How to choose a website company?

video-22Hi, I’m Mark Steinbrueck with OurChurch.Com. And on this video, we’re going to talk about How to Choose a Website Company and what goes into that decision making process.

First of all, ask the website developer;

1) What the mission is of their organization. Why are they in business?

If they can’t give you a quick response, they probably don’t know. Or they’re just in business to make money.

OurChurch.Com exists to help Christians achieve their missions on-line. And, as a result of that, we can identify with Christian organizations and individuals in helping them build their website.

2) Do they understand your organization?

Are they a secular organization? Or are they a Christian organization? Not to say that you have to go with a Christian organization. But oftentimes, people that don’t understand or don’t have the same values that your organization has, they’re not going to be able to effectively put together a website to accomplish what your mission is. Some companies just appear to be Christian companies, but they’re simply just divisions of secular companies that are trying to capitalize on the Christian market. It’s best to choose a company that’s aligned with your organization goals and mission.

3) How long have they been in business?

Simply ask them that question. How long have you been in business? Experience may not be everything, but it’s best to choose an organization that’s been in business for awhile because then they know exactly the ins and outs of building a website and how to communicate effectively with customers. And it’ll be a better experience in the long run.

4) What are other customers saying about them?

Look for on-line reviews of the company. Ask for customer references. Check out the Better Business Bureau rating. All these things can go and help you make an informed decision on whether or not they are a customer friendly organization.

5) How responsive are they?

If it took them more than a week, or you know, three or four days to respond to your initial inquiry, why would it be different once you are a client? So, use the sales process as an evaluation process to see how effective they are in communicating with you.

6) Examples of previous work.

Ask for a list of previous work or a link to their on-line portfolio. This will probably be their best work. However, if you don’t see anything there that you would be proud of or that you would want for your own website, then you most likely won’t be getting something produced by them that you’ll be happy with either. So ask to see some examples of their work.

So, in summary how to choose a website company:

  1. Ask what their mission is.
  2. Ask if they understand your organization.
  3. How long have they been in business?
  4. What are the other customers saying about them?
  5. How responsive are they?
  6. And ask for examples of their previous work.

I hope this helps provide some guidance on selecting a website company. If you’d like to talk with someone here at OurChurch.Com in how we can help you achieve your mission and your goals on-line, please complete the consultation request form below.

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Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as .

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