Being a web design company located in San Antonio we get calls from prospects asking questions, but the most common question is: How much does a website cost? Or, how much does it cost to design a website?
“That’s a good question” I tell the prospect but a difficult question to answer. “I need to know more about your company before I can give you a price. Would it be ok if I asked you a few questions?
Here are the questions that you can be expected to get from a good web development company:
1. What is the goal of the website? Or, generally speaking: What are you trying to accomplish? This question needs to be answered as thoroughly as possible. Some possible answers could be: We want to generate more traffic to increase sales to our company. Or, we want to have an online presence to enhance our status in an attempt to increase our prices and bottom line. What ever the reason you have to be honest here. If now you could get a website that is counterproductive.
2. What specifically do you want the design to look like? A lot of of money can be wasted by not explaining this question properly. We have put together beautiful designs only to have them rejected due to just plain difference in taste. Web design companies are happy to help by redoing design, but usually you get charged more. Spend some time on this so we can help you get it right the first time.
Notice how the water is falling into the logo. Well done by our artist.
3. What do you want the website to do? This is the most often overlooked and often most important piece of the website. Let’s take the Gorge website for example….When we first met with the administrator we discussed the goals and design. It seemed like a pretty simple project. She wanted to attract more customers and capture her share of the “internet” market. So I asked her, “Would you be interested in selling tickets for the tours on line? This could save you a ton of time in administrative cost. Also,it would allow your customers to shop anytime of day potentially increasing revenue.” She agreed that was a great idea and our conversation continued to the point where the website goals had changed to us building a fully functional shopping mall with a back-end user management system that allows her to manage all the tours, assign the guide for each particular tours and a lot more. The time savings alone was worth the investment and we built one of our most prized websites. She is getting more tours signed up with less effort.
Be sure to always answer these questions of your web development company. Also, be sure the company you are hiring ask you these questions….after-all it’s your money and your business and in the case of the Gorge…your time.
If you need a website in San Antonio you can find us at www.cartwheelcom.com