(Some) Tips When Hiring a Freelance Website Designer

(Some) Tips When Hiring a Freelance Website Designer

Even if you don’t know what you want your website to look like, come to the table with 3 websites you like. Be sure to have an idea for the text you’d like on the website, and some images that can be used. Also, have an idea for how many pages you’d like on the website. (Typical websites have a home, contact, about and services page.)

Web Design Process

I feel that it’s important to outline the steps of a healthy web design process. Just like like with any services, a customer expects a transparent set of steps to outline their project. I’ve included my web design steps in this blog, a you can check my web design portfolio to see what those sites transpired to be for my customers.

Take a look at the web design options offered and contact me to discuss what can be done to refresh or redesign your website. I will be upfront and honest about which direction you should be done and I will do my best to work within your budget and timeline.


  • Pre-Design

Step 1: Getting To Know Your Business

The steps to making a great website start with getting to know your business.  For a designer, seeing the physical business can be of help to understand your needs and the important parts of your business.  It can also help us target specific business line-items that you want to be the focal point(s) of your website.   If your business is in Seattle, King County, Snohomish County or Thurston County, we'll be happy to meet and buy you coffee.  We understand that not all schedules can accommodate in-person meetings, so we can also arrange a phone, Skype or FaceTime meeting.  Make sure to look at our portfolio for examples of our past work 

After the details of your project are gathered, we send a quote and move to Step 2.
 

Step 2: Content Gathering & Planning

The second most important element to creating your website is the content.  To finish your project in a timely manner, we send a questionnaire for you to complete that tells us what you want in your website.  

If you haven't signed up for a monthly package with a CMS (Square Space, Wix, Wordpress, etc)  or secured a domain & website template, you'll want to take care of that first.  We are happy to help find the best plan & package for your needs! 

You'll need to gather any images, text, business logos or link-references for your new website.  Need a business logo design?  We can make one for a fee!  If you don't have your own images, we will find free stock images via Pexels or Unsplash for your website.  You can also purchase images on Shutterstock or IStockPhoto, but we recommend showcasing authentic photos of your business to build trust with your new customers. We can provide some custom HTML or CSS code, but your website will mostly be template based.  Please see your service agreement for content submission timeline requirements.  Have an old website?  Send us the link, we can repurpose content for your new website.

You'll value our customer service and response time to questions, and we want you to love your new website.  This step will be time consuming, but will ultimately help us make your website the best we can.  
 

Step 3: Service agreement

We send a service agreement for you to review, sign and send back to us along with a 50% deposit for the total project cost.
 

  • Design 

Step 1:  Project Dashboard

We start a project dashboard via Trello were you can monitor the progress of your website design & we can request documents/feedback from you.  We design a mockup of your website using the information that we've gathered before the actual designing takes place.   
 

Step 2:  Time To Design!

This is were we are heads down and working on your project.  We will update you at the intervals you need, but mostly you won't hear from us until we either have a question or are ready for the review process.  Check your Trello board for any project updates, as well as check your email for any questions we may have.
 

  • Review

Step 1:  Edits

This step requires your partnership and attention to detail.  Once we are ready to submit the first draft of your website, we send you a link or ask you to sign in and view the website.  It's important that you write back, in detail, what you want changed.  We make the edits, and ask you to review once we are finished.  Please see your service agreement for edit submission timeline and edit requirements.  We're almost finished with your brand new website!  
 

Step 2: Completion

Congratulations, your new website is finished!  Once the editing is finished, we publish the website so that it is live for new customers to find!  We submit your sitemap to Google & Bing for indexing and create a Google Business Listing for you.  

NOTE:  As per our SEO Best Practices, search engines often take time to index and display your website amount search results.  Organic traffic from new customers will still take time to find, so we suggest looking to some of out SEO Packages to help get your website found!  


Step 3: Maintenance

All of our website design packages come with 1 month of free maintenance.  We will help with any index issues, send analytics reports, provide website content updates/new content updates that you need.  After 1 month, please refer to our website design Maintenance package for pricing.

Welcome

I want to welcome you to Axess Web Design.  

I founded this company soon after completing a certification in digital marketing at the Seattle campus of General Assembly two years ago.  We recently moved/redesigned our website and decided to focus specifically on website design and search engine optimization.  

For years I’ve flirted with the online/tech world and always had a drive to work within it.  Our family grew up with computers and electronics and we had access to the web as early adopters.  I didn’t go to school for a computer science or information systems degree, but I always wanted to be a part of the tech business.  So, I left my marketing career two years ago I decided that the present was the perfect time to pivot into this world and add to my skill-sets.    

People have their specific fascinations.  My fascination has always been figuring out how things work.  (Specifically business.)  I have a curious mind and always want to learn.  When I meet people who work in different fields than me I always ask them about their business.  Sometimes they are willing to open up and other times I get a look like they think I’m grilling them for trade secrets!  Eventually they open up and I get to learn something new and fascinating.  Perhaps this curiosity is the key driver of my motivation to grow a new business.  Or perhaps, it’s because I’m never satisfied just doing one thing.  I think it's a little bit of both.     

I'll be posting to this blog on a regular basis toward the end of the holiday season.  This website is a work in progress so please check back for updates.  I hope to share insights about best practices and tips that will help your business stand out and be noticed.  I will develop and share content to help grow your business and keep you updated with the newest trends in website design and searching engine optimization.

I have a passion to help people reach their goals, which is why I started this company.  If I can help you reach your goals…then I’ve done my job. 

Kyle L.