Look at your competitors website
Of course if you are in business you have been keeping a very close eye on your competitors, from a website point of view ask yourself if they look better than you and if so how can you change that with your new website. Do they rank higher for keywords and key search terms and ask why. These questions will help you get a better understanding of the direction you may need to go.
Get inspiration from websites outside your industry
Some industries can be very sluggish and the design styling does not change much over the years. This can present an opportunity for your new website design, so find something you like outside your industry and see if you can adapt the design style to fit well in your industry.
Compile your web design ideas
Now comes the hard part, start compiling all your website design ideas, work through a basic structure, outline your key services, your company profile, your contact details, your targeted keywords and try develop some sort of logical structure. When doing this in our web agency we draw a flow chart.This will help you visualise your ideas and tends to keep the structure neat.
Begin the process of identifying web design agencies
After compiling all your thoughts and working on a basic website structure you have given yourself a real advantage. Firstly, you are now in the driver’s seat when it comes to the direction of your website and secondly it will allow you to negotiate with the various agencies without getting confused by industry jargon. The next step is to go to Google or any other search engine you use and enter a search term like “web Designers” and include your location if you would rather deal with a local company. Identify a number of agencies you like, look at their portfolio, look at their style and make sure their work is a good match for you. Don’t forget to take your time, go a few pages deep and look at maybe 20 to 30 different agencies. Prices will vary drastically so time spent on this element could save you a lot of money.
Ask for quotations
Send an email off to the agencies you relate to and ask for a quotation. Be sure to include the main points from your research so they know you are serious about the project and sit back and wait. Withing a day or so, you should be in receipt of a number of quotations. The first thing you will notice is the discrepancy in the pricing structure. Large agencies will generally be more expensive than small ones. The main reason for this is the overhead costs. While large agencies tend to employ a specialist for each element of a website design like a designer, a developer, a content writer and a search engine optimisation professional, a small agency could be a one man band working out of a home office. Hence I would vote stick to an agency with 4 people or more who have the advantage of a melting pot of ideas and supports.