automatically.

These programs tend to be quite easy and rapid to use and full featured. They often come with a demonstration or wizard to walk you through the whole process of creating your website.

Factors you should consider when choosing a website builder:

Clear instructions – You should either be provided with clear Step-by-Step Instructions or a video which shows you exactly what to do and how to build your website.
Designs – Before you pay make sure you check the quality of the templates they provide or if they showcase their clients go and have a look at their actual websites.
Resources – What kind of resources are they providing you? Think forward. What do you think you may need to add to your website in future – video, music, flash animation, adverts, forms, polls, downloads? Find out if the service or software provides these resources
Support – What kind of support facilities are provided? How do you contact them if you get stuck or your site is down? Don’t wait till you have a problem, find out before you sign up or buy.
Domain / Website Hosting – Will these facilities allow you to buy your own domain name or transfer it to other website hosting if and when you need to.
E-Commerce – Will these services allow you to turn your website into a shop when and if you need to. Will they accept PayPal or do they provide a shopping cart. What about security if you want people to pay you online? Are secure facilities available to you?
Free Trial – Can you start with a free trial – look for at least a 30 day website trial before you start so you can test the services thoroughly.
Ease of use – Don’t persist with a website builder that is proving difficult to use or does not work properly during your free trial. Your website builder should be easy to use and understand. If it is not, you will most likely get more and more frustrated as time goes by and stop updating your site when you ought to be updating it regularly.
Payments – Make sure you read their terms and conditions properly. How often do you have to pay and how much? Which facilities cost extra. Note that over time, a hosted solution could possibly cost you more in the long term than a professionally built website . If you are on a hosted website builder solution, check how much you would need to pay for hosting only at a dedicated website host.
Optimisation – Are you being offered any optimisation, website marketing facilities or website traffic building facilities – if so make sure these are for free or determine whether and how much you are willing to pay for them.

Finally, take a good look at the services and facilities your website builder is offering you in light of your business model and services. If you think a website builder will provide you with value for money or really help you save money in the short term then using one could really help you build your business.

The best website builder to choose will depend on whether you are technically advanced or a novice when it comes to computers. Other considerations are which features you need, future goals and how speedily you require your website to be built. If you take all these factors into consideration, you will be able to build the best possible website for your business.

Free Online Website Builders – 3 Reasons Not to Use Them

Having a website these days is practically a necessity. If you have a business and you don’t have a website you are missing out on the potential to greatly grow your business as well as to keep your current customers happy and up to date with what you’ve got going on. If you are like many people, though, the thought of building a website by yourself makes you cringe and you may not have the budget to hire an expensive web designer.

One option to quickly get a website up is to use an online website builder. Using an online website builder, you don’t need to know any HTML and you don’t need to pay thousands of dollars for a web designer to custom build your site for you. Not only that, but you can update your site yourself easily so you don’t have to call someone to do it for you when you need a change made.

There are quite a few free online website builders available today; however many of them are not all they are cracked up to be. As I am sure you are aware, nothing in life is truly free, and if you choose to use a free online website builder you may wind up regretting it in the future. Here are 3 things you need to keep in mind before deciding to use a free online website builder to create your own website.

1. Make Sure You Won’t Lose Your Files

Many free online website builders sound like a great option until you read the fine print. Often times, a free online website builder will require you to use their web hosting in order to use their builder. Then, if you decide at any time in the future that you want to move your site and change how you do things they don’t allow you to take your files with you. Often times the files are coded so they will only work with their hosting, which locks you in and makes it impossible to leave without losing all the work you have put into your site. Be sure to read everything in the fine print before signing up with a free online website builder so that you don’t wind up losing your files.

2. Make Sure You Don’t Have to Display Ads

A lot of free online website builders make their money by displaying their ads on your website. Even if it doesn’t matter to you from an aesthetic standpoint, there are other reasons that this should worry you. First off, the ads that are placed on your site are sometimes intrusive and include annoying things like pop-ups or pop-unders. These types of ads tend to drive people away from your website and can irritate your visitors. The last thing you want to do is to drive your customers away! Second, even if the ads are not intrusive, you still risk having your customers click away from your site on one of the ads, which doesn’t benefit you in any way. Research your free online website builder before signing up to make sure that you will not be required to run their advertising on your website.

3. Make Sure the Search Engines Can Find You

While free online site builders may be easy for you to use, often times they have problems that you can’t see. Many free online site builders create code that the search engines can’t read. That means that the search engines won’t be able to find your website and they will not list your site in your index. If the search engines haven’t indexed your site, then people simply aren’t going to be able to find you unless they know the address of your website. This is a major problem and it is something that can be easy to overlook since when you use a free online website builder you don’t generally see the code that is created for your page.

While free online website builders may initially seem like a good idea, when you take a closer look at them they actually can wind up costing you dearly in lost time and lost customers. Even if you have a very small budget, in almost every case it is smarter to skip choosing a free online website builder and choose an option with a low monthly fee instead. The benefit to you is that you have more control over your files, you don’t have to display someone else’s ads on your website which can lead to lost visitors and lost revenue, and you can easily be found by the search engines and increase your customer base significantly.

Tips for Choosing a Quality Website Builder

Today you will find that there are many different website builders available. A quick search in popular search engines will quickly show you how many different options are available. Of course, since there are so many options, sometimes it can be tough to figure out which builder will work best for your website. Here are a few tips you can use to ensure you choose a quality website builder so you can build a top quality website.

Tip #1 – Ensure It’s Easy to Use

First, when you are choosing a website builder, make sure that it is easy to use. It used to be thought that building a new website was extremely difficult. However, it doesn’t have to be today. Quality builders can make this task easy and inexpensive for you. Look for a good builder that will make it extremely easy for you to build and design the website you want.

Tip #2 – Pay Just Once

Another important tip is to make sure that you choose a quality website builder that only requires you to pay once. This way you are able to update your website whenever needed without having to pay more money. Some options require that you pay a monthly fee and this can get expensive.

Tip #3 – Take a Look at the Features

You’ll also need to take a look at the features of the website builder you are considering. Different builders offer different widgets that can help you quickly create great features for your site, such as a video player, photo galleries and more.

Tip #4 – Host Compatibility

There are many website builders out there that force you to store your files on the web. This means that if you want to go with a different host, you’ll lose the website that you worked so hard on. Going with an offline builder will allow you to easily make sure your site is compatible with a variety of web hosts, which makes it easier for you.

Tip #5 – Many Templates

It’s a good idea to look for a website builder that has a variety of different templates you can choose for your website. This allows you to focus on other important aspects of your site instead of trying to design the entire layout on your own. There are many templates available with the top website builder companies in a variety of different categories.

Tip #6 – Check Into Technical Support

It is definitely important that you have good technical support when you are choosing your website builder. Make sure you can get support fast, whether by live chat, email, or on the phone. You may even want to check out their support system to ensure you get the support needed if something happens to your website.

While there are many choices available among various website builders, these tips can help you to make a good decision. Consider all of these tips and then make an informed decision that will help you ensure you build a top website.

Using Easy and Affordable Online Website Builder

Over the years, the internet has proven to be an effective solution that transforms the way we do business. It doesn’t matter if you are selling a product or a service. The Internet can help you in reaching markets that had otherwise been unreachable in the past.

Before, many businesses especially start ups as well as small to mid size businesses, having a website that includes the usual E-commerce capabilities is just not in their budget.

Constructing merchant accounts and secure servers can get quite costly. Building a website may also mean encountering errors and severe time consumptions. Which is why, you must hire or use an online website builder. But what is an online website builder? Is there any affordable online website builder out there?

Well, an online website builder is an organization or software that can help you build your own web sites. It is also true that you can find a lot of online website builders, which offers affordable prices for guiding you in building your own website.

An affordable online website builder can guide you step-by-step through every aspect of setting up your own web site. One good thing about an affordable online website builder is that it guides your imagination and creativity without making you expenses higher.

It may sound impossible, but you may find an affordable online website builder that can help you create your own web site within minutes. It can also help you create professionally designed web sites that can astound your potential customers or web surfers.

An online website builder can also help you in controlling how each page is laid out and what elements on it look like. An online website builder can provide its users with options about color scheme, page layout, kinds of pages you want. They can give you with different codes that will help you make your web pages snappier or more captivating.

You can also use an online website builder without any time-consuming classes. With the help of an affordable online website builder you can create a website even if you don’t have any knowledge about HTML. You can create websites without programming skills and web site designing skills.

An online website builder can provide you with graphic design and website building solutions to improve the capabilities of your sites. You pick the look you want and the features you want; pick some pictures, write some text, and that’s it.

If you are building an e commerce website, an online website builder can also help you automate billing, invoice handling, accounting, and report generation tools to make your web sites easier to manage and handle sales.

An online website builder usually has options that can help you in expanding your web site and present a business-like appearance to your potential clients.

These affordable online website builder options usually include shopping cart, ecommerce, secure server certificates, business email, and subscriber management.

It’s a good thing that the Internet offers easy ways of finding an affordable online website builder. All you have to do is to use a reliable online search engine and put the word “web site builder”, then presto, you’ll have a wide list of online website builders. With all these, what can you ask for? Go ahead and build yourself a website.

Choose a Website Builder With Clean Code

Using a website builder to create websites is a great way to make a professional looking website without needing to know HTML. Did you know, though, that many website builders can actually hurt your chances of getting your website discovered by the search engines? It is important to choose a website builder with clean code in order to increase your likelihood of being found and listed by the search engines – otherwise you are not going to get natural traffic to your site.

Many of the website builders on the market – including both free and paid website builders – create code that the search engine spiders and robots don’t like and can’t understand. Even if you have spent hours working on your text and building your website to be optimized in every other way, if your code isn’t clean the search engines either won’t index you or they will index you much further down in the list. The code of your website can make the difference between being listed in the #1 position or the #17 position – or it could make it so you are not listed at all.

Getting a high listing in the search engines is very important since it means that you will be able to get more natural traffic to your website. If you choose the wrong website builder to create your site you could be losing serious amounts of traffic, and as a result you could also be losing many sales or customers.

There are very few website builders on the market that create clean, search-engine friendly code. The sad part is that because website builders are usually used by people who are not too experienced with HTML, most people never know that their website builder is hurting their chances of being listed by the search engines because of the code that it is creating for their page.

When you choose a website builder you need to take the time to figure out whether or not it produces clean code before you sign up. This can be difficult if you don’t know anything about HTML code and don’t know what to look for. A good way to find out whether or not the website builder you are interested in creates clean code is to visit forums or message boards and either find old posts related to the website builder in question, or make a post of your own asking others if they have any experience with a particular website builder. People are usually more than willing to help and will be happy to let you know if a website builder creates clean code or not.

By taking the time to find out in advance if your website builder creates clean code you will be saving yourself from many headaches in the long run and increasing your chances of having a successful website.

Vital Questions Before Taking Up a Web Design Project

There is no better way than asking questions to clarify what your customers or clients want. This principle is very much apt when you offer website designing services. The answers to different questions are the best way to strengthen the professional relationship between the web designer and his/her client. There are different questions for different stages of web designing especially before and after the web design work is completed.

Some of the questions that need to be asked by the web designer before taking up the website designing project should be related to the following aspects.

Type of business

If the web designer does not know the clients business, how will the web designer know what is to be offered for sale through the website or the objective of the website? The designer should ask, “What type of business do you do?” The response to this question will help the web designer to decide the purpose, the structure and the layout of the website.


The website designer should know the current reputation of the business. The designer should ask, “What is the reputation of your services or products in the market?” If the reputation of the business is negative then the designer needs to present the website in such way that the reputation changes towards positive. If the business is reputed for quality and time delivery of the service it should be highlighted in the website.

Liking of the customer

Some of the customers like to interact in one particular language. There are customers would not like to interact in no other language than the language of their choice. The designer should ask, “What does your prospective customer like?” The logo, visual content and the color scheme should be liked by the prospective customer.

Targeted Market Segment

The targeted market segment or audience has a direct effect on the text and visual content of the website. For this the designer should ask the question, “What is your targeted market segment or audience?” It is possible that the business may want to capture the niche market or like to increase its clientele.


A website needs to be designed in such a way that the competition remains at bay. The designer should ask, “Who are your competitors and what is the difference between you and them?” to the business owner. This will let the designer know how to make the website design unique and appealing.

Frequency of updating the website

The designer should try to know the frequency of updating the content of the website. If the frequency is very high then it can have a negative effect on the prospective buyers.

Terms and Conditions of Payment

The terms and conditions of payment should be clarified before taking the web design project is taken at hand so that there is no misunderstanding in the future.

Tips on Choosing the Best Website Builder for You

Designing your own website is easier today since developers have introduced the Content Management System (CMS) platform that allows you to do it yourself. Programs built under CMS are designed to have a straightforward workflow and a user-friendly interface. Most website builders launched nowadays even include drag-and-drop features wherein all design tools are laid in one screen for easy navigation and instant preview of work done.

With a long list of web builders available, there is actually no one perfect website builder recommended by the experts. Each has its own feature, benefits and added services offered along with its own drawbacks. Following are some tips that shall help you choose the web builder right for your needs.

Choose What You Can Understand
Web builders under the CMS platform often do not require the technical knowledge for using it to create a website. Gone are those days when you had to carry a reference book for all the necessary codes or worse memorize them just to achieve the desired design. Web builders under the CMS platform are easier to use, and by simply reading the instructions or going through the tutorial, you can accomplish the task. Watching demo videos of the website builder are also a tremendous help in your quest for being the next website designer. It is best to choose a builder with 24X7 technical support that is easily accessible to keep handy just when you need help with anything.

Choose What Can Help You
Whether you’re designing your own blog site or you’re tasked to make the company’s website, it is best if you have a quick walkthrough on the features and services offered by the web builder. 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Choose the web builder that can help you achieve a functional website in no time. This is specifically recommended for those who have time constraints in terms of launching a website. Help with SEO friendly content writing is also offered by some website builders. This can facilitate the building and hosting process for you.

Most web builders offer quick launch of the website in varying subscriptions plans or even for free. After you go through the program workflow, you can then choose the hosting service that would suit your budget. Some would go for free hosting service which often includes a sub-domain to have your site up and running in the Internet world. Some builder programs even offer monthly or yearly subscription plans for users to have a unique domain as well as the significant hosting services necessary for a safe and secured website.

Choose What You Can Afford
Choose the builder that offers maximum quality services even if you are under the free subscription. There are several web builders that offer over-the-top service pricing. Take for example some design templates that need to be paid for before you can access the premium designs, whereas some builders offers access to thousands of designs for free. When choosing the website builder, it is necessary to explore the features and services beforehand to ensure that there are minimum limitations when you start designing your site.

Choose Only the Best
Customer reviews are a rich source of information on first hand customer experience you are likely to expect from the builder. It is advisable to read some rave reviews about the service quality of the web builder you choose to go with. It is also helpful to get a quick background on the program provider and assess their credentials.

Designing your own website is more economical than hiring a professional to do it for you. By following the tips, you can decide on an easy and economical builder to create a professional looking website in no time.