Mary Hager - Function First Design
     Effective, Affordable Site Development
November 24, 2014   

Consider This

When building or updating a web site for your business,
  • Be sure your web designer understands you and vice-versa. Communication is critical. Find someone you feel comfortable talking to.
  • Know what you are paying for and that it's what you want and need for your business, and not just something the designer wants to sell.
  • Find out what expenses there will be later. Get a clear explanation of how much time and money it will cost down the road to maintain your site.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. And expect answers that make sense to you. If terms or features are not familiar to you, ask for clarification.
  • Above all, you want to really understand what the site is going to do to help you run your business in a more effective, productive, and efficient way.
I recommend talking to your potential designer about your real business needs, not just site design such as layout and colors. Don't worry if you don't know the technical details of how a particular task might be accomplished, or if you're not sure at first about the vocabulary.

Ask your questions in English and expect explanations and options in English! There is nothing magical about computers or code, and not a single thing that can't be clarified in language that everyone can understand. Really, if you're about to pay for it, it is only fair that you know what "it" actually is (and why you need it).

For a quick overview of some common website and web marketing terms, check out Nerdspeak.