What to ask a client for when designing a proffessional Website?

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Hello beloved Warriors. I just wanted to start off by letting you know how much of Rockstars you all are. I have received my first order to build a website and I was wondering if you could list some of the more pertinent and important info to ask a client for when building a new website for them. I would like to build them a professional looking site that will attract and wow their potential clients.

This is website is going to be built for a new law firm.
I was wondering if anyone might be able to produce a list of basic questions to ask clients.

Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author neilward
    I always ask for;
    1) List of sites they like the look of
    2) colour scheme
    3) main photo's they want on the site
    4) Do they want to be able to update the site themselves if so what parts?
    5) List of main keywords that they would like to be at the top of Google for.
    6) Address, tel number
    7) pages they want and content on each page.
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  • Profile picture of the author tomm
    The trick is to not ask too many questions, it all depends on the client really.. maybe they hired you because they don't have time to answer questions and they expect you to figured it all out and get it done.

    You could build the site, show them and then they will be able to tell you what they want changed
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    • Profile picture of the author neilward
      Originally Posted by tomm View Post

      The trick is to not ask too many questions, it all depends on the client really.. maybe they hired you because they don't have time to answer questions and they expect you to figured it all out and get it done.

      You could build the site, show them and then they will be able to tell you what they want changed
      This is a bad idea... you are talking about a clients image on the web. Sure I have had to talk some clients out of some bad bad ideas in the past but a web designer is not there to unilatirally make decisions on a businesses website. If you ask a client what they want and then improve on it you will not go wrong.
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      • Profile picture of the author tomm
        Originally Posted by neilward View Post

        This is a bad idea... you are talking about a clients image on the web. Sure I have had to talk some clients out of some bad bad ideas in the past but a web designer is not there to unilatirally make decisions on a businesses website. If you ask a client what they want and then improve on it you will not go wrong.
        It's all a guess because we don't know how he got hired but my guess is when he got hired the client already told what he wanted, from there just build the site, and make adjustments after showing the first version.. always worked for me!!

        But like I said we don't know what kind of client is that, so there's no good or bad idea when you don't know the specifics
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  • There are a lot of questions you need to ask your client before starting the project but ,most likely the client already knows what they want and what they don't want to have in their website. Bit here are some questions you may ask:

    What’s your business all about?
    What problems does your business solve?
    What sets your business apart from your competition?
    What do you want visitors to do on your site?
    When do you need the site completed?
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  • Profile picture of the author LeadGenie
    This is all very valuable information so far.
    Thank you so much.
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  • Profile picture of the author ImagineMonkey
    As a web designer, I find that you'd want to ask them some basic information such as:

    Example websites
    Color-Scheme
    Amount of pages
    Who is their competition (check out their websites)
    What type of key words do their competition use?
    Type of software they feel they'd benefit from

    Always be their "Go-To" guy. Give them ideas on what you think would look good as a professional. I always try to make my clients feel comfortable with me, and let them know that I have experience in this line of work. Sometimes they want that, because with so many options out there it can be difficult for them to settle on any one design idea or layout option.

    Feel free to PM me if you want any more advice. I'm always looking to teach and network.
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