I remember building my first website as a young man. It was fun to spend all those hours learning how to do it. My main motivation was to show off for friends and family. I built a bunch of websites that were very basic, but they looked like masterpieces to people who knew nothing about the Internet or websites. I am very embarrassed about my efforts. I never went anywhere with it even though I considered I might make it a career back then. The company I own as an adult uses a firm that does website design in Michigan. I could not even begin to build anything now. I barely even remember a couple of basic HTML tags.

The point I am making is that we should leave some things to professionals. We should consult with people that have a proven track record of performance. I remember the early days of the Internet where small business owners were allowing employees or relatives with some web experience to build them an online presence. That never was a good idea. There are some really talented web design professionals out there. However, there are a whole lot of untalented ones as well. If you want quality, you have to seek it out.

One of the better ways to vet your web designers is to take a look at their portfolios. Look at the elements and elegance of their designs that are live. Many of their existing customers should not have a problem showing off the websites that have been made for them. Webs designers should have an easily accessible online portfolio of the domains they have created. At least a few of the top ones anyway. If you like what you see, you will probably like what they can do for you. If you do not like what you see, then your compatibility with that web design team may not mesh.