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Thinking About Hiring a Graphic Designer?

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Here are four questions to ask yourself before you do…

So, you want to hire a professional graphic designer for your website and marketing materials. You have narrowed it down to three graphic designers, but you are not sure who to hire for your project. Before you hire any graphic designer, there are a few questions you will want to ask yourself. Here they are below:

1) Is the graphic designer talented enough?

Most graphic designers are very talented, however, when you need graphic design work done for your business, you will want to make sure the designer is right for the job. Remember, first impressions are everything. Your company’s image has to be impeccable. Start by reviewing the graphic designer’s portfolio and decide if they are the right fit for your project.

2) Does the graphic designer have experience?

In addition to reviewing graphic design samples, you will want to ask the designer to provide you with 1 or 2 client references.  This will help you determine if he/she is someone you will want to do business with.

3) Are the graphic design rates reasonable?

In other words, are the graphic designer’s rates extremely expensive or very cheap? When a person’s rates are ridiculously low or too high than normal, this is usually a red flag.  For example, let’s say the average price of your design project is around $700-$900. A designer gives you a quote for $100. Naturally, anyone would want to go with the person who charges the cheapest rates …but you may not receive quality work. Always go with the happy medium when it comes to pricing.

4) Will the graphic designer provide me with quality work?

This is why you should never hire a graphic designer based solely on price. You will want to make sure the designer is capable of providing quality design work. Believe it or not, your website visitors and potential customers will judge the appearance of your website design and your marketing materials. So, you will want to make certain the graphic designer is able to produce quality work.

5 Important Questions to Ask a Web Designer

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

When choosing a web designer, it is recommended that you compare services and rates from at least 3-4 designers before making a final decision.  If you want your website built the proper way, you will need to take it one step further and ask the web designer a few important questions before signing the dotted line.

Here are 5 important questions to ask a web designer:

  1. Have you ever built websites like the one I want built? Let’s say that you want an ecommerce site built. You will want someone who specializes in building ecommerce sites. If you hire someone who has never built an ecommerce site, you are wasting your time and money.
  2. Can you provide me with at least 2 references from companies that you have built websites for? Sometimes consumers will read the website testimonials and call it a day. You will want to ask for verifiable references from previous customers.
  3. Does your web design company only use web templates? Many web design companies use only web templates. If you want a professional looking website with maximum functionality, you will want a web designer who can provide custom web design services.
  4. Can you create a logo for my website? Having a well designed logo for your website is important for your brand image. Ask your prospective web designer if he or she provides logo design services. You will find that many web design companies like 8Consulting provides logo design services.
  5. What is the time frame? The amount of time it takes for your site to be built depends on the complexity of the site. Normally, a small professional website takes up to 20 days.

Finding the right web designer to build your site doesn’t have to be complicated. When you ask your prospective web designer the questions above, their answers will help you determine who to hire.  Remember, the key to having a well

What to consider when deciding between a static or dynamic website

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Now that you’ve decided to make a website for your business, you are ready to take the next big decision: the scope. How thorough or detailed your website is going to be? What features and functionality do you want it to provide? Will it also be an e-commerce solution? Questions like these and many others will need to be answered in the planning stage to ensure that your website is created exactly according to your requirements, functions smoothly and fulfills its purpose.

A major decision in website creation is choosing between a static and dynamic website. These two don’t have to be mutually exclusive- you could have static as well as dynamic sections or pages within the same website. But on the whole, websites can usually be categorized as either ‘static’ or ‘dynamic’. What these words essentially mean for your website is that a static website is one that is developed using just html and is WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get): whatever you develop in html is exactly what will appear to the end user without any functions like individual customization or interactivity.  A dynamic website, on the other hand, is one that is developed with server-side languages (such as PHP, ASP, Coldfusion etc). These scripts draw content from your website’s internal database- or content management system- and display it based on the end user’s actions. This allows for a ‘dynamic’ experience for your visitors who can interact with your website- whether it’s through forms, blog postings, message boards, an online store or personalized user accounts etc. This is a sharp contrast from content on a static website which is just displayed to the user and they can’t ‘play around with it’.

The best option for your website could be either static or dynamic- and even a mixture of both. But what it really depends on is your requirements and constraints. If your website will be used for just providing information (for instance, you just want to have pages that tell a little about yourself, display a bunch of images and provide contact information), a static website is probably the right choice for you. Static websites also usually cost less and provide you with flexibility to change up the design on every page of your website. On the down side, you’ll always need to update the website’s development code to make changes, extensions or updates. And that might require you to call upon your developer, time and time again.

If you want to enable user interaction for your site (especially if you want to have an e-commerce component) and make it a dynamic experience, you may need to pay a bit more for a dynamic website. However, a dynamic website is generally far more engaging and useful for your visitors and you can usually easily make updates and changes yourself by simply using your browser. You could add additional product categories and items without the need to changing existing code or creating more pages. You could post news and updates by just clicking the ‘post’ button. Moreover, your users could personalize your website according to their preferences. The possibilities of a dynamic website are endless.

Both static and dynamic websites serve certain purposes and either could be a complete solution for your needs. Take the time to discuss what will be the right choice for you with your designer.

8 Consulting's Hairy Story

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

How we became web designing experts for the hair industry

Recently, we had the opportunity to work on several hair-product websites. Our clients sell a vast range of hair products- everything from wigs, weaves, synthetic extensions and human hair to shampoos, relaxers and other beauty products. Correctly identifying the importance of a web presence and the benefits of e-commerce, our clients wanted us to create high quality websites for them that could not only help them attract more customers but also enable them for effectively and efficiently selling their products online. To that end, we started working on perfectly customized websites for each one of clients. Here are some interesting details on three of our biggest success stories:

WWW.HAIRWEAVON.COM

HairWeavon proclaims itself as a provider of quality hair extensions for black women. As our client, they wanted us to build a website that could complement this claim through a compelling design, prominent placement of their products and strengths and a customer-centric focus. To accomplish that objective, we included a blog on the website. Now the HairWeavon staff is easily able to post updates about new hair products, offerings and other information with a few simple clicks. We also included a nifty currency and language converter for the HairWeavon store to assist international customers. Thanks to such features, customers are not only instantly notified of the newest HairWeavon products but are able to browse through the products with the convenience of their own language and currency. The result? Sales at HairWeavon have reached a new high!

WWW.UNIQUEHAIREXTENSIONS.COM

For Unique Hair Extensions, we truly went beyond basic web design. Like with HairWeavon, we created an online store for Unique Hair Extensions but, keeping in mind our particular client’s customer base, we also included options for wholesale/distributor and retail sales.  Our client at Unique Hair Extensions also appreciated the built-in article manager we incorporated in to the website. And to top it off, we created an impressive flash animation, featuring Unique Hair Extensions’ top products, and displayed it prominently on the website. It was a lot of hard work but it was totally worth it when we experienced the final result and secured ourselves yet another satisfied client.

WWW.KOBOHAIREXTENSIONS.COM

Our web design for Kobo Hair Extensions features an elegant understated look and a streamlined structure. The content on the Kobo website is neatly organized in several visible categories and visitors can easily click through to the section that interests them the most.  Since Kobo Hair Extensions deals in a variety of hair products, we wanted to make sure we covered all of its offerings and created a website that could truly be the one stop shop for customers of hair products.

Be sure to visit our clients’ websites discussed above and let us know what you think. And if you want us to design your own hair product site, feel free to contact us at any time.

8CONSULTING’S HAIRY STORY

How we became web designing experts for the hair industry

Recently, we had the opportunity to work on several hair-product websites. Our clients sell a vast range of hair products- everything from wigs, weaves, synthetic extensions and human hair to shampoos, relaxers and other beauty products. Correctly identifying the importance of a web presence and the benefits of e-commerce, our clients wanted us to create high quality websites for them that could not only help them attract more customers but also enable them for effectively and efficiently selling their products online. To that end, we started working on perfectly customized websites for each one of clients. Here are some interesting details on three of our biggest success stories:

WWW.HAIRWEAVON.COM

HairWeavon proclaims itself as a provider of quality hair extensions for black women. As our client, they wanted us to build a website that could complement this claim through a compelling design, prominent placement of their products and strengths and a customer-centric focus. To accomplish that objective, we included a blog on the website. Now the HairWeavon staff is easily able to post updates about new hair products, offerings and other information with a few simple clicks. We also included a nifty currency and language converter for the HairWeavon store to assist international customers. Thanks to such features, customers are not only instantly notified of the newest HairWeavon products but are able to browse through the products with the convenience of their own language and currency. The result? Sales at HairWeavon have reached a new high!

WWW.UNIQUEHAIREXTENSIONS.COM

For Unique Hair Extensions, we truly went beyond basic web design. Like with HairWeavon, we created an online store for Unique Hair Extensions but, keeping in mind our particular client’s customer base, we also included options for wholesale/distributor and retail sales. Our client at Unique Hair Extensions also appreciated the built-in article manager we incorporated in to the website. And to top it off, we created an impressive flash animation, featuring Unique Hair Extensions’ top products, and displayed it prominently on the website. It was a lot of hard work but it was totally worth it when we experienced the final result and secured ourselves yet another satisfied client.

WWW.KOBO

How we became web designing experts for the hair industryRecently, we had the opportunity to work on several hair-product websites. Our clients sell a vast range of hair products- everything from wigs, weaves, synthetic extensions and human hair to shampoos, relaxers and other beauty products. Correctly identifying the importance of a web presence and the benefits of e-commerce, our clients wanted us to create high quality websites for them that could not only help them attract more customers but also enable them for effectively and efficiently selling their products online. To that end, we started working on perfectly customized websites for each one of clients. Here are some interesting details on three of our biggest success stories:

WWW.HAIRWEAVON.COM

HairWeavon proclaims itself as a provider of quality hair extensions for black women. As our client, they wanted us to build a website that could complement this claim through a compelling design, prominent placement of their products and strengths and a customer-centric focus. To accomplish that objective, we included a blog on the website. Now the HairWeavon staff is easily able to post updates about new hair products, offerings and other information with a few simple clicks. We also included a nifty currency and language converter for the HairWeavon store to assist international customers. Thanks to such features, customers are not only instantly notified of the newest HairWeavon products but are able to browse through the products with the convenience of their own language and currency. The result? Sales at HairWeavon have reached a new high!

WWW.UNIQUEHAIREXTENSIONS.COM

For Unique Hair Extensions, we truly went beyond basic web design. Like with HairWeavon, we created an online store for Unique Hair Extensions but, keeping in mind our particular client’s customer base, we also included options for wholesale/distributor and retail sales.  Our client at Unique Hair Extensions also appreciated the built-in article manager we incorporated in to the website. And to top it off, we created an impressive flash animation, featuring Unique Hair Extensions’ top products, and displayed it prominently on the website. It was a lot of hard work but it was totally worth it when we experienced the final result and secured ourselves yet another satisfied client.

WWW.KOBOHAIREXTENSIONS.COM

Our web design for Kobo Hair Extensions features an elegant understated look and a streamlined structure. The content on the Kobo website is neatly organized in several visible categories and visitors can easily click through to the section that interests them the most.  Since Kobo Hair Extensions deals in a variety of hair products, we wanted to make sure we covered all of its offerings and created a website that could truly be the one stop shop for customers of hair products.

Be sure to visit our clients’ websites discussed above and let us know what you think. And if you want us to design your own hair product site, feel free to contact us at any time.

HAIREXTENSIONS.COM

Our web design for Kobo Hair Extensions features an elegant understated look and a streamlined structure. The content on the Kobo website is neatly organized in several visible categories and visitors can easily click through to the section that interests them the most. Since Kobo Hair Extensions deals in a variety of hair products, we wanted to make sure we covered all of its offerings and created a website that could truly be the one stop shop for customers of hair products.

Be sure to visit our clients’ websites discussed above and let us know what you think. And if you want us to design your own hair product site, feel free to contact us at any time.