It’s quite the thrilling feeling when you manage to beat the competition and land yourself a web design client, especially if it’s for the very first time. Not only does it mean that you now have a potential source of income, but it’s also proof that you’re being acknowledged for your skills.
But before a designer begins his/her creation, one must first factor in a few key details that will undoubtedly be required or sometimes demanded by the client in question. Thereby avoiding a great number of mishaps that might be made later down the line.
So it’s very important that a designer asks the client a few, well-thought-out questions before diving into the rabbit hole of web designing and creation.
Here are nine crucial questions to ask your clients at the start of any web design project:
1.) What is your business all about?
– A Web Designer must be fully informed about the kind of business the client is involved in so he/she can adjust accordingly for the creation of the website. It’s crucial for designers to know about the client like their values, level of experience, and visions for the future. One must also know the very basic information like the business size, location, and background.
2.) Do you already have a website? If so, what do you wish to improve upon it?
– If a client already has a website, it can be a great source of info on what said client would like to include in the new website as well as to discard the ones that are now disliked or obsolete. Knowing about the site’s age, the CMS that they used, and how easy it is to update can be a great help in speeding up the process. You could also learn about the client’s old mistakes so you won’t end up repeating them.
3.) What do you wish to achieve from this project?
– While getting a fresh new coat of paint in the virtual plane is a viable reason for a client to want a new website, it’s still important for you to know his/her full motivation in doing so. By establishing the client’s issues that they’re trying to solve, you can adjust accordingly and stand a better chance of producing an efficient solution.
4.) What kind of audience do you wish to target?
– As the old saying goes, “Beauty is in the of the beholder”, so when a designer starts creating a website for a client, it’s very important to know what kind of audience they will be targeting. The people of this day and age, especially teenagers, are extremely different from the generation that came before. The more you know about the client’s targeted audience, the better you can determine the best way to accommodate them through the appearance, layout, and navigation of the website that you plan to make.
5.) What kind of features do you wish to implement on the site?
– This one is a pretty basic question that is a must-know for every Web Designer from the very beginning. Like if a client owns a restaurant, there must be a page that displays their available food items and opening and closing hours. Other possibilities include a blog, website chat, social media integration, photo galleries, a separate mobile or responsive site, video integration, or a contact form. There’s also a point where the client might have a specific style that he/she wants to incorporate into the website to suit his/her taste.
It’s best to clarify first to avoid late additions that could cost time and potentially scramble the other parts of the site.
6.) What are your dislikes that I should avoid?
– Knowing a client’s dislikes could be just as important as knowing about the likes. As stated before, removing a portion of the site that was already integrated is just as excruciating, expensive, and time-consuming as adding something in. So it’s very crucial for a designer to be informed ahead of time so all of this could easily be avoided.
7.) Who are your main competitors?
– Doing this would allow a web designer to learn from the successes and mistakes of the client’s competitors. Giving us the opportunity to improve upon the competition’s strong points while lessening or possibly removing the weak points that they have.
8.) What makes you unique compared to your competitors?
– This basically means that the client must put forth something that allows them to stand out and show that they’re a cut above the rest of his/her competitors. It would have to be something eye-grabbing to get the attention of any potential visitor of the site that you’re creating. By learning how your client differs from the others, you can create a site that would do the same.
9.) What’s the full extent of the project?
– Knowing how far the project is supposed to go as well as the milestones that a designer needs to reach before the client’s final deadline is another crucial piece of information that must be considered. This is important since a designer must keep the project progression on track while also making sure that the quality of his/her work lives up or maybe even exceed the client’s expectations.
Establishing whether there’s any flexibility in the work timeline as well as having a clear picture of the financial budget should also be considered to avoid any hiccups in the creation process. This is also the time to clarify who your main contacts are for the project, as well as who is providing the web content so you can establish clear lines of communication.
Web designers are basically the artists of the virtual stage. They are the ones who are called upon by businesses, big or small, to create internet sites and web pages that are functional, convenient to use, and are visually appealing to the eyes. If you are interested in learning how to be a competent web designer, you can enroll in my Web Design training course!
This course is great for aspiring or current Freelancers, Virtual Assistants, Website Managers, Web Designers, and Business entrepreneurs who want to learn how to build and design their own website.
- Understanding Web Design and WordPress
- Exploring the cPanel and Installing WordPress
- Exploring the WordPress Admin Dashboard
- Web Designing using Page Builders
- Building a Landing Page and Basic Email Marketing
- Create an Online Shop with WooCommerce
- Building a Membership Site
- Basic SEO
- Basic HTML and CSS
- Marketing and Growing your Business
Our course comes with:
* 10 recorded coaching sessions
* 2 live coaching sessions
* Learning teams
* Personalized feedbacking
* Lifetime assistance
* With online certification after course completion
* Free OJT/apprenticeship
* Hiring referrals to FVA agency partners
* In-house hiring opportunity via our global brand, Surge