7 Tips To Have a Good Relationship in the Process of Web Designing
By Kate Hegins
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In the process of designing and development of the websites, the relationship between the client and the developer is important in many ways. On the other hand, it will also help you to find the best business solutions through your website. Both developers and clients complain each other about mismatch their business expectations. Follow the 7 easy tips from us to avoid conflicts and get your website done smoothly and in a more effective manner.
- Setting Expectation and Making Sure You Understand Technical Difficulties
In our experience things tend to fall apart quickly in the web design process. Because there is mismatch of expectation and misunderstanding of what is a technical difficulty is for different people. So the solution is to be really clear about what functions that you have in your mind for your website and also be open for feedbacks and suggestions from your designer to make sure what you have in your mind within the budget.
- Timing and Managing Multiple Clients
Most web designers work with multiple clients at one time depending on their fees. Most of the time when you send them an email or hope to communicate with them you are going to get their divided attention and that might slow the web design process. It also means when your designer is expecting some things from you like files, images and content or anything else that required them to move forward with their work. It can slow things down if you have not been propped and running to other people a lot of time. So, it is really important not to expect two second reply emails and super fast turn over with the different changes that you are suggesting; because, your web designer is working with many people at once. Therefore, the best thing you can do is to stay on track with the dead lines that you agreed upon on the very beginning that you are starting to work together. And also you need to understand that if there is something that look simple to change but it might take little while, because of the work load that your designer has.
- Estimating Cost
Most web designers will give you a quotation of the project cost based on the functionality and the different things that you talk about in your initial conversation. What happens, if you change your mind as you start to working together is that it can affect both their bottom line and their timeline. Some web designers sub contract other designers and developers to help get your project done. And if you add on more work for them they can sometimes end up paying out more to their contractors than what they are making on the project. That can make any person cranky.
- Additional Costs
The solution here is for your web designer to stand on their ground when you are asking for new things. You can also recognize that if something falls outside of the scope of the initial project that you should not be pushing for it. Maybe, you can make in to a phase 2 project that you could talk about separately. Doing a phase 2 round of changes are also awesome because it helps you get more clear idea on what is that you wanted and get feedback on the first round.
- Communication and Explaining Visual Aesthetics
You might have a really clear vision of how you want your website to look and may be your designer will be able to understand exactly what you mean by the words that you are using to describe it. May be they will have a completely different vision. Communicating about visuals using just words can be difficult. So, think about anything that you could do to speed up the process like taking a Pinterest board and pinning different brands, colors, font and images that inspire you. And please do not send your favourite website to your designer and say “I want a website just like this”. Instead point out one or two things that you specifically like about the website. But, make it very specific, so your website does not look like somebody else’s. It can take couple of iterations for you to get exactly the right visual aesthetics. So, definitely be gentle and kind when you sending feedback to your designer.
- Changing Technology
Once your website is built, there might be couple of other things that you start thinking about. So, for example you might start thinking about maintaining on your own website making sure to update it, keep it fresh or you might be thinking about SEO. Talk to your designer before working together for your project. Because, they may or may not be onboard doing maintenance or they might be willing to teach you how to do it. But, they might not be able to be on board.
- Experience on Mobile Responsiveness
Another thing that you want to talk about before you hire a web designer is their mobile experience and making sure that your website is responsive for smaller screens. You want to design your website with mobile first. Not all the web designers are use to designing for mobile first, but they may be able to refer you to somebody or have somebody else to implement that functionality for you. It is highly recommend getting comfortable with different technologies that are being used to build your website.
Article by Kate Hegins. Kate Hegins is a project developer / content writer for My Cheap Web Design Vancouver.
Article Submitted On: December 27, 2017