Web design Milton Keynes - Everything you need to know about choosing a local web designer
Web design Milton Keynes businesses can rely on is what we do here at Clockwork Design Ltd.
There are at least 50 reasons to love Milton Keynes. The design of websites isn’t one of them. Although we think it’s high time that was addressed. Because, in fact, Milton Keynes is a hub of innovation and creativity when it comes to web development and design. Numerous website designers and web agencies are abandoning city life in London thanks to the high rents and big smoke and have decamped to lovely Buckinghamshire. And who can blame them? And that means, if you’re looking for high quality Milton Keynes web design companies, you can absolutely find them.
How to choose a web designer in Milton Keynes
So you’ve searched for ‘web design Milton Keynes’ and chances are a bunch of results have come up on Google’s search engine results page. (Or Bing’s if that’s your preferred search engine of choice.) Now what? How do you choose which agency to call or who to book a meeting with?
Here’s our suggestion. Start the process by browsing the agency’s portfolio. Have they already designed websites for your industry? If they already have experience in your field, it could save time in the long run as you won’t have to explain what it is you do. On the flipside, sometimes it’s a good idea to choose web designers who have no experience of your industry at all. Why? Because they can bring completely fresh ideas to the table and do something new and different.
While you’re still in the portfolio, looks at all the different web designs they’ve done. Do they look alike and all from a themed template? That’s not great. A good WordPress designer should design and develop your new site completely from scratch to meet your requirements exactly. The website they design should be unique to you and your brand. It shouldn’t be a carbon copy of someone else’s.
And is there anything in the web design portfolio that looks really impressive and exciting? In other words, remember to choose a WordPress designer that can actually design.
Ask yourself, would I be really happy if our website looked something like this? If so, give the agency a call.
So why choose a website designer in Milton Keynes?
So if you’ve gone to the trouble of searching for a website designer in Milton Keynes, chances are you’re a business based in Milton Keynes. Or perhaps you’re in one of the nearby towns of Brackley or Banbury. Wherever you are, it means you’re local enough to actually visit the web design agency you’ll be working with. (Feel free to come and visit the Clockwork website design team in Brackley at any time. Or we can come to you, whatever’s easiest.)
If you’re going to be working with a team on a new design for your website, it’s important you see the whites of their eyes, so to speak. Pinging emails backwards and forwards is all well and good. But having a face to face chat over a cup of tea is the way forward. You get to understand how the agency works and the different elements of the design process from beginning to end. And it’s a good opportunity to explain what your business does, how it works, what you like or don’t like about the design of your current website design if you already have a site up and running. Or what you want your website to achieve if you’re looking for a brand-new site to be designed and built.
And there’s often a cost saving to consider if you choose a website designer who’s not based in the Capital. You won’t be paying those crazy central London prices to get your new or improved website up and running.
Here’s the good news. Our head honcho and creative designer Jamie Clocherty has worked at a ton of design agencies for brands such as Morrisons, Dixon and Currys PC World. So you get London levels of innovative design of terrific websites at more affordable prices. Win, Win!
The questions you should ask your web and WordPress design team
Before you get together with your new web designers (whether that’s us or someone else), it’s worth putting together a few questions in advance.
How do you communicate during the design process?
Some web designers communicate only by email or project management programmes like Trello or Basecamp. Some design agencies never answer their phones. (Not us at Clockwork, we’re always happy to answer questions on the phone.) Some agencies send a weekly update to keep you in the loop and some don’t. Chances are your WordPress design project will take at least a number of weeks or even months to complete. So it’s important to know, in advance, what the process is for communicating feedback or amendments.
Is SEO part of the web design?
SEO (search engine optimisation) plays a key role in the success of any website. Ask your potential website designer whether they provide any SEO services including on page optimisation and off page optimisation. SEO is something that should be talked about from the beginning of the project, not lumped on at the end as an afterthought. Check that your web designers are up to speed with the latest SEO techniques and thinking. And if they’re not, find someone who is.
How long will it take to design my website?
We’re in slightly ‘how long is a piece of string’ territory here as it will depend on a number of factors including how much work an agency has got on at the time and how quickly you can get across the information that’s needed. If a particular agency tells you that it will be at least six months, look for another company with more resources. That’s just way too long to wait.
How much will a new site cost?
The million-dollar question. And no, your new website design shouldn’t cost a million dollars. How much it will cost depends on:
- The size of the website being designed. Is it a one-page site with just a few sections? Or a website with hundreds of pages and thousands of products?
- The site’s functionality. Will it be a simple portfolio or information-only site? Or do you need a designer experienced in ecommerce web designer for a more complex ecommerce web design?
If you have a budget, be honest and share it with your agency. They can tell you what they can do for that budget. And if they can’t help, chances are they’ll know another web design Milton Keynes based team who can.
Contact Clockwork Design Ltd
Stop searching for 'web design Milton Keynes' our team at Clockwork Design Ltd can handle it from here
When it comes to web design Milton Keynes has an abundance of creative designers and talented developers, but it’s important to choose a web design company that can design a website that looks fantastic, functions beautifully, attracts visitors and helps you achieve all your business objectives. It’s also really useful if you have a great working relationship with your web designers too. According to our clients, we’re a really easy bunch of people to get on with and we deliver too. So, why not see for yourself? Get in touch with the Clockwork Design Ltd team today via our contact form or give us a call on 01280 422 411 and let’s start the ball rolling.