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Donegal Web Designers based in Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal-county-crestSometimes a simple web design theme is all that is required, something that has been created before with a few modifications for you, right off the shelf. Customised design is certainly more time consuming and is a more expensive investment in your business. However it is much more effective and certainly really worthy of consideration. The main thing is that you do find web designers who are competent and trustworthy, not just someone selling a low priced, low quality option and a handful of misguided promises, just because they think it what you want to hear. Your business website design is too important to leave in the hands of an amateur. It is your shop or office window online. How do you want to look? If you want to look cheap and slow or inefficient, then hire the low cost option. If you want to look professional and well qualified, then engage a professional web design agency, ideally one in Donegal, with a local team of web developers and website designers.

As well established Donegal Web Designers, based at Ballyraine in Letterkenny Co Donegal, we work with design themes if necessary and we also with talented local Donegal graphic designers, so talk to us about what you need for your particular project. We only work with Clients where we feel we can create a good return on any investment by them. We have happy web design Clients in Killybegs, Mountcharles, Donegal Town, Bundoran, Ballybofey, Letterkenny, Buncrana, Fanad, Ros Guill, Bunbeg, Annagry, Ardara and lots of towns in between, right across the county. And in all or most counties of Ireland. Check out website design portfolio – see Our Work.


 Can a Graphic Designer also do effective Web Development ?

MeanIT Graphic Design vs Web DevelopmentNo, is the short answer. Graphic Design is a left brain activity, whereas Web Development is a right brain area. Most web developers fancy themselves as graphic designers and create poor or mediocre design at best. Same with Graphic designers, many think that they can create a website design and then put it on the web and it will just work forever – wrong ! Ferrari do not ask their designers to physically build the car, nor do they ask auto mechanics to design it. Good web design agencies try to employ a good senior graphic website designer and a good senior web developer, two very difficult positions to fill well, so very few manage to do it. Even if they do, they rarely hold on to the staff very long. So, getting the right web design agency is critical for any long term engagement.

Just accept that you could employ two people, but ensure that they can work together. The Graphic designer could develop something that will cost more to build, unless they talk to the Web Developer about the best layout first. Between them they will work together to keep costs down. Any Graphic Designer who is not used to working in Web Design, will generally design for Print, which will lead to poor web design and low conversion of visitors for you. Get a web designer that can show loads of examples of website design work done, with happy clients, similar to the work you want done yourself. Also check out their “style” to see if you like it. They all have their own design style, so you want to be sure that you like it. Generally, their “Look” is going to show through all their work. Web developers are the same, they like one code or one website platform more than any other, so they will work with .Net or Joomla or WordPress. These are very different platforms, so get advice on which is best for your project. Ideally, get a dependable web design agency in Donegal, which has the experienced team to to handle the entire project for you, from planning to web design, web development to SEO Search Engine Optimisation, Digital Marketing and ongoing website support.

Can you get a website developed offshore and save you money?

Yes, absolutely. And most so called web design agencies in Donegal and throughout Ireland actually offshore the work because it is so much cheaper than paying someone living in Donegal in Ireland. Does it work well? It is certainly cheaper, but no it generally does not work out well. Normally, it leads to the pain of having to get a website done again in a year or two when you realise you made a mistake. Before you pick a web design agency, visit their offices, meet their team. Talk to their developers and designers and project managers. This is too important a decision to make and get5 wrong. Where is your accountant based? Do you offshore your workers or are they based locally? Where do you get your car serviced? Where would you get a hip replacement in Letterkenny University Hospital, Blackrock Clinic or in some Eastern European country for half the price. With important decisions it is important not to gamble and hope for the best. And your choice of website designers for your business is an important decision, just like getting a hip replacement.

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Written by Michael MacGinty

Michael is a well known speaker, author and coach on how to use the web to grow a business. He is also WP Elevation certified as a Digital Business Consultant.
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