On the Internet today, there are many people who call themselves web designers and web design companies. Some people do it for fun, as a hobby or part-time. Web designers that design full-time are the way to go. Someone who does web design in their part-time tends not to take it as seriously as someone who does it for a living.
There are also people who do web design, who have no formal training. Make sure your web designer has some formal training from a recognized school. People who are self-taught, although I applaud them for doing it, have relied on the Internet for all their information, and as you know information on the Internet can be inaccurate.
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The web design company you choose for your project should have relevant experience. If you would like them to design an e-commerce website, it is best to choose a web designer who has e-commerce websites in their portfolio. Your web design company should be ready to submit a proposal for your website project along with a contract. Beware of companies who don't give you a formal contract.
The contract should outline exactly what the web designer will do and how long it will take the price, and what you have agreed to supply. A formal contract is the best way to avoid disagreements between the web designer and you. Make sure your contract outlines every possible problem that can happen.
Different types of websites
There are different types of websites such as static HTML (brochure type), e-commerce (with a shopping cart), database, Flash, and a website with your own content management system. All of these must come into perspective when you are looking for a web design company. For example, if you are looking for a fully interactive Flash website you better make sure that the web design company you choose has done many Flash websites.