As a small business owner in Sioux Falls, SD or anywhere really. It’s your due diligence to take the time and do a little bit of research to find out the variances in prices and quality in the web design world. Not all web design is the same. Now understand I’m not up here trying to toot my own horn, but what I am saying is you need to treat your web designer like you would a personal trainer. Here is what I would recommend.
1. Take them through an interview and really find out what they can provide for you. Don’t let anyone sell you on things you’ll never need or use. Work with someone who understands your business goals and is willing to build a web presence to help achieve that. Here’s an example, don’t buy the extra SEO package when all your customers will be coming to your website directly.
2. Shop around. It’s not enough to just trust the first guy you call and assume he’s the best. Meet with several companies and really try and find someone who has a realistic budget to work with you, matches well in personality and takes genuine interest in your business.
3. Get a Quote up front. It’s not uncommon and I even recommend getting a price quote up front for your future project. This will help lay out expectations of any future costs that might come into play. If a web design company takes the time to understand your project, the web quote should be spot on.
4. Ask for a timeline. Timelines are important when considering your business. You need to know that if you give your web company everything they need, they need to give you an idea of when the website or project will be done. Also, getting updates along the way is something you should ask for. Think of it like building a house, you’d like to see how they’re doing and you should.
Once you’ve settled the four points I mentioned, it’s time to hire that great Sioux Falls Web Company and get started. Remember, communication is good, progress can be slow at times but great website design companies will provide great products! Good luck building!
So I recently read a blog about Google changing some of the results of mobile websites. Here is our take on all of this.
We’ve seen this coming from the big G since 2013 so it’s no surprise that is finally happening now. Those waiting to upgrade their mobile or those refusing to optimize will now pay the penalty of not getting traffic when users are searching on the go. While it may not be an easy fix for some business owners, it’s Google’s way of pushing people to upgrade their websites, which is probably a good thing. With the widespread increase of mobile users, we should cater to those surfing on the go.
If you’re wondering if your site is mobile friendly or not, check out the link at the beginning of the article and they’ve got some great developer tools to test your website and help you make adjustments. If you’re not a do-it-yourself type of person, we at Brinks offer an evaluation and a free price quote on optimizing your website for mobile, as well as an overhaul of your full site.
Responsive design is the newest format that allows the same look and feel of a website on all platforms. Responsive works on smart phones like an iPhone, Android, or a Windows phone. The same site will layout identically on tablets and computers alike. The only difference is the reposition of the sizing of the site. Check it out on our new website, www.brinksweb.com.
Now that we have responsive covered, let’s talk about eCommerce. It’s one thing to have a site with responsive design, it’s another to have an eCommerce website with the same features. As a business owner with a shopping cart, you need to be aware of the importance of potential customers having the ability to purchase on the go. A responsive designed shopping cart makes it incredibly easy to checkout from a smartphone, tablet or computer while having the same experience on all devices.
Lastly, the benefit of having responsive design with your eCommerce site is the ability to make changes once and have it apply to all platforms. The same process goes for adding products online, one and done. For business owners this is a huge time savings and helps streamline the process.
If you’re a business owner looking for a website with responsive eCommerce, contact us today and we can show you how to save some time and money.