The issue with many companies is that they seem large and with a lot of experience, but in reality they are simply composed out of newbie’s who do not know what to do and when to do it. In order to avoid these scams it is best to find clues that will talk a lot about the company and the way it treats its clients. One way to do this is to look at their portfolio. Here there is a short presentation of their previous work and it can give anyone clues to whether the company is genuine or not.
1. The existence of a portfolio
There are some web design companies which do not have a portfolio on their website. This is a sign of warning because they might not be genuine. In most cases, the previous work is what will recommend them for the further tasks. So the portfolio must exist and it should be updated on a regular basis.
2. The items presented
Some companies rush out to put as many of their works as possible and this is a good thing. However, besides the numbers it is also important to view the quality of the works. The structure of the exposed website will give important clues about the ability to work and the concept that the company has.
3. Check each portfolio item
It is important to see if in the portfolio there are similar websites to yours. In this way, you will get a feeling of the concept by which the company works. There might be some features which you need and it is vital to see the way they have included it in the site. If a company does not have a specific portfolio, but it seems to be trustworthy, it could be a good idea to let them know that you want some examples of the same niche before signing any contract.
4. Quality speaks it all
Besides the quantity of work presented in a portfolio, the quality of the websites is something that you would want to analyze. Some are capable of doing loads of website, but without any given quality. Others will work slower, but provide the things needed without any hesitation or doubt about the quality.
5. Check with the owners
Usually together with the portfolio, there is a section of testimonials where clients are free to write whatever they feel about their experience with the company. It is important to take some time and read those things because it can reveal interesting pieces of information.
6. The web design company’s site
Usually the website of such a company tells a lot about the way they perceive designing. If the website looks great and the details are carefully studied there is the chance that your website will look the same.
Before deciding over one company or the other, try and find as many things as possible. In this way, you will know who you are dealing with in a blink of an eye.
This article has been written by david patullo who runs a blog at www.websitecreationexperts.com