Volume 12, Issue 4 - July/August 2008

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Choosing a Designer and Writing an RFP
By MANNY HONDROULIS

Registering your domain name and selecting a hosting account are easy first steps toward website creation. Developing content and gathering pictures is a bit more difficult, especially if you don’t enjoy writing or photography. But once you have done so, the next step is to put the design and implementation of your website out to bid so you can get the most value for your web dollar. Window film dealers often receive requests for proposals (RFP) from general contractors (GC) to bid on window film projects. A GC distributes a specification, including information on the glass and frame, as well as film requirements and the scope of work. Creating a website is no different. You will need to write your specification so that your web designer knows what you expect of the finished product and so that you know how much it will end up costing.

Once you have your RFP written, finding candidates for web design is easy. Internet searches, Craig’s List, and local colleges
are great sources. Once you have a list of candidates, send them a copy of your RFP with a deadline date for reply and wait for
responses. Remember that an RFP is for you and your web designer to set the expectations and mutual obligations. WF

Manny Hondroulis is marketing manager for Energy Products Distribution in Baltimore. Mr. Hondroulis’ opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those of this magazine. If you have questions, e-mail Manny at mhondroulis@epdwindowfilm.com.

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