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best practice web design pre-requiste for choosing web design company

Dear Experts:

We are into real estate and property development,  for sales ,marketing and customercare we are with sugarcrm installed on primises on centos linux server our IT team are having  linux knowledge, also we are installing ip-pbx asterisk. we have decided to outsouce the web desgin and we are in seach of good web design compaines. Iam looking for what all the qualites or pre-requistes we should ask /expecting from the web design company , can anybody help me with the check list with the best practice so that i can provide the check list and ask the web design company to fill it .

please provide me best practice web design pre-requiste for choosing web design company
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloperCommented:
If you ask 10 people you will get 10 opinions.    I would start backwards and find sites I liked and figure out who produced them.  Then contact the owners of the site and get feedback on service.

I think you are better off using a web hosting company rather then trying to host your own.  Typically the security will be better and there will be built in redundancy.  

But the first thing you should do is write down your goals for the site.  It is just an online brochure?  Do you need lead generation? Should there be a mobile and tablet version?(yes) or should it be a responsive site that sort of looks good with one set of files?  What are your expectations for the site being a success.  As you interview prospective vendors, see if they mention on their own any of the items you think are important.

I would say the biggest thing is service.  Follow up on what they did in the recent past.  If you are hiring a reputable person or company they will know what to do with the coding.
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D_wathiAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much. yes iam planning to do webhosting on rack space datacenter, but for looking few questions to be asked to web design company before going the work to them. please list out few questions that to be asked
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloperCommented:
Do they make 100% custom designs or use 100% templates from 3rd party sources or somewhere in between?  What are the advantages of each?

How do they handle design vs development?   (are they using different team members for design vs developing).

What is the time frame from start to finish?

Do they provide copy writing?

Do they prefer using a CMS or custom site.  If CMS which ones do they like and why?

What do they feel it will take to get the site to meet your goals?

Do they help with seo?  What is their definition of seo?(it has changed a lot even in the last year)

What are some ways they have helped their other clients grow traffic?

Which clients did they have difficulty and why?

Which clients had the best success and why?

Are they familiar with api's for realestate.  

What is their plan for allowing for mobile, tablet and desktop/lap top.

What are the deliverables?  Who owns the deliverables?  

What types of ongoing support do they offer?
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D_wathiAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much, can you please list similary for SEO and digital marketing please.
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