Finding a Good Web Designer

The Internet is more popular than ever and any business that is not online is losing out to its competitors. With many businesses and individuals now being aware of the tremendous power of the Internet, it has become very important for them to find a suitable web designer to carry out their project.

Unfortunately, the success of the Internet has also given the opportunity for unqualified and unprofessional web designers to market their services making it very difficult for clients to determine to best web designer for them. If your web site is made by a bad web designer, it can have a detrimental effect on your business and cost you dearly!

What Makes a Bad Web Designer?

Bad web designers are everywhere and they are able to dupe clients into giving them their business because most clients don’t know the difference between a good designer and a bad one. Even directories of ‘approved’ web designers found on the Internet return nothing but incompetent web design ‘wannabies’ whom given half the chance will provide you with a website that will make your competitors very happy indeed. Here are the main things that indicate a bad web designer:

  • Lots of animated gifs on their pages
  • Overuse of Flash and JavaScript
  • Unflattering/ clashing colours
  • Badly written content
  • A table based layout
  • Shoddy graphics
  • No mention of web standards or accessibility
  • A website that does not validate at http://validator.w3.org

What Makes a Good Designer?

Now you know the danger signs when you’re looking at the website of a designer you are considering. Here is a list of factors that indicate the designer may be worthy of you time:

  • A well chosen, attractive colour scheme
  • A clean, crisp, easy to navigate layout
  • A CSS based layout
  • Mentioning web standards and accessibility
  • Well written, clear and concise content
  • A web site that validates at http://validator.w3.org

As well as the factors listed here, the designer should maintain good communication with the client at all times. They should treat the project as if it is their own and endeavour to surpass all of the client’s expectations.