The reasons for hiring a professional designer are the same
reasons as hiring any other professional. You want someone who
is knowledgeable in design, understands the needs of clients,
and is able to accommodate any issues that arise. As such a
professional designer can create a site that not only meets your
needs but also does so affordably.
I'll Just Get Joey From Down the Street With the advancements in
WYSIWYG editors and the multiple books on websites, HTML is
becoming a household word. Elementary schools have even started
showing students how to develop their own web page. It is no
wonder why so many people are calling themselves designers. So,
Joey from down the street might be an HTML whiz. But what are
the chances he knows how to properly create a user interface. Or
leverage your site to enhance your current marketing. What about
determining your site's purpose?
You Do Have a Purpose? You have a site for a reason. Or if don't
you need to. Having a site for the mere fact that you have a
site no longer is a legitimate reason. What purpose will your
site serve? Why would a user benefit from coming to your site?
Who are the users that will view your site? A professional
designer can help you answer these questions as well as,
establish goals and objectives.
Professional designers understand the fact that with so many
choices of sites out there you site has to stand out.
Establishing a purpose will result in a better-designed site.
Leaving a lasting impression with your users.
Even more so designers will help establish a purpose for users
to come back to your site. Each time you get a user to come back
you will establish more mind share than the time previous. And
Us vs. Them So now that a purpose has been established it is
time to create the look and feel. One of the best ways to get
started is take a look at your competitor's sites. Make a list
of things that you like about the site, feel work well, or
things that you feel don't work well. The designer should also
research your competition. Challenge the designer to make your
site better. Maybe it is a more professional look, better
usability or more functionality. Whatever the case maybe you
want your designer to make your site better than your
The Big Issue With the economy the way it is right now cost is a
big issue. It will come as no surprise that Joey from down the
street will create a site cheaper than a professional. But what
will the end result be? How well will the site reflect your
Users often times judge the book by the cover, so to say. If
your site isn't up to par chances are good that a potential
clients will leave before they go any further than the home
page. If they get frustrated or discouraged by your site, it
won't leave a very good message about your company. This result
could end up costing way more than the cost of a professionally
Not Intentionally Bad No one intentionally designs a bad site.
And I'm sure that a Joey down the street somewhere has designed
a functional well-structured site. Chances are however, that you
will get a better return on the money spent if you go with a
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About the author:
Craig Kistler is a freelance web designer specializing in
graphic re-designs, complete web development, flash, e-card, and
banners, as well as, print design, identities, and stragtegies.
You can see his work at http://www.SmallFarmDesign.com