Our Charlotte, NC Web Design and Development Company
Searching for the best full service website design agency in Charlotte, NC to create a website that both your users will love and Google will rank? You probably went to Google and typed in “website design charlotte”, or charlotte website design company” and were inundated with hundreds or thousdands of results. How do you know which one to choose?
The design of your website will most likely create the first impression someone has of your brand, so you want it to be memorable and stand out from the competition. We’ve been creating and implementing modern, well-functioning, and highly adaptive responsive website designs built in WordPress, Craft, and Shopify for clients for over 15 years. Never heard of us? It’s probably because we are usually behind the scenes working with digital agencies that use our designs for their clients.
From the Concord and Harrisburg, to Matthews and Davidson the Queen City area offers a diversity of businesses who our Charlotte website design and marketing agency can help.
Our design team is comprised of industry-leading website and print designers, small business website designers, and digital strategists from top digital agencies and brands around North Carolina. Our team has cross-industry experience creating award winning web designs, branded marketing material, and logos to help businesses accelerate their online growth, brand themselves, and increase sales and leads.
How To Choose The Best Charlotte Website Design Firm
Choosing the best website design company for your small businesses can be difficult. Just going to Google and typing in “charlotte web design company” can bring back thousands of options, that at face value, all look the same.
You’ll probably try to narrow your search (maybe by taking the top 10 listed in Google), and start looking at each portfolio. This is a great start, but will only give you a partial picture of the value they can provide in growing your business.
So, in addition to viewing their portfolio you should find the answers to the questions below. Getting solid answers to these 10 questions can help minimize the risk that your website design project will have issues, go over budget, or provide little value for growing your business.
Questions to ask before signing the contract with your NC web design agency.
1. What is the inclusive cost of the project?
There are usually two types of contracts, hourly and project based. As a small businesses you probably don’t have a huge budget, or one that can absorb hidden costs and fees, so you want to find a company that has project based pricing.
You’ll want to make sure you get a final cost for the website design project prior to signing the agreement so you’re not hit with additional costs.
2. How long will it take?
There are always unforeseen obstacles that will delay a project’s completion – this is normal and should be planned for.
Make sure you get an estimated timeline from your web design company, and monitor it throughout the project to make sure your design stays on track.
3. Is SEO, Information Architecture, and Content Strategy included in the price?
Most Charlotte design agencies and freelance designers don’t include these important factors in their website designs.
4. Is both design and development included in the cost?
There have been many times that we’ve worked with a small business who thought that when a company said they were going to “design them a new website”, that it meant they were designing and coding the website – this was not true. They web design company simply handed over the designs, and the business then had to pay someone to build and code the website.
Make sure both design and development is included in the cost of your website design.
5. Can I get a list of designers and marketing strategists who will be working on my website and their role in the company?
It is vitally important to know who will be working on your website and what their role in the company is. Most times when the price for the project is low, you will get junior level designers or freelancers doing the work, or it will be outsourced overseas to the lowest bidder.
You’re website is the face of your business and it takes only 50 milliseconds for a user to judge your website, so making sure you have the right designers and developers building your website is important.
6. Will my website be built upon a responsive framework?
Google uses mobile friendliness as a ranking factor, and users want to visit and buy from a website that works well across all devices.
Make sure your website design company is building your website on a responsive and mobile friendly framework.
7. Do you outsource or use freelance designers and developers for your projects?
This goes along with knowing who will be working on your design.
Make sure that you are not sold on a company, only to find out they are going to outsource your design and coding to someone else.
8. Is there a transition plan included?
As we have mentioned many times, making sure you have a transition plan in place during a website redesign, is key to maintaining traffic and sales when your new website goes live.
If your website design company does not include a transition plan, make sure you hire a company that is versed in transition planning during the web design process.
9 .What platform and CMS will be used, and will I be able to easily edit the content?
There are many platforms (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Home-grown content management systems, etc.) that can be used as the framework for your website.
Make sure your web design company tells you exactly what platform they are going to use, and if you’ll be able to edit the content without the need for help from them.
10. Is there training provided to use the CMS?
Make sure that if your agency’s design team is using a CMS, that they provide ongoing training and support on how to add and edit content.