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At the close of last year, there were over 230 million websites in existence with 47 million being added in 2009 alone. The Internet is a global phenomenon that dominates life in almost every part of the globe. How can you make your website stand out in a crowd of millions? The key is professional web design.
Your website is the virtual face of your business. It provides information about your services, captures potential clients and keeps your existing client base informed and engaged. It is the superlative form of interactive advertising. Producing a web site goes far beyond simply being creative. It involves reaching a target market, having a good hosting site, being accessible, and having minimal (if any) downtime when changes are made to the site. Professional web design companies consider all these factors in order to give you not only a sharp looking website, but one that will also increase your business.
If you are in the market for professional web design, it is a good idea to check out the websites of the designers you are interested in. Ask yourself if you are pleased with the look of their website. Most designers have an online portfolio that you can browse to see the variety of styles they are capable of. This portfolio also allows you to see what type of clientele your prospective designer works with. While many professional web design companies create for an extremely varied client base, you may find some that specialize in niche industries such as entertainment or finance.
It is a good idea to select two or three professional web design companies to interview. As good as things look on paper (or in this case, on the screen) you must make sure you can work comfortably with the designer. Creating a web site is a significant investment for your company and one that requires both your input and the knowledge of the professional designer. You must feel comfortable and confident expressing your ideas. He or she must be able to clearly communicate your options (flash, forms, video, etc). Consider the creation of your site a joint venture – one that can only take place if both parties envision the same end result.
While there are many web creation resources available for the do-it-yourself personality, it is clearly worth the time and money to invest in professional web design. With your input and their expertise, your website will literally be one in a million.