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Finding Competent Site Designers

12:54 pm on Sep 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I have several successful sites that have done well but I'm seeing the need to invest further to upgrade at least 2 sites. They are at the stage where the design needs exceeds my IT skill level.

My problem is that I cannot seem to find one company that can manage to upgrade all the elements of the sites. For example, there are designers for the specific forum software I use and designers for the blog software but no one company that appears to be able to do both in house. Am I destined to hire two,maybe three different design companies to work on one site and then coordinate them like a building contractor would?

How does one determine whether a web site design company is competent? I've been holding off upgrading the sites because of the companies/designers I have researched, I'm not seeing a specific match to my own needs in their portfolios of previous clients.
2:20 pm on Sept 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Have you talked to the companies or are you just basing your conclusion on looking at their portfolios? I'm sure that a lot of companies don't publish their entire portfolio, so they may actually have experience with both.

Also, a lot of companies work with freelancers, so while they don't have anyone with experience in-house, they may work with one (or several) who do have the needed experience.

Unless you want to spend the time/energy to act as a general contractor, I feel it's better to go with a company you like and let them handle the outsourcing/management of a freelancer with the specific skills for the project.
9:07 am on Sept 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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^ Great advice. ^ ;)