You could easily put up your own social networking website. Just go to MySpace and pick out a template, a font to match, and upload your personal information, photos and other related items. However, it may not look as professional as you want it. In fact, it may look so tacky that you will hardly get any visitors.

So what do you do instead? Hire a designer to create your social networking website. The only problem is, you don’t know anyone that is in this line of work. That right there can pose a problem. You don’t want to just pick anyone. There are certain qualifications that one must have to do professional work in order to attract a large base of visitors and customers to your webpage.

First, you have to determine what the designed needs to have before you even settle on one. They should have the following qualities: professionalism, sense of imagination and high quality work. Those three things can get them in the door easily than others. It’s also a good thing if they can help position your website to rank high in the search engines. Wouldn’t it be great if your website could always be in the top 10 of Google?

It may take you a while, but once you find one, check them out from head to toe. One of the first places you’ll want to look for someone that fits the profile is to ask people for referrals. See if they know anyone who can do web design professionally. Usually the person that referred you will get a discount from that designer. So it ends up being a win-win situation for all parties involved.

If you don’t find one that way, check the yellow pages. Sometimes you can find a few that you can cold call. The designers should also have their URL listed with their ad. Set up appointments to meet with them.

They should bring a portfolio of some of their work to show you. Don’t be afraid to check out their history and ask for references. Ask questions about their work. They should be able to provide you with truthful answers. If they can’t do that, then you know to look for someone else.

You should also inquire about their prices. See how much they charge for their work. Remember that these people are professionals, so you can’t expect to pay chump change for quality work. Another thing that’s good is if they are good at search engine optimization. Anyone can take website software and create a website. What matters is if you can make the website and webpages stand out to attract visitors.

Ask them for testimonials. They should be more than happy to show you or direct you to their website . It’s important that you find a designer that can communicate with you about what you want or need as the client, and how they can do it to make it stand out. It may take a while, but once you’ve found the right one, you’ll be in business sooner than you think!