The 10 Questions Every Website Designer Should Ask Themselves

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Designing a website can be an exciting and rewarding endeavor, but it also comes with many challenges and ways to make mistakes. To ensure your website design process goes smoothly and leads to the best end result, there are many questions you should ask yourself before you begin designing a site from scratch. Here are 10 questions every website designer should ask themselves before they start designing anything at all.

1) Do you know your target audience?

Your site has a lot to offer, but if you don’t know your target audience, you may spend time and resources designing for people who have no interest in your product or service. This doesn’t mean that you should design for one specific group of people. Instead, create a profile of someone within your target market, define their interests and find out what they want from your site—and then tailor it so they can get what they want quickly and easily. You may also want to include basic information about your company or organization on each page; if so, make sure to provide links that take users right back to your homepage.

2) How do you create something that fits the user’s needs?

The single biggest indicator of whether your website is going to be successful or not is the ability to create something that fits the user’s needs. Don’t get me wrong – you can have the most sophisticated design, a killer user interface, and offer the best products or services in your industry, but none of that matters if your users don’t find what they are looking for when they visit your site. But how do you create something that fits the user’s needs? You start by asking questions – lots of them.

3) Are there any problems with your web design approach?

Are there any problems with your web design approach? If you’re not getting good results, or if you think things could be better, then it’s probably time to look at how you are doing things. The same can be said for anyone who has a website, but does nothing about it. What is your web design approach? Is your current strategy working for you? Consider these questions: Are there parts of your website that are generating traffic and sales while others aren’t? Do visitors take action on any specific page or section of your site? If they do, what action is taken and by which kind of user? Identifying problem areas can give you insight into how to make web design improvements and tweaks in order to generate a better return on investment.

4) Have you ever analyzed your client’s competitors?

Sure, you know your client’s competitors. If you don’t know them intimately, then there’s no way that you could have a grasp on what makes them stand out in their niche. Not only should you analyze your client’s competition, but you should also compare your client to them. Are they able to beat out their competitors when it comes to overall popularity? What about engagement rates? How often are people sharing posts from each website? It’s important to understand exactly how much traffic your client is losing to their competitors so that you can help boost those numbers for them once their new site goes live. These metrics will ultimately show how well your design performs in terms of ranking and reach. ​

5) Is there anything you can improve on in your web development  management skills?

There is always something you can improve on. With digital technology changing so rapidly, there’s a lot to keep up with. The key is to seek out knowledge in many different areas, since digital design encompasses so much more than just website design and development. There are digital marketing skills, social media management skills, coding skills, user experience/user interface (UX/UI) design skills—the list goes on and on. You don’t need to be an expert in all of these areas (impossible), but you should strive to learn more about them as often as possible. What makes you qualified for your role?

6) What is your process and timeline management like?

When starting any project, an important question to ask is how you manage your process and timeline. Are you a very organized designer? Do you have trouble staying on schedule? What are your go-to tools and tactics? Knowing yourself is key when it comes to finding design work/life balance. Not all clients will be flexible with deadlines. It’s up to you to communicate clearly with clients and help them understand what they should expect from your process and timeline management. With clear communication, timelines can be managed more effectively and everyone wins!

7) Has there been a time when you made mistakes in coding?

Yes. There was a time when I made mistakes in coding and my most important thing to avoid it, is don’t take any risk of doing it and make a backup file just in case that you are about to make mistake. Of course, I need to accept my mistake when it happens and fix right away. Having multiple versions can help me solve these problems without time loss. At first, I used to do many mistakes while coding but now all gone due to proper backup system and also auto check in and self testing code blocks! Coding is very fun! Enjoy your coding 😉 .

8) Do you always keep up with technology, e.g. the newest design trends, security flaws, etc.?

Some of the top tech skills in demand today include user experience design, search engine optimization, and data analytics. Technology changes fast, so if you’re a web designer, it’s important to always keep up with the newest design trends and functionality offered by both programming languages and open-source tools. Being up to date also ensures you have security knowledge of the most recent vulnerabilities. If you can figure out how your design could better match user intent, it might be a good time to brush up on your SEO knowledge. Want to keep ahead of everyone else? Data analysts are needed for businesses that want to gain insight into customer behavior by looking at past interactions and trends with their company’s website.

9) If a client asked for too many revisions will you be able to accommodate their requests?

As a designer, you’re bound to hear no once in a while, but as long as your client is reasonable you should be able to accommodate their requests without too much hassle. Being prepared for any situation is key when it comes to running a successful business. If revisions are outside of your scope and unable to accommodate them for any reason, it's best practice to tell your client up front instead of taking on work that will end in disappointment.

10) How do you manage stress when work piles up?

The best way to manage stress is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Establishing good time management and organizational skills when you’re not under a deadline will help you stay on track during times of high pressure. If you’re finding yourself unable to stay focused on your work, take a break or look for a new task. Switching tasks often leads to diminished productivity, but taking a break and re-engaging with your work may allow you to tackle your project with renewed focus. You can also adopt stress-reducing habits that become routine over time. Setting aside dedicated me time every day can be extremely beneficial; even just 20 minutes of peaceful solitude can help improve performance and reduce stress levels overall.

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