Communicating Your Needs To Your Web Designer

Communicating Your Needs To Your Web Designer

  1. You know what content you want on the​ website but have no clue how to​ present it​ to​ the​ user.

  2. You know what content you want on the​ website, and​ you have the​ layout in​ your mind, but you don’t know how to​ implement it.

in​ both cases you will need to​ explain your thoughts to​ the​ web designer. Although most people who read those lines are probably thinking that being in​ the​ second situation is​ better then being in​ the​ first situation. However, real life experience shows the​ opposite to​ be true. Giving a​ web designer the​ complete freedom of​ action regarding the​ web design based solely on the​ website content is​ usually a​ smart thing to​ do. You will find that explaining to​ the​ web designer what the​ nature of​ your website is, whether it’s a​ product that you want to​ sell or​ a​ hobby item, is​ much easier then trying to​ explain to​ him the​ temperate of​ the​ color schema or​ an​ undefined shape that you would like to​ have in​ the​ website header.

Actually for​ both of​ the​ situations, I would suggest you use the​ same approach, but with a​ minor modification to​ each situation. if​ you know of​ a​ website that has all the​ features you want or​ need and/or a​ site that looks the​ way you want your site to​ look, be sure to​ give the​ site’s url to​ the​ web designer. Doing so will give him some idea of​ what you want. You will both be looking at​ the​ same thing but will actually look at​ it​ from a​ different angle. Therefore, it​ may be better to​ give him more than one website as​ an​ example. the​ more websites you find that can express your feelings and/or needs, the​ easier it​ will be for​ web designers to​ understand your intention without you having to​ use a​ single “technical” term. Chances are that you won’t find a​ single website that has all of​ the​ feature you want. After all, if​ such a​ website already exists there would be no place for​ your new web site to​ be born. Use several websites to​ express the​ different features you want. Spend as​ much time as​ necessary until you find just the​ right websites to​ provide examples of​ your needs. Doing research at​ this stage will definitely save you a​ lot of​ time later trying to​ point the​ web designer in​ the​ right direction.

Although you are the​ one who needs to​ express your self to​ the​ web designer, you must learn to​ listen to​ him as​ well. When he uses technical terms, ask for​ their meaning. Do not finish any part of​ the​ conversation unless you are absolutely sure that both sides are on the​ same page. Remember that when a​ web designer speaks about the​ temperature of​ a​ color, he is​ not talking about the​ next day’s forecast.

Remember, you hired a​ professional web designer because you want a​ professional looking website and​ you couldn’t do it​ yourself. So, trust the​ web designer’s judgment when they tell you something you want won’t work or​ isn’t the​ best way to​ accomplish your goals. After all, you are paying them for​ their expertise. Don’t try to​ tell them how to​ do their job.

It is​ OK to​ require that a​ web designer gets your approval each step of​ the​ way so you can tell them if​ one of​ your goals isn’t being met. Also, if​ you really don’t like how something looks and​ want it​ changed, tell them immediately. Don’t wait until everything is​ done and​ then decide you don’t like it.

A final word about cost

You have agreed on what needs to​ be done and​ the​ web designer has given you a​ price quote. Simple modifications and​ bug fixes are usually included in​ the​ price. However, other major changes or​ outright revisions may or​ may not be included. Make sure the​ agreement states what is​ included, what constitutes a​ revision rather than a​ fix, and​ how many changes you can make after delivery without incurring additional costs.

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