So…you’ve found the right designer who understands what you need in your site and the price is affordable…what next? Now comes the design process.

Remember the design process is not all about the designer. You play an important part in the process too. What you want is to get the best possible web design from your designer. Don’t expect your designer to have all the answers. The designers job is to transform your vision into something visually appealing and functional to your visitors. Your task is to provide direction.

Here are a few tips for working with your designer. If both the designer and the client are willing to work together the experience can be both fun and rewarding for all involved. And, the end product will be a website that is pleasing to designer, client and site visitor alike.

Some Important Tips For Working With A Website Designer:

• Trust the professional. That’s why you’re paying them. Don’t waste your time and money by micro-managing. Offer your opinions but also give them the freedom to be creative.

• Speak up! While you should let the pros do what they do best, it is your website and your money at stake here. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and share your opinion.

• Be quick and decisive. Nothing slows down the momentum in a Web development project like an unresponsive and wishy-washy client. Make a decision and go with it!

• Be patient but firm. The bigger the project, the more likely delays will happen. Be patient if your designer is genuinely trying to meet deadlines, but be firm about requiring periodic updates from them. It is their responsibility, and just common courtesy, to keep you updated and informed.

Building a website requires a major commitment in time and money, and can be a source of great frustration. But if you’re willing to put in the work and follow the tips in this post, you will be rewarded with a beautiful website that exceeds your expectations.

Marty Shue