It's not 'just' a website - Part 3: How to commission an agency - tips from 2idesign

Everyone agrees: a website should look nice. But to be successful, a website has to tick several other boxes. It should work on an editorial design level, be well-defined, organised, intuitive and clear. Otherwise, you end up with a website that is difficult to use and with little substance.

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The 2idesign team has come up with a checklist for you to run through before you entrust an agency with your website design project.

We'll be posting weekly over the next four weeks. Here is our third post:


Can you edit the site?

A website is only as good as it is easy to update. Is the administration area intimidating and confusing and overwhelming? Ask to see how it will look. We edit the administration area to make it more accessible and user-friendly.



Once the website is live and paid in full, you, the client owns the site. Why not ask for a full backup of the website. You should have the ability to transfer your site to another host. 


Do they outsource?

Does the agency have the skills to build websites inhouse or are they giving the project to a freelancer? We keep the design and build inhouse so we can control quality and deadlines.


SSL Certificates

All websites must have an SSL certificate. They encrypt the data passing between you and the website. Users can be blocked accessing your site by their browser if you don't have an SSL certificate. 




A creative design agency for all shapes and sizes

2idesign is a Creative Design Agency based in St John's Innovation Centre, specialising in website design, branding and publishing. As designers, we design print and digital solutions for start-up and established corporate companies as well as publishers. Our integrated approach to creative design, project management and editorial is unique, and the professionalism of our client base echoes this.


If you would like more information, please contact us…


UNIT 2.08

St John's Innovation Centre 

Cowley Road

Cambridge CB4 0WS

t. 01223 421016


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