Tens of thousands of people all over the world claim to be web designers, so how can you be sure your website designers are professional and are going to provide you with a quality service? With all the advances that are occurring every day in web site design and development, website designers need to have much more than just a general knowledge of the internet and far greater than average html skills.
When the internet first boomed in the late 80s and early 90s, it was common for anyone who had prepared or maintained their own website to be seen as an industry leader. Those who knew what html was and how to set up a web server were considered the most advanced of webpage designers, and, due to the limited scope of the internet at the time, they probably were at the top of their game.Not so today.
Today it is much easier for anyone to establish a website and call themselves a website designer. They do not even necessarily need to know basic html. They only need a web browser and some cash – or sometimes not even that if they're happy to work with the freely available templates available online. As a result, the internet has become populated with a multitude of self proclaimed web designers responsible for an even larger amount of very poorly and distastefully constructed websites. Needless to say, the line between amateur webpage designers and professional website designers is dangerously blurred which can make the process of finding a good one increasingly difficult.
However, before you start to feel that finding a professional web designer will be impossible, it will help you to know that, in recent times, many mature and well-trained web page designers have made attempts to distance themselves and their profession from the inexperienced amateurs and can often be found to publicise their recent outstanding work in online portfolios and blog sites.
The W3C has also assisted in monitoring the professionalism of webpage designers by establishing and enforcing design standards that are comprehensive and compatible with all the latest web browsers and mobile platforms, so when contemplating how to find a quality, professional web designer, ensuring they adhere to W3C standards is a great place to start.However, as well as understanding and implementing the necessary web scripts, design principles and industry rules, a professional web designer must be able to combine a range of skills such as graphic design, color theory, photography and typography.
Before commencing any website project, you should definitely make sure you are able to view a portfolio of websites the designer has completed in the past, and that you are satisfied with the quality of the websites you are shown, because it's essential that website designers are creative as well as following professional standards.
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