Today, we are going to talk about a few of the specific questions to ask potential web design clients. These questions will help you to form a solid idea of what exactly the client is looking for, which will help you to draw up an accurate proposal for the project. If you already asked the big questions that we talked about in the article " reliable web designer in Wellington":
The Initial Meeting With Potential Clients", then you should already have a general idea of the goal of this website, the target audience, the time frame, and the budget. Now let's discuss some of the specific questions that you should talk about.
Roughly how many pages will this website contain?
I usually try to sketch out a basic site and link structure with the pages that the client wants on their website – starting with the main pages and then down to sub pages. This gives me an idea of how much work and time will be involved. It also gives me an idea of what types of navigation will and won't work for this particular site.
Which layout elements does the client prefer?
I like to outline a few of the different options available to the client and have them tell me which ones they like and which ones they would rather not use. For example drop-down menus – some people love them, some people can't stand them.
Does the client want a horizontal navigation menu or a vertical menu in a sidebar? I also use the information I learned about the number of pages that this site will potentially have to give suggestions to the client on what would work well and what would not work at all.
This is a good time to evaluate how well you and the client are able to discuss things and come to a decision on different matters. You can start to get a sense of how compatible you and the client are.