Before you even start looking for a Web designer, make sure you know exactly what you want to achieve from your website, but don’t forget to stay open minded. Remember to hear other opinions as well. Remember that most of web designers have already made few sites before, so they must have the experience to be not only your designer, but your consultants as well.
First thing you need to decide is, what your website name is. This will determine your logo, your domain and SEO work.
If you already have your own business, it’s easy. The domain will be the same as your business name. If you don’t have a name yet, try to use one or more keywords that fit to your site.
Second thing is to know your TARGET AUDIENCE. Who will be the users that will visit your website? Kids? Women? What are their ages?
Next thing, Think what is the website purpose.
Is it a commercial site?
Know exactly which products you sell more than the others, prepare special offers for the site users.
Is it a going to be only to give a description of your company?
Prepare in advance content that was made by professional writer.
And last but not least, know your competitors, research in search engines for the best site in your area of business. Explore graphic lines you like, colors you prefer, layout you think will fit to your website.
Now you can find yourself a Web designer. Remember that a good design will keep your user in your site for longer time. It’s the first impression that will determine if the user stays on your web site or move on to your competitor’s site.