Choosing a partner and preparing for the website project
The decision is made! Your website will be updated, rebuilt or created this year…now it’s time to “interview” prospective web firms. What should you be asking? Here is our list of top questions to ask potential web firms before taking that plunge.
- Do they have a comprehensive process for working collaboratively through the project?
- Does their process include clear benchmarks to assess and report progress?
- Are they willing to share multiple sites they have developed and have been successful?
- Do you feel like they care about you and your business goals or do they just seem to be focused on building another website?
- Did they give you a budget on the initial phone call? If so, I would be wary. Most web projects need more clarification and conversation to discover what you want as well as what you need.
- Are they willing to share references with you?
You’ve completed the interview process and determined the firm that best fits. You’re ready to sign a contract and start down the path of website creation with your chosen firm. Be sure to keep a few things in mind:
- Do you have access to your domain registration or current web hosting environment? If not, this can really hold up a project finding Cousin Mike who registered it to his personal email address. This might be more difficult than you think.
- Take an audit of your current website:
- What do you not like about it or what is not working on your site?
- What do you like or seems to be working well on your site?
- What has changed about your business since you built your first site?
- Does your schedule over the next couple of months allow for meetings and ongoing communications so the process does not stall?
Now that you’re fully prepared and have an idea of what to expect, you’re ready to tackle that new website head on! Remember to enjoy the process; it should be a creative and fun endeavor.