Before Hiring a Financial Website Designer May 27, 2014 by Financial Advisor Website Design Here is a checklist to help you make an informed decision – before you hire a financial website design firm: There is a clear “Terms of Service” outlined by the designer posted on their website. You have NO ongoing monthly fees other than your “hosting” fee (no more than $8/month). A deposit is paid in the beginning and final payment is given after your have approved your website to GO LIVE. The website design firm has a functioning website and operate in the USA or Canada. Don’t forget to ask for examples of previous work done on similar financial advisor websites. Your hosting cost is less than $9/month for hosting with email. The control of your website is in your hands. Your internet hosting service is in your ownership and name. You are easily able to manage your website, and tutorials are provided, such that you can edit/change pages on your website quickly. Your financial website is built on the most current technology available, and with ‘open source’ software instead of ‘proprietary’ software owned by the web design firm. Your website includes a blog (allowing you to post articles and news on your website easily). You received a detailed written estimate for the project before you begin working together. You will be able to work directly with one person responsible for your website design from ‘start to finish’ (not call center staff). Your website is with a reputable hosting company in the USA/Canada which provides 24/7 telephone support.