So it’s come time for you to get that website finished. You have the developer, you have your content, photos, and everything else you need to put together a shiny new website. However, you have no clue where to start. You are not alone! There are thousands of people don’t have the slightest clue about web design, but rest assured knowing that there are plenty of professionals out there that do and are up for hire.

Before we get started on how to hire your web designer, let’s first make sure we know the difference between a web designer and a web developer. No, they are not the same thing. Simply put, a web designer creates the look and feel of your website. They make it look pretty with colors, logos, layouts and get it to look easy on the eyes. They are usually quite skilled at this. Much like an interior decorator. They just know how to make things look good on your website! On the other side, a web developer is someone who uses the designer’s layout to build your website to use. If your website is built on WordPress, the developer may customize an existing theme or template to match the mockups, or s/he might even build a custom theme.

Now that we know the differences, let’s get right to deciding how to hire a web designer. Be sure to ask yourself these questions before having a designer start designing your website.

Does the designer’s style reflect what I want my website to look like?

Be sure to take a look at the web designer’s portfolio and see what kind of work they do. Each designer has their own flair and style, and thus, they will build your site based on the type of work they can do. You want to make sure that the style they do is what you’re looking for. If not, it’s best to shop around to find one that does match your vision.

 Who will my web developer be once I have the design? How much does it cost?

Nowadays, web designers and web developers work very closely together. It’s usually a packaged deal, where you can get your website designed and developed with the same company. Make sure to check with the company to see who will be developing your website and how much it will cost, if it’s not already included in the overall price.

Will they be available for revisions or changes? If so, how much does it cost? 

One of the most important things about hiring a web designer is to make sure they are always available for revisions and changes. Businesses and websites are constantly changing, and you will be adding a lot of things to your website while it’s live and having a designer onboard to make those changes and tweaks when needed it essential. Be sure to get the rate as well to make sure their rate fits within your budget.