At MAXimum Designs, we believe STRONGLY in CUSTOMER SERVICE, and take an 'old-fashioned' approach to ensure that YOU are 100% satisfied with your web site. On top of that, we'll work within YOUR budget - to give you the most EFFECTIVE web presence for your dollar!
We want you to be informed of your web page costs and requirements - UP FRONT! That's why we provide a Web Page Estimator to allow you to estimate your web page needs to fit your budget. (Of course, we can do the web page estimate for you if you prefer!) We'll then discuss with you your web needs and provide you with a FINAL FIXED-FEE QUOTE! We will then design a web site for you that we guarantee will be unique to your business, highly marketable and will generally SURPASS your original expectations!
Since all of our clients have come to us through word-of-mouth and word-of-web, we simply provide HONEST, HARD WORK in return. No lengthy sales pitch, no fast-talkin' - just great web sites designed by people who CARE about your business!
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How to select a web designer?
If you are contemplating a new site or think your current site needs improvement, look for a developer with an appreciation for information design. Their passion for making information user-friendly should be at least as powerful as their wish to create something visually breathtaking.
A prominent member of your web development team should be what's called an "information engineer." The role of that person is to fully understand your business and all the information you want your customers to have access to, as well as what you want your customers to be able to do on your site.
An information engineer should be able to help you define your information requirements and tell you exactly how they fit into an overall concept for your site.
What is the concept?
By concept, I do not mean "look and feel," which unfortunately is what many web developers focus on. To put look and feel first is to put the cart before the horse, and before you know it, you're getting the shockwave treatment. You'll end up with a site that doesn't do what you want for your customers -- communicate clearly and be easy to use.
For example: An online shopping site built consistently around a solid concept is staples.com. Here, the developers created an online experience that is as much as possible like shopping in a Staples store -- but a whole lot faster and easier.
The site acknowledges that people shop in at least three ways: looking around, browsing with some idea of what they want, and hunting for something specific. The site is organized so that you can freely shift from one shopping mode to another, while filling your shopping cart, which is exactly what Staples wants you to do. The look and feel are almost an after thought.
The selection phase
Look for the following from your web design firm:
* Their proposal must show an adequate understanding of your business objectives and marketing strategy;
* The team members working on your site must exhibit the brain power and attention span to grasp all of the information that needs to go on your site;
* Their team should include an information engineer with the ability to organize your site's content logically so that it's all easy to find;
* Someone on their team should have the writing skills to transfer your copy to the Web plainly, simply, concisely, and clearly, so that it's easy to understand;
* Finally, someone needs to know about usability, who can test your site through the stages of development to be sure it's easy to use.
With all of this in place, and a competent designer, look
and feel will pretty much take care of themselves.