Choosing a web design company to develop your business a custom web design is a very important task and one that you should be sure to take time with. As the site will be your `ambassador` online, this makes the web design company your ambassadors too in a way. At the same time you will be parting with money and will have to deal with them for an extended period of time, so it`s important that you get it right.
The first thing to look at when choosing a web design company is what the company`s own website looks like. This of course will give you some indication as to their web design skills, and will also give you more idea about how professional they are. From here you should be able to find a portfolio or samples of their work. Look at these too of course and decide whether they impress and whether you see a site design you like that you can use yourself. You should also do a Google search for the company to see if they have any reviews.
From here call the company and speak with them. Try to get a feel as to whether they will be pleasant to work with and whether they will be able to speak to you about your custom website in layman`s terms you understand and be happy to explain the rest.