Do you remember when you first launched your original website? How did you go about choosing your web designer? Chances are, if your site was built several years ago, then you had to rely simply on references to make the difficult choice of who was going to be your webmaster. Now, with endless amounts of designers available at the click of a mouse, and more popping up every day, you need to make sure that you’ve not only got references but that you’ve got some sort of web design portfolio from your potential candidate.
A web design portfolio is kind of like a resume for a web designer. If you’re a business owner who simply knows about the processes of running a business, then you probably don’t know much about proper coding and the latest Web 2.0 technologies that are available to you with countless designers. What you do know is that when you make an investment, you want to see a return on that investment at all costs. Poor investments hurt your bottom line, especially if you can’t break even.
If you have a web designer in mind who only has their own website to show you as evidence of their work, you need to walk away as soon as possible. The fact is, it’s easy to at least save screenshots or video recordings of a website and its functionality. If a designer isn’t saving their work, it means that they or the company they’ve designed the website for are simply not happy with the site that was created for them. A web design portfolio is true evidence that the designer has several satisfied customers that they’ve done work in the past. Whenever a website designer completes work, they’ll often ask a company if they can use their website within their portfolio. The customer will only say yes if they are satisfied with the website, and that’s exactly what you want to find.
Make sure that when it’s time to build your next website, you hire a designer with a large web design portfolio to show off their capabilities and design skills. Be sure to visit the Final Web Design portfolio at Portfolio.