How to Choose the Best Website Company for Your Nonprofit

Making the Decision

While it would be nice if one web design company were the obvious choice, that might not be the case. Talking to many nonprofits over the years, we’ve learned that it can help to create a process that compares apples-to-apples as much as possible. It also helps to build internal buy-in by requesting and managing input before you make a final commitment.

If you’re looking for a decision-making process to use to select that perfect partner for your project, here’s what we recommend:

List Web Companies Icon

Create a list of potential web design companies and make an initial cut to reduce your options down to 3-5 based on your first impressions.

Set Up a Demo Icon

Set up a phone call or demo with each company so you can get to know them beyond their marketing material.

Download Our Comparison Spreadsheet Icon

Download and fill out our comparison spreadsheet to give each company a ranking based on your priorities and goals.

Ask for Additional Information Icon

Ask companies for additional information if need be. Try to talk to them directly so you can get a better sense of what they’d be like to work with.

Reflect on Goals for Website Icon

Reflect on the goals for your website and consider the approach that puts you on the path to where you want to be in the next 1-3 years.

Discuss Front Runners Icon

Discuss the remaining front-runner(s) with your organization’s key decision makers.

Get Final Approval Icon

Get any final approval you need and notify companies that you’ve made a choice.

 

Download Our Comparison Tool

Use our web design company comparison tool to rank your options based on the factors that are most important to your nonprofit.

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Go With Your Gut

If you get through your decision-making process and are still hopelessly stuck between two options, we tell people to go with their gut feeling. After all, it’s not like you haven’t done your homework! We know it can feel really daunting to be in this position, but it likely means you have two great options on the table.

Think back to questions about company fit and what it would be like to work with each company on your short list. Pick the one that you trust and makes you feel confident.

Ready to Choose?

Selecting a web design company can be overwhelming, but finding the right partner can make all the difference when it comes to reaching your goals. We hope this guide and the assessment tool get you where you want to go.

Even if we aren’t the right fit for your project, we can hopefully provide some value throughout the project. We hope you’ll check out more of our free nonprofit guides and our nonprofit marketing blog, where we publish weekly tips. Here are some posts you may have missed if you don’t already get our emails:

 

And here are a few guides that hopefully will prove helpful during your project:

 

Learn About Working with Wired Impact

We’ve taken years of experience building custom nonprofit websites and created a new web design process that keeps things affordable without skimping on features or support.

We’d love to hear more about your nonprofit and answer any questions you may have!

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