How To Find The Right Web Designer

How To Find The Right Web Designer


Web designers are almost indispensable in today’s world since websites have become a serious platform for marketing and advertising goods or services. A website designer is basically the creator of a website. He or she is charged with the task of developing the layout and the overall look of the website. The designer is therefore someone with broad knowledge about many concepts since he needs to work with the entrepreneur to pick appropriate colors and appealing logos which match with the activities or the theme of the business. It is also his responsibility to discuss layouts of the website pages and create suitable mockups.    


However, choosing a web designer for one’s business remains very tricky even though there exist hundreds of thousands of websites advertising web design services. Nobody wants to recruit an incompetent designer who is unable to add value to a business or service. If you are looking to hire a web designer, you need to settle for one who will meet your needs without you losing your mind in the process. You don’t just need someone who is good at taking pretty pictures. You rather need a person who is able to organize your site’s content and set up layouts which meet the goals or requirements of your website. That said, it will be best for you to look up the differences between a designer, a developer, and an implementer because knowing them makes you determine the type of professional you are really in need of. Often, some entrepreneurs think that they should hire a website designer whereas what they are actually in need of is a website developer. Now let’s examine some qualities entrepreneurs should consider when hiring a web designer for their companies;

The Designer’s style

The designer’s style is a very important factor to take into consideration when hiring a web designer for your company. You need to find out if the designer’s style matches what you anticipate your site to look like. That said, you will need to go through the designer’s portfolio and note the items that catch your eyes. You should be able to know whether or not you are satisfied with the designer’s choice of colors, layouts or even logos. You don’t want to hire someone whose design appears off. Also, you can’t possibly have a modern website by hiring a web designer whose portfolio looks a bad episode of back to the future.



Site maintenance and Upkeep

Before you hire a web designer for your business, you need to be able to answer these two questions;

  • What is the kind of maintenance and upkeep my website need?
  • Can I do the maintenance myself or do I need to hire someone?

If you are hoping to make millions of dollars through your website, then its maintenance should be a continuous process. You do not want your website to appear archaic, inaccessible or unpleasant to users and visitors. You rather want your website to always be up to date especially if they require plugins or software to function. To put it simply, websites require constant attention and you obviously need someone for its maintenance and upkeep. Thus prior to hiring your web designer, find out whether or not he will be available to provide maintenance services for the website. You can equally opt to hire someone else for the website maintenance or in the worst case learn the tricks and do it yourself.


Availability of the designer for website revision

Websites are not static as they need revision from time to time. Before hiring your web designer, it is advisable to find out if he will be available to do changes especially in layout in the long run. While at it, keep in mind that the designer has no obligation to provide you free services which were not included in the initial contract you signed before hiring him. In as much as it is better to stick with one designer for the security of your website, it is equally important for you two to agree on whether or not he will be available to do revision for the website and at what cost. It is also worth noting that the values of services changes over time. Hence you don’t expect to pay your designer the same fee two or three years later.


Availability of the designer to develop the website

You should know if your potential web designer will be available to develop your website. This is where knowing the difference between a web designer and a web developer becomes very important. Although many web designers are also competent at web development, some may prefer to limit their job to just designing. They may rather chose to create mockups that will be coded into an actual site elsewhere. Some designers on the other hand may decide to partner with a developer to work in the entire project. Whatever the case may be, you need to choose the option which is suitable and affordable to you.

Type of design files

Your potential designer should open up to you about the types of files he is going to be using for your website. That said, the PSD and Al format mockups are highly recommendable. Also, your web designer should not have any problems giving you editable versions of your logo in either the PSD, AI, EPS, or PDF. Above all, the designer must have a license or permission if he intends to use any premium graphics or fonts in the design. You don’t want to be sued for having unauthorized graphics or photos on your website.

Not the right questions? You may not need a designer!

If you’re reading this thinking, These questions don’t even apply to my project!, it’s possible you need both a designer and developer or an implementer. As I mentioned, those labels can overlap, so there’s no perfect way to tell you what you need. Knowing the scope of your project and what you’ll want in terms of looks and functionality are key in finding the professional who is best qualified to help you.

If you do web work, how do you define yourself? Any tips you can share with those who are looking to hire a web professional?

Dream Design Labs a team of web designers, developers, and digital marketers.

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7 Reasons People Don’t Trust Your Website

These days it’s hard to decide which web design advice to believe. Everyone has the magic pill that will increase conversions and retain visitors longer etc… Well, here is an amazing info graphic that explains the importance of having your website up-to-date in order to build trust with your online customers.

7 Reasons People Don't Trust Your Website

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Opportunity will come and go, and so will you.

It’s key for a successful business to be aware of its industry, and be adaptable when need be. Any successful business does not get comfortable where it is now. Stability is an illusion in an unstable world. Be aware. Be adaptable.

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Orange County SEO Expert – #DDLtips 2


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– Today I am going to show you how to do research on your keywords!

1. Go to and sign up for free
2. Once signed in, click the main menu button “Tools”. Click “Keyword Planner”
3. Click “Search for new keywords using a phrase, website or category”.
4. Enter any keyword phrase in the first box, leave the rest as is, then click the blue button “Get Ideas”.
5. The next page will show amazing information!

This keyword planner tool is an amazing tool Google offers for free! You can see average searches per month, competition and more information. Check out data on some of your own keywords. If any of you get stuck along the way, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Orange County SEO Expert – 1st page of Google tips

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Orange County SEO Expert – Chances are you landed on this page because you are searching for information on how to become an EXPERT in SEO for your business! Becoming a wiz on this stuff is easier than you think, stay tuned!




We are creating a hashtag #DDLtips. Here we are going to be teaching you tips other web agencies don’t want you to hear! 😉 So, stay tuned folks!

“How can my website rank on the 1st page of Google with all the competition in my industry?!” I get asked this question all the time, and the answer is simple! There are thousands of keywords searched in your industry every single hour. You need to find the ones that are “uncharted territories”.  Yes, Walmart might have you beat on the main stream keywords, but if you focus on the right niche keywords, you will land on the 1st page of Google, and take advantage of thousands of new visitors! Amazing, right!?

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I’m really excited to share tips that will encourage, and inspire you to start pushing your SEO efforts forward! I’ll be posting these on Faebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Youtube, My blog and LinkedIn!

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The Secret To Getting Ahead Is Getting Started.

The Secret To Getting Ahead Is Getting Started.

This can’t be any clearer. Take action. Putting off your entrepreneurial dream one more day will turn into 1 year, 10 years, and before you know it, it turns into regret.

Don’t regret!

Contact me to chat about your business! If you don’t succeed, I don’t succeed.

So let’s do this.

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If everyone does SEO, how can I possibly rank on the first page of Google?

I recently was asked; “If everyone does SEO, how can I possibly rank on the first page of Google?”

I’m really glad that I got asked that question because it opens my eyes to how many people are missing out on this awesome way to get traffic! SEO is a really cool marketing tool for your business, that when done correctly can drive customers that are looking to buy your product or service right to your website!

To answer his question, one huge tip is using keywords that are long and specific! For example. Instead of using “How to lose weight” You use “How to lose weight in my belly in 30 days” This keyword is now laser targeted! You know this person wants to lose weight, you know its in their belly, and you know they want it quick! If you sell a weight loss program or service you now have gained traffic that already want a solution, and you have it!

If you found this helpful give me a like! If you would like to learn more cool tips FOR FREE, just contact me, and make sure to follow @dreamdesignlabs

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Why I Failed as a Student and Succeeded as an Entrepreneur

According to my high school report card, I shouldn’t be where I am today. My college GPA will concur. Ask around among my teachers and former classmates and they’ll probably recall me as a below average student, at best, and “that kid with learning disabilities,” at worst.

Growing up with dyslexia is no walk in the park, and it’s an open secret that schools are built to cater to one specific type of student.

For the rest of the world – the creative thinkers, the talented artists, the energetic athletes – sitting at a desk for hours on end, memorizing lists and analyzing information in a test taking format doesn’t necessarily compute with our skill set.

Personally, I found the theoretical nature of school studies antithetical to my own way of thinking. Who cares if Adam has ten green apples and Sarah has four less? The main question is, could Adam get Sarah to buy those apples off of him for more than he paid? Now that’s my kind of thinking.

I never could pick up on the etymology of obscure SAT words, and doing spelling homework with dyslexia is like trying to sew on a button with your toe – it just ain’t equipped for a job like that. But here’s the catch, the covert information that no one tells you as you suffer through years of feeling second class: succeeding in business requires completely different areas of proficiency than succeeding in school.

Most of the information that you learn in school is entirely irrelevant when you go out into the real world.

I don’t even use half the stuff I learned in my business marketing class and I spend all day marketing my businesses.

To succeed as an entrepreneur, you need to know how to market yourself and your product. You have to be able to sell. It’s important to be able to manage, so you can keep your burgeoning business afloat. You need people skills because there’s a lot of interpersonal interaction. Honesty, integrity and creativity are all major pluses. When was the last time your school tested you on how to give a firm handshake and a genuine smile? Believe it or not, lots of valedictorians can’t pull off these two crucial components of a business deal.

After I graduated college, I took my own $3,000 in savings and opened up my first business. I was 23 years old with no formal work experience and no prior knowledge of running a business, but I knew I had the drive and I definitely had the determination to make it work. I’m proud to say that seven years later, I’m still completely self-supporting.

My original business is going strong and I never took outside funding to help it along. I’m now also the founder of a technology company in the process of developing our own mobile apps. We have over five serious investors who have contributed more than $230,000 towards our development costs because they want a piece of what I have to offer. I may not be a millionaire, but I consider myself a success story in the business world.

To those out there who think success in school is a measure of future accomplishment, I am here to say, it is NOT.

Don’t look at your grades, your test scores, or your teachers’ opinions.

Don’t focus on your learning disabilities or your inability to remember immaterial dates and numbers. Not everyone is cut out for success in school and that’s okay: it’s not a true measure of what you can achieve.

If you’ve got drive, creativity, motivation, passion and the ability to push up your sleeves and get to work, then come join the Entrepreneur’s Club. We’ll be happy to have you and we don’t need your SAT scores to let you in; we know you can succeed no matter what number the College Board gave you.

I certainly did.

After graduating college, Donny Zanger began his first business, All Week Walls, a temporary pressurized wall company in the New York metro area. His company has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times. Most recently, he founded We Tile NYC, a premium tile company, and launched Backboard, a cloud-based storage and media sharing platform that is currently in development.

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On Friday, I Quit Google. Here’s Why


This isn’t the first time I quit my job, but it will be the last. Honestly, saying goodbye to Google was supposed to happen a year ago.  And six months before that. If you ask my friends, they’ll tell you that I’m kidding myself and Google is too good to let go. They’re right, but I promise you that this is it. On October 3rd I quit.

Is Google all it’s cracked up to be? No. It’s better.

The grass is greenest at the Googleplex, and I don’t have to bore you with the perks because they’ve been documented ad nauseum. I’m willing to bet my stock that no company treats their employees better, but it comes at a cost. My frat brother said something once that stuck with me, “The grass may be greener but you better believe the water bill is a lot higher!”

He was right.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m dealing with first world problems but they’re problems nonetheless. The challenge with Google, and any great company, is complacency. You sacrifice tomorrow’s potential for today’s pleasure.

Yes, I’m too comfortable (free food and personal masseuses, anyone?)

And life is too convenient (chauffeured shuttles with wifi to work? Yes please!)

But we’re too young to settle.

Be honest: do you love what you do? Probably not because most of us don’t enjoy our 9 to 5. I started on Wall Street and when I tell you I hated life, I HATED LIFE. Anyone that says they enjoy the long hours and indentured servitude that investment banking brings is lying to you.

Then again, we lie to ourselves everyday. The idea that you and I were meant to sit and stare at a computer screen all day is just wrong. But the road to what’s right is remote.

Here’s what it takes to quit your high paying job in pursuit of your dreams in a city as expensive as New York: ditching dinner with friends, lots of cheap beer, saving more than you spend, building a business on the side, 5hrs of sleep a night, no vacations, missing family functions, skipping weekend weddings, moving from Manhattan and dating? No time and couldn’t afford it anyways.

Who wants to do all that?

Who wants to give so much not knowing what they’ll get??

Who wants to sacrifice everything for the slim chance they could have anything???

Not me, but what I want doesn’t matter. To get this far I learned that there’s a difference between want and need. The secret? Self-control.

Building my blog has been my dream, and it’s taken more than a days work. It’s taken a few years to be in a position to leave my day job and I’ve been willing to wait.

“If you can wait and not be tired by waiting” ~Rudyard Kipling

Today’s timing isn’t perfect, and it never will be. You will always need more money and a perfect plan is hard to come by. What I know now is that today will never be the right time to lose the weight, start that business or find a new job. Neither will tomorrow.

Delays cast doubt, and you wind up disputing if it even makes sense to begin.


Make moves.

The reason why is simple: you are the CEO of your life. The decisions you make today will set the course of things to come. Do something today that will pay dividends down the road. I read once that you should do one thing every day that scares you. I can’t remember the last time I pushed past my limits.

What I know now is that you’ll never reach your potential until you assume some level of risk.

It doesn’t have to be your job, but leave something behind starting today. Stop settling for what’s good enough and make room for what’s great.

In time, what will you give up?

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10 Gutsiest Moves in Entrepreneur History

The common thread that binds all wannabe’s, first timers and serial entrepreneurs, is belief in an audacious notion or idea, and the courage to make that idea a reality. The 10 decisions made below were extremely tough decisions, which could have ended terribly, but later resulted in some of the biggest payoffs in tech history.


1. Elon Musk bets on Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors

When Tesla ran out of money in 2008, Elon Musk put the money he made from the sale of PayPal into Tesla. If it had failed, he wouldn’t have had a cent left to his name. Good thing it didn’t.


2. $1.65 billion for YouTube


YouTube had been struggling with legal issues and had no revenue. Google’s offer couldn’t have come at a better time. On the other hand, Google (who already had a video sharing site) looked to be taking a pretty risky investment. Today, Google generates a reported $3 billion yearly from the premier video site on the web.


3. Facebook turns down a combined $16 billion


While only two years old and still in its initial stages, Mark Zuckerberg was $1 billion for Facebook by Yahoo!, an offer he turned down. A year later, Microsoft offered him $15 billion, but still he said no. According to Zuckerberg, he still had “some work to do on the site”. It was a risk worth taking as his personal net worth is now higher than those original offers, and the company he built is valued at around $100 billion.


4. When Twitter rejected Facebook


Just as Zuckerberg rejected Microsoft and Yahoo!, Twitter also refused to sell out to Facebook, not once, but twice, and for the exact same reason. Twitter is currently valued at over $8 billion.


5. Putting all your eggs in one basket


InstallShield was just a small tech company, working out of a 10′ x 10′ office when CEO Viresh Bhatia decided to sink every dime the company had into one full-page color ad in PC Magazine. Their competitors were strong and well established, but he seemed spurred on by that fact and insisted the ad was located directly opposite Microsoft’s. Being placed next to the big boys showed customers they were at a similar level to them in the market place, and Bhatia later sold the company for $78 million.


6. Intel abandons memory chips


Until 1981, Intel built memory chips. However, due to competition from the Japanese market, they saw their profits fall from $198 million to just $2 million, making the memory chip business near impossible to conquer. They decided to completely change direction and move from memory chips to microprocessors, a move that paid off and has made them world-renowned industry leaders.


7. Launching the first iPhone


Not only did Apple have to build a phone from scratch with no previous phone experience, they also had to convince consumers that it was worth the buy. Having spent billions to get to the launch of the first ever iPhone, one insider said “The entire company was riding on the release being a success.” Fair to say, it was quite a success.


8. Microsoft makes games


While Microsoft knows a thing or two about software development, hardware was not its strongest suit. This was proven by the $4 billion loss they endured when they launched their first console. They got better and today, the Xbox 360 generates several billion dollars each year.


9. Investing in Photobucket


Chris Sacca earns a spot on the Midas list for his investment in Photobucket. At the time of investment though, he didn’t have any money. So, he took the speculative move of using his student loans and credit card to get the cash. Thankfully for him, the photo sharing site has grown in leaps and bounds and was acquired by MySpace for $250 million.


10. $1.6 million mortgage to buy a super bowl ad


Richard Johnson, the CEO of Hotjobs decided to take out a mortgage on his house to buy one single ad during the Superbowl. The response was immediate and HotJobs moved from being a struggling fledgling company in 1999, to being acquired by Yahoo 2 years later for half a billion dollars.



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