Web Design Agency in San Francisco, CA (SF) —October 2019
Website Design Companies in the SF Bay Area for startups, B2B, SMB, enterprise, SaaS and small businesses.
UPDATED: October 14, 2019
Every business these days must have a website. Whether it is a small startup in a garage or a middle-sized company, it should have a presence in the digital environment, aka the Internet. Websites serve different purposes, mostly related to the marketing aspects of a product, brand, or service. They tell stories, promote, educate, sell, and more. Depending on the goal, they called corporate, e-commerce, marketing and portals.
While people who run companies focused on developing their business profits and not necessarily have an in-house design team, web design firms exist to fill this gap and let the founders run their companies while agencies create stunning websites that help the business have a perfect facade online.
We surfed through a list of agencies and tried to find some that might be a good fit for tech projects from the San Francisco Bay Area. Most of them have a pretty solid portfolio. We highly recommend contacting them for your next web project and make sure they are a good fit.
Frequently asked questions when hiring an external web design team
Q: How much does website design cost?
A: All web agencies focus on different types of clients. Some of them are funded startups looking to design an MVP version of the website, others are SMB clients seeking to refresh their online presence and standing out on the market. Different goals require different approaches to the design. As a result the price depends on that. Based on our research, a new corporate website (aka marketing website) may cost from $50,000 to more than $150,000. In addition to the budget, make sure to allocate around 3 months of your time on managing the process, participating on weekly stand-ups and calls with the agencies. Any agency can’t design a website in isolation, they constantly need input from a decision-maker on client’s side.
Q: How web design process usually go?
A: The process varies but a standard approach usually includes the following steps:
- Website structure
- Design concept
- Visual design
- Front-end development
- 3rd party integrations
Q: Which technology stack should I use for a website?
A: Depending on goals, an agency can create a website design in Sketch or Figma and then implement the front-end in ReactJS or Gatsby. If the website has no complex 3rd integrations, it can be developed on Webflow.
Q: How can I manage my content on the website?
A: Web design firms use different tools and services, but the most popular these days is a ‘headless’ CMS approach when every webpage consist blocks that are reused across other pages and the content of these blocks is editable through a CMS like Contentful or DatoCMS. They allow to change content like text, images and even add or delete more blocks on the website without involving a front-end developer. We think it is a good middle ground between very user-friendly CMS like WordPress and fully custom html/css/js website with no CMS at all.
Q: Beyond the list above, how to find and hire web designers online?
A: One of the options would be to find them at design community websites like Bēhance (by Adobe), Dribbble, Google Search.