The situation: You’re ready to begin working with your newly contracted web developers. You can’t wait to get the website that you have constructed in your mind explained to the web design team and up and online. How are you going to do that? What is involved? What are they expecting?
Communication and planning are two of the most essential things in order to get the most effective results for your website. Your chosen web design company will likely be successful if they have the right details at the right moment.
Much of the success of a web design project is down to the questionning and planning at the very beginning. If the designer has one idea in mind and you have another, they are not likely to be the same. Having everything clear and consice from the get go will help as you develop your relationship and your website!
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How to Work With Your Web Design Team
Whether you choose to work with WPDesigns or another company, that is your choice! However, this guide will (hopefully) provide some insight and ideas that you may not have yet thought of. All of the points in here may not be relevant to you, but they should help to get the creative juices flowing!
Bring your ideas to life at the beginning
In the event that you have a particular concept or picture constructed in your mind of what you’d like to see or think the website should end up looking like, you must ensure to communicate the details of the idea in the best way you can in the beginning of the project in order to start it off in the good direction. This will help to ensure that you don’t end up disappointed when your precise concept is not realized regardless of whether what the designer suggested is an acceptable alternative. If the team or designer believes that your plan isn’t working sharing the idea at the beginning will allow them to provide reasons why the idea won’t be successful, allowing everyone to take a step in the right direction and also allowing you the best chance to get the site you imagine.
Prepare Your Requirements & Goals
You should prepare and write down what you are looking to achieve with your project, this can be on paper or on something like Google Docs. Some of the following questions may help you to get your ideas down.
- What is your overall aim of the website? Conversions? Brand recognition? Simply informative?
- What do you want the website to do?
- What should it look like?
- Where will the inspiration come from?
- Are there any websites currently doing what you want to achieve or have the look you desire?
- How much flexibility do you have in your ideas? Can the designer suggest something they feel, as a professional, works better?
Further questions to ask
- Do you want to start a blog?
- Do you wish to gather visitor information?
- Are you looking to sell goods or services?
- Would you like to accept electronic payments?
- Do you plan to use a calendar or make appointments?
- Do you wish to keep track of the status of your shipping and inventory?
- Is there a budget for you?
One of the most effective methods you (as the customer) can prepare before meeting with any design professional is to set an idea of what you want to know, what you want, and why. If you cannot outline your goals and reasons for your website, you risk wasting your time or money by being hesitant when making a decision or heading on the wrong path.
- Prepare to articulate your company’s mission, why you’re seeking to revamp your website, and what goals you want to accomplish through the new look.
- Participate in every decision.
- If you’re unsure of something, talk to your designer.
- Remember that they will help you design and guide you in the best way to convey your ideas.
Sometimes deadlines will arise however, if you think ahead and allow your designer the time to think about the larger idea and ensure all that all the details are thought out and planned out, you’ll almost always achieve better results.
The Following Tips Can Help a Web Designer to Perform Better
One Primary Point of Contact
It can be difficult when we receive contradictory feedback or when people simply ask questions. We know that multiple people frequently have to look over and then sign off on some aspect. It’s best when only one person has to filter feedback for us.
Keep your information organized
Keep your updates in a group and separated. Doing updates to content in drips and drabs, one or two at a time can take longer total than doing them all simultaneously. Every time we restart by accessing your site and focusing back on your content can take a while. It’s simpler to create several updates when they’re in a single round of revisions instead of 10 requests all seperate that have one change each.
Make sure you are clear about your changes
Make changes clear rather than having your designer sift through to discover what you’d like to alter. Make it clear. For instance, “on the home page Change paragraph 3 “…” the original paragraph to “…”,” or utilize the color of your text to reflect your modifications. Alternatively we generally use MarkUp for our web design revisions.
Describe The Issue Faced, Not The Solution
For instance, instead of simply saying “make the text larger and bolder, or bluer” write “this text is very significant and should be more prominent.” If we receive several very specific design requirements and they don’t always connect. In addition, statements such as “make it stand out” aren’t the best. If you would like you can say exactly what to do!
Trust Your Web Designer
If the designer you choose to work with is asking questions or insisting on information, it’s because we want to make sure we’re heading to the proper direction. Marketing user experience, branding, user experiences, and your business’s goals affect the design. The information we gather about you and your business will us find the ideal solution for your needs.
Learn & Listen
Let us teach you about certain aspects that affect the design. For instance, we could decide on the layout of your website so that it appears appealing on both mobile and desktop devices. Also, we could provide recommendations on how to increase the amount of visitors into customers on your site by the layout and choice of graphics.
Clear Communication is Key
Effective, clear interaction and cooperation go with collaboration when working with your web developers. This may sound evident, but these actions are usually not considered. Ineffective communication could easily result in an unhappy experience for the designer and lead to dissatisfied customers. Here are my suggestions for connecting the dots, obtaining the results you desire, and leaving with an amazing experience.
The relationship you share with your designer does not have to be difficult. Good communication with your designer on the web can result in a positive experience, as will the product that results.
Another suggestion for better communication between the design and marketing team members is to communicate your needs and feedback. Giving feedback that asks your designer to “make improvements” is extremely unclear and ineffective for your designer. Instead of giving vague feedback clarify the issue, you’re having and what you were thinking in your mind. Being clear will save your designer from the guesswork and spare you from unnecessary stress.
It’s crucial that the line of communication be open to both parties. Open to any ideas the designer offers about how you can enhance your project. Web designers are brimming with knowledge and experience of how best to create and market your ideas. Get in touch with them to gain from their skills.
If you find yourself lost whilst listening to your designer discuss IA, UI, UX wireframes, etc., don’t worry. Do not let this deter you from participating fully. Request clarification and explanation. You must be aware of what’s going on and the terms you’re agreeing to. It’s your work at the end of the day and a professional designer will take the time to ensure everyone is on the same page.
We hope that these tips will help you foster a better relationship with your web designer and create an amazing website for your company. Remember to always ask questions, be clear in your communications, and prepare yourself with the necessary information. By doing so, you’ll be on your way to having a successful design project – and an even more successful website.