Choosing and Using a Website Designer

  • Price: £3.60
  • Published: June 2013
  • Type: Business Information Factsheet
  • Format: PDF

The development of a business website can be complex and, if not handled correctly, can become very costly. Few business owners have the skills to design and build a website themselves. There are also various regulations that can affect the information you publish on your website and how you transact online with your customers (see BIF 325, A Guide to Developing a Basic Website for Your Business).

With an increasing number of users accessing websites via mobile devices such as smartphones and 'tablets', website design must also consider mobile viewing, and incorporate other platforms such as social media integration, geolocation and multimedia features. It is therefore worthwhile contracting with one or more website designers who can help you develop a professional, well-structured and secure website for your business.

This factsheet explains what website designers do, how to find a website designer and how to manage the process so you get the website you need for your business at the best value for your money. It also explains how to deal with problems that may arise during the design process.

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