2 Clever Tips That Will Deliver You From Quack Website Designers.

By: Yusuf Odukoya /
 August 19, 2021
  / 3 min read
Categories: Tips

There is a growing concern about the level of professionalism in the field of website design and it is becoming quite annoying. In the past, website design used to be an honourable profession and only a few could qualify as a web designer or developer. This is perhaps due to the barriers which were previously associated with accessing web design tools, training, and certifications, but sadly, the industry is now oversaturated with quacks as any Monkey with a laptop and mobile internet access can easily pass for a website designer.

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What is the motivation behind this post?

The overwhelming increase in the number of quack web designers on the World Wide Web has now made it very difficult for prospective website owners to avoid playing into the wrong hands. At least, 1 in every 5 website owners fall prey to a quack web designer. That’s not all — some prospective website owners have been tricked to part ways with their money in exchange for absolutely no value. To this end, I felt the need to do my own part by writing this piece.

I know it is impossible to eradicate this plague, but I want to believe that no one reads these tips and still ends up with a quack.

1. Request their portfolio and assess their own website

There is no gainsaying that this should be the first thing you should request from any web designer you are looking to hire. However, despite the fact that many people request a portfolio, they still fall prey to quack web designers because they forgot to request their own website.

The most important item on a web designer’s portfolio is arguably their own website. This is because a quack website designer can easily claim he built any website by just sending you a bunch of web links, but you’d be more accurate if you judge their capabilities by taking a look at their very own website.

Take note of the following red flags;

  • They don’t have a website.
  • They claim their website is under construction.
  • Their website loads very slowly.
  • Their website lacks content.
  • You see some dummy “Lorem Ipsum” texts scattered all over the place.
  • Unforgivable grammatical errors, both on and off their website.

2. Access yourself and prepare ahead

As a prospective website owner, it is also important for you to do a personal self-assessment as you are very likely to end up with a quack web designer if one or more of the reasons below apply to you;

  • You don’t have an eye for good design.
  • You fail to discuss the performance side of your project.
  • Your budget is too low.
  • You overlook some or all of the red flags.

It is quite simple — before embarking on a search for a good web designer, you should at least have some realistic expectations of what you wish to derive from the website in view; both aesthetically and functionally. You can achieve this by browsing through websites that share the same goal as yours, then noting down the things you like about them. You might also want to engage a reputable design-savvy friend to help you with making design-related decisions.

Take note of crucial things like the website’s Loading Speed, Content Structure and Hierarchy, Font Choices, Font Sizes and Styles, Colours, Logo Placement, Images e.t.c, and ensure it strikes a consistency with your brand or business, then ask if the web designer can help you achieve the same thing (by submitting it as a written brief). However, don’t take their word for it because they’ll most likely return an affirmative answer.

Now, here is the tricky part; You must verify their claim by cross-checking it against their portfolio (which you must have requested earlier) and look out for that same pattern in their previous works. Do previous works reflect their claims? If the answer is a big no, run for your life! But if the answer seems inconclusive, Still, run for your life (or proceed at your own risk).

It has to be a strong YES, which means all the website design projects featured on their portfolio must reflect their claims.

Conclusion

Before you hire your next web designer, it is always a good idea to consider the two points above. They would go a long way in saving you from a potentially devastating disappointment. I have intentionally kept this article brief and straightforward so that it is very easy to follow, but if you have a tip that I have missed out, then share with us in the comments below.

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