Things to be taken care of before approaching an website developer

Last week, I had a meeting with one of my strong prospect. The lead was a financial investment company. During the meeting, the client told me that they are looking forward to design and develop a dynamic website. So I had started discussing with the client on the functional part of the website (functionalities they would like to have in their website). The client said that they want 6 static and 2 dynamic pages. At first I thought that client is educated in this space and looks like they had a clear idea of what they want. Later I started asking them questions on their business so that I can understand it well and could design the system well and the client refused to give any information about it.

After asking a lot many times and trying to convince them why do I need to know, I got more information from them and that was 1. they need login page with three different categories and 2. What will be the content on the home page.

Client insisted me to provide them a rough quote depending on this information and I said I need more information to quote the project. They said that they won’t be able to provide me any more information on this and I have to quote on this information only and then only they will decide whether to work with us.

After having such a frustrating discussion, I decided to write a blog on things to be taken care of while approaching a web designer as you can see that the project cost is going to vary a lot depending on their requirement. We don’t know what will be there in the login part. They wanted 3 user levels so definitely all of their roles will be different and we don’t know how much data we need to process.

Things to be taken care of while approaching a web designer

1. Purpose of Website
2. Target audience of the website.
3. Goal of Website.
4. List down the different sections you want in your website
5. Provide information on your products and services you want to display on your website.
6. Provide information on how you want your website should work (If possible provide a rough flow chart or mind map)
7. Search for similar websites (functionality wise) and give their web address to your web designer.
8. Also provide list of website you want your website to look like (not necessary to be of same category)

Please feel free to reach me if you need any help. You can contact me on or visit or website


About Nikhil Rajhans

I am a very tech savvy person and works as a consultant in the field of Internet Marketing. I also run a offshore web development firm Umbrella Technologies.

Posted on March 30, 2010, in Website Design and Development and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. In your description above you have written “category”. can you please specify?

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