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How to Get Started On Your Business Website

So you’re about to embark on the creation of a major website for your business? Having a presence on the internet can be a big help to many enterprises, but that you consider a few simple points before hiring a web developer.

First of all, it’s a good idea to talk to your customers, the people who will actually be using the website, and determine what features they would find helpful. Circulate a survey among frequent users of your product or service, and try to collect insights into what should and shouldn’t be a part of your new site. After all, it doesn’t make sense to spend thousands of dollars on a flashy new website that nobody will be able to use or benefit from.

Another step that you might want to take before hiring a design professional is to take a couple of hours to look at the websites of your competitors. Find out what features they are offering, and try navigating through their product information and sales pages. Try to find ways that you can incorporate (and improve upon) the features in their sites that you find useful and informative.

After you have a good idea of what you want, you should sit down with a local web developer and discuss your situation. Treat this process just like any job interview, asking questions whenever they come up, and getting a clear and realistic price quote.

Once you have settled on the best person for the job, it’s important to keep up with the project as it progresses, keeping your designer up to date on exactly what you wantFree Web Content, and keeping track of the tab so as to avoid any nasty surprises.

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Jeremy Maddock is a professional web-based entrepreneur who owns and operates over 20 sites, including one on business internet services.

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