If you’ve been wondering how to make your own website, there’s a good chance that you’ve discovered how complex and difficult the process can be. While many basic sites are simple enough that a new webmaster can build them without help, business sites, social hubs and creative showcases are much more complicated.
If you’re putting together a site that will be the foundation of your online business or organization tech web post, you may need to hire a web designer. Finding the perfect person for the job can be tricky, however. Here’s a short list of some of the best places to find a freelancer or a web design company that can provide the skills and experience your new site needs.
Traditional job websites like SimplyHired and Monster aren’t just for long-term hiring. They also allow you to provide short-term employment for designers in your area or across the country. Simply post your job as a contract position or project, then take applications. The downside of using employment sites is that posting on them can frequently be very expensive.
These are the most obvious solution when you’re looking for a freelancer. Pages like Elance, Odesk and Guru allow you to quickly and easily sort through the profiles of a wide range of designers. You can hire one directly from his or her profile or post your job and allow qualified professionals to bid on the job. Freelancing sites also include a mechanism to ensure that you get the work you expected and the freelancer gets paid on time; many hold your funds in escrow until you have approved the site. The downside of using this method of finding web designers is that you’ll pay an extra fee for the privilege.
Major technical blogs and other websites often include job boards for their readers. That means that you can visit sites like Wired and Slashdot not just for the articles, but also for a competent freelancer. Simply register for the job board and post your preferred job. You’ll do best if you choose a site that has content similar to the work you want performed; very technical sites will attract more web programmers and developers, design-oriented sites appeal more to professionals who specialize in graphics.
There is an epic battle being fought on the Internet between the mighty forces of the left-brain ‘analytarians’ (those who worship at the feet of the almighty Google analytics) and the upstart underdog right-brain creatives. Lines have been drawn in all out trench warfare leaving the under-manned creatives scrambling for evidence to back their claims of superior marketing influence and impact.
Woe is the plight of the poor creative who dares to challenge the influence of the Great & Powerful Google and its vast cadre of graduate math majors armed to the teeth with a dizzying array of numbers and statistics, all presented in pretty, colorful charts and graphs. Which side are you on: the left-brainers with their B52 size statistical bombs filled with numbers that can be interpreted in any way that suits their purpose like your morning astrological advice, or the lowly right-brainers only equipped with research papers from neurobiologists, psychologists, and various other social scientist types who actually study human behavior? This is war, and it’s a dirty business to be sure.
Business is often described in terms of war strategy and to be sure the spoils do go to the winner, but like war, the winner is not always on the side of right, and by right I mean correct. But first a cautionary note: if you are looking for “The Seven Immutable Bulleted Points Guaranteed To Help You Find Your Marketing G-Spot,” you can forget it, that’s a secret I’m not prepared to divulge; however what I am prepared to do is tell you a story about a monkey, a monkey that will tell you more about the influence and impact of experiential Web video marketing than any reading of the analytic tea-leaves.