Come to think about it, it is really quite subjective when you reflect on what makes a good web design because what one person considers as being good web designs may not be viewed so by others. Thus, before you begin your search for good web designs and consequently good web designers, you need to establish at the very outset what your budget is going to allow you to choose, because it will point you in the direction of looking either for a design agency, or for hiring the services of freelance web designers.
There are of course many possibilities that you will confront and you will need to decide whether to look for somebody with outstanding creative talent and who has created many fantastic websites before, or will you by willing to choose someone that has been recommended to you. No doubt, the most important thing you will need to consider will be the web designer’s portfolio as that will give you an idea whether he/she can do a good job for you or not. In addition, you should also check out previous websites created by the web designer and look for variety rather than the same type of websites being created over and over again.
Other important aspects that you need to consider when choosing your web designer include whether a logo is required and if so, the approach that the designer will take in the branding process and also how your present branding will be built on. You will also need to find out the number of concepts that the designer has already created or will be able to create. And, when it comes to coding sites, you must ensure that the designer uses the W3C validator to validate all pages which ensures that your web pages will be error free, and a good designer will always ensure that W3C validation does take place.
You also need to make a call on the type of audience you have in mind and the types of browsers that will be required by the audience as the cost of developing websites will depend on the types of browsers support required. And, once you are decided on the types of browsers and operating systems that should be supported, you should look at the web designer and see that he/she has the required platform support.
Another important aspect that you must look for in a suitable web designer is whether the designer has any experience in handling e-commerce websites; you need to think about this if you are planning to design an e-commerce website. You should also ask the website designer to show his/her previous sample works in this regard.
You may also want content management system that is useful in managing text on your pages, and you may also need to see that the web designer has search engine optimization experience, especially if you wish to have the designer market your website for you. You could also check out some popular companies while you are thinking about your web design creation.