Instructing your choosen web designer

Like any project the more detail you can give your developer; the clearer vision you have and importantly, are able to portray to the designer, the more successful your website is likely to be and the more comfortable you are going to be with the results when the site is launched.

Where do I start?

We apologise if some of this seems really basic, but you can skip a paragraph if needs be.

When we asked a number of developers about these early stages of a project a common comment made by them was that clients who didn’t have a website address (www.yourcompanyname.co.uk) correctly called domain name, often underestimated the time it took to select an appropriate one, so our advice is to register a domain (you can’t buy one only register it for a fixed period of time) before you commission your website, then go to the first meeting with the domain registration detail which will be e-mailed to you upon registration.

Our article on choosing a domain name will be of great help here.

Now you’ve registered your domain we suggest giving thought to the following question will prepared you for your first meeting with your chosen developers and collating all you have of the items on the “other useful items” list will do nothing but help speed the process.

Click here to download “Preparing for your first meeting” in PDF format which can be printed off for your completion.

Other Questions your developer may (and probably should) ask:

  • What purpose do you envisage your website will serve?
  • What is the website to do?
  • How will you measure this project as a success?
  • Are there areas that you would prefer to have control over (content management) – news feeds etc?

Other useful items to take with you for corporate development:

  • Soft copy of your company logo
  • Specification of your corporate colours (RAL number)
  • Current brochures or advertisements
  • Company detail
  • Important photographs of products
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  • Midland Web Design

    I think it would also be good to ask if the designer would be willing to do competitive market research 🙂

    • Ah! thanks for that – a really good point. From a personal point of view I don’t like responding to tenders and avoid them because things by the very nature of the process become price driven, but you are right that, that is the path others choose to follow and its certainly a thought that should be included.
      Thankyou for the comment.