There are a wide variety of website design companies around the UK all of different sizes, from different backgrounds, and specialising in different areas of design. Finding local UK website designers is preferable.
Before choosing an agency, there are a few things that you should consider:
UK website designers can help you find a suitable website address. Having possible names of your website in mind is the first step, as the agency can check what domain names (or URL’s) are available to use. There are millions of websites on the internet, billions actually, so the chances are that the name will be already in use. However names with hyphens may be available; for example, if your firm is called Foster’s Leisure, you might want to use www.fostersleisure.com, but if that has indeed gone, then www.fosters-leisure.com would be just as good.
Try to avoid names that are too long; something short is much better and easier for people to remember. Also, it is best to avoid using abbreviations or just the first letters; using Foster’s Leisure as an example would give www.fl.com or www.f-l.com, which are not very good.
There are different sorts of websites available that UK website designers can produce:
Deciding in advance on the right type of website should help direct the right agency to put it together for you.
All UK website designers have different industry backgrounds, most having a variety of clients they have worked with in the past. It is always good to find an agency that has already worked with a business similar to your’s, as they will have a better understanding of your product/service.
All UK website designers charge differently for their services, so it would be wise to compare quotes from a few that you like the look of. In this way you can get an idea of the prices they each charge, enabling you to make an informed decision as to which one you want to work with. Website design prices do vary based on the skill level of the design studio, the staff headcount and also the profit margins of the company. Remember, they are all private companies that need to make a profit, with no industry standard. Paying more to an agency for a website does not mean it will be a better website.
It is always advisable to have a meeting with and UK website designer before the work starts. This way you can get a feel for what they are like, what your point of contact is like and ensure they completely understand the task in hand. Often things are not clear if communication is limited to e-mail or ‘phone, so a face to face meeting is always preferred. It makes sense to ask for the names of websites that they have already designed, or for references from firms they have worked for, or continue to support through site maintenance.