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Every successful web design plays down to human factor. While there are website Builders, sometimes it is so difficult to get what you want from artificial intelligence. They may suggest things you don’t need and wasted your precious time to build a website.

On the other hand, when you engage a web designer, there is a human touch to the service. Sometimes the designer knows what you want before you open your mouth.

There are things to ask during a web design consultation before you pen down your signature on the contract. These are vital information that you need to have to have a successful web design.

First thing to ask is “do you understand what I want?” It does matter if the web designer is award winning or has many badges of honour. If he/she does not understand what you want, there is no point engaging them.

How can you solve this? Ask for a wireframe or even a simple sketch. Although it may not look like the end result, you know that the web designer is on the same track and will deliver your desired outcome eventually. If the web designer rejects a wireframe or a simple sketch, move on to the next web designer who is willing to give you one. This is also a test whether the web designer is genuinely interested in your project and whether they have the best interests for you.

The next question is what is your delivery period. Time is money. Long delivery equals to loss of sales. Imagine you have a business but your shop is in construction for many months. Your customers cannot transact or view what you offer. It is the same for your website. The moment it is under construction, nobody is able to purchase from you.

Next you must be thinking what is a reasonable timeline for a web design. It depends.

If it is a simple 5 page website, the maximum timeline is 1 month. There is no reason for a web designer to deliver it over a month unless he/she is highly sought after.

For an ecommerce website on shopify, it is at least 2-3 months. An Ecommerce website has many features to implement. There are many blocking factors that delay a designer’s work. Examples are importing of raw inventory, payment gateway approvals and inventory management. Hence, it really depends on the type of website and the number of features implemented.

Finally we come to the last question: “how is the payment like?”

There are a few types of payment methods.

One is you make full payment to the designer. This method is risky for you and only if you know the designer will deliver the project for you.

We prefer the next one which is you pay a percentage of the full price and pay the rest after the project is completed. Why? It reduces the risk for both parties and it is a win win situation. The web designer is also not risked of non payment by the customer.

Last one is customer pays after a freelance web designer singapore developer completes the project. This should not be a practice anymore as it introduces a hosts of problems. Unless the customer is a reputable company, the designer has a risk of nonpayment. He/she won’t get paid for the work done.