Selecting a Web Designer for your next website project can be a daunting project for some.  There are a number web design businesses both locally and interstate which provide web design or web development services.  This article will guide you through the steps and selection criteria you need to be aware of when choosing a WordPress Web designer either located on the Gold Coast or Australia wide.

The main factors you need to consider on your project are:

  • Budget
  • Design/Layout Ideas
  • Target Audience for Your Website
  • Mobile responsive web design
  • Advanced options to help with security and ranking.

The first thing you should definitely do is visit your Web Designers Website and have a look around. Check the layout, images, check for links and ease of navigation.  Read through the content for spelling and grammatical errors.  This can tell a lot about your new web designer. Don’t be caught out either as a lot of Australian based web designers outsource overseas.

Location doesn’t need to be a high priority as the work is done online.  Although you may think having a chat over coffee to share your ideas is good. A good designer will prefer to have a look at your recommendations and come back to you with comments – remember if they are a good designer, chances are their time is limited with current projects.

A portfolio or gallery section can be good, and can show the capabilities of the designer. We prefer to send the clients links of our recent projects so you can view these sites live and get a feel for them.

Web Hot Designs only uses WordPress Themes (or templates). This ensures that the framework is 100% sound and we customise these themes to suit your design ideas, colours and most importantly, your branding.  We only use premium Themes purchased with a licence key (from Theme Forest) as they have brilliant support and functionality. Never do we use the free themes as these have limited customisation and are usually full of bugs – again be careful that your designer isn’t trying to sell you a free one!

Premium Plug ins are a feature to customise your website with more functionality such as customised contact forms which feed through to your preferred CMS, Word Fence Security Block, Backup Buddy to ensure your site is always backed up and copies stored safely off your server and many more.

Another aspect of your website you should consider is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).  Having your site ranked high on Google is not an easy task and many factors come into play such as current traffic, keywords, relevance of your site, current content to name just a few.  Usually Search Engine Optimisation is done separately to website build as part of a monthly marketing campaign, however we include basic SEO options in our Standard WordPress Website Packages.

Every website needs Web Hosting. Web Hosting is the virtual piece of real estate land where your website is built on.  Without web hosting, you cannot have a website.  Check out our affordable web hosting packages here.

We hope this has helped explaining what to look for when choosing a Web Designer to build your WordPress Website.  Clearly evaluate the services each web designer has to offer and match it back with your requirements.  Make sure that you and your WordPress Web Designer are on the same page and ensure that they are committed to the task of delivering an awesome site that they are proud to put their name behind.