Especially for bloggers and individuals that want to start a website or blog, the financial aspect is important. They probably don’t have thousands of dollars to pay a web design company, and this is why the majority of those look for freelancer to take care of web design. Well, this is not a wrong or right approach. A freelancer might want to increase his popularity, therefore he might offer you some great prices for a good job, but if you are tricked into hiring a beginner, you might end up paying some serious money for a really bad website.
Cost vs. Risk
A webmaster must first look on the specialized freelancing websites, but the websites of the freelancers are just as good. After all, an experienced designer is able to make a good site for himself, right? Read the hiring conditions of the freelancer. Ask for samples, links and previous projects. If you want a website in a certain niche, such as a social media page, you might want to see previous projects completed by the web designer in the same niche.
Hint: Don’t trust the freelancer just because he sends you a link. Send a mail to the support of the respective website, and ask if the website was actually made by the person you are negotiating with.
Professionalism and timeframe
As a freelancer works alone, you must give him larger deadlines. However, if a Freelancer promises you that he will make a page in three days, he should do it in three days. Establish strict terms with the freelancer, and use a specialized freelancing platform if you want to feel safe.
Don’t be afraid to ask the designer as many modifications as you need. You have a vision in your head, and the job of a designer is to put it into practice. Even if you ask a special feature and you don’t like it after, you can request modifications.
Hint: Establish the number of modifications and reviews since the start. Some freelancers are not willing to return to the design many times for revisions, or they might charge extra. Make sure that the freelancer allows as many revisions as needed until you are satisfied with the design.
PSD and HTML
The PSD file is the actual construction of a page. It has the design as it is seen on the internet, and some codes behind it that are used by programmers later to transform the page in HTML, and to create the engines, lists and facilities of the website. If you can’t understand the PSD file, ask the opinion of a professional cored before sending money to the designer.
The best idea would be to hire a designer that is able to create you a complete website, including the PSD, codes and features, including the social media widgets. This way, the designer can establish a solid plan since the start. A coder that takes a PSD made by others might do a good job, but it is better to find a professional freelancer that can take care of every aspect of the website.