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Designers

Read the previous post again if you're interested in knowing which franchise the poster was talking about. Consider both WSI and AIS Media partners/franchise owners are trying to run a business. it's not in the best interest of these folks to disparage the systems they have bought into themselves.

If you are a small/medium sized business owner or a VITO then I'd suggest you look for the following:
1) Ask the designer for specific work *they* have done.
2) Find out how portable the site is once it has been designed *and* developed. In other words, make sure you are not required to go through them for either updates or for a simple thing like hosting.
3) Shop around. It is always in your best interest to get three bids. While this approach may not be the best for the sole proprietor/franchise owner of web consultancy, it's best to protect yourself.
4) Ask for references/testimonials and talk with them. Ask them questions to see if it's a similar fit to your situation *and* make sure they are not just buddies looking out for a friend.
5) Network and find what worked for other business owners. There's tons of resources from the local chamber of commerce to networking groups like BNI.

In a nutshell, if you spend your good money on a web design/development/etc/etc, you need to know that you are getting your money's worth.

Hope that helps and good luck!

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