And, if you’re just starting out on your small biz journey, a professional designer can help you come up with just the right visual elements—including a logo, color palette and fonts—to reflect the brand you hope to build.

So, what do you need to know to begin the process of hiring a website designer? Here are some things to consider:

Starter Questions

In many cases, you will hire a designer as a contractor – meaning you’ll want to ask the right questions up front to be sure you understand exactly what their services include. This will help you avoid surprises like extra costs.  Basic questions might include:

  • How is your billing structured (hourly vs. flat-rate)?
  • What’s your fee for updates to the website?
  • Do you offer copywriting services and, if so, what is the cost?
  • Am I expected to provide images? If so, what’s the process?
  • Does your service include search engine optimization?
  • Will I own my website’s files?

Naming Rights

To have a website, you need a domain, like  If you hire a designer, make sure you’re the one who registers your domain, to protect it from hijacking or expiration. That way you’ll have the legal rights to your domain name, so if you decide to change designers down the road, you won’t have to worry about who’s got control of your name on the ‘Net. You can give your designer any necessary access by making them a domain name account administrator.

Securing Your Spot on the Web.

To have a website live on the Internet, you have to secure space on the Web to store your website’s files. This is called web hosting. Some designers will include hosting in their service offerings, while others might ask you to purchase hosting and give them access to it. Verify the arrangement in advance so you know just what to expect.

Still trying to decide if hiring a website designer is the right move? Check out this helpful article to weigh the pros and cons of building your site vs. hiring a pro.

Find Solutions at GoDaddy

As you’re doing your research to find the best professional website designer for your business, be sure to check out the awesome designs created by the Professional Web Design team at GoDaddy. To learn more, click here.  

About the Author(s)

Andrea Rowland helps craft compelling communications for today’s go-getters through her work as an editor at GoDaddy. Connect with Andrea on Google+. The world’s largest domain name registrar and Web hosting provider, GoDaddy gives small business owners to manage their business.

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