When you’re looking for a web designer, the first thing you will do is, “Google” it. That is the first step in the ‘My word, there are hundreds… thousands of people that make web sites; who do I choose?”
The answer is quite simple really. Turn Google off! Yup, turn it off and ask friends, colleagues, customers if they know anyone that makes websites, someone they have used in the past and were happy with.
Every single web designer on Google will tell you they are the best, will have lovely shiny photos and samples of their work. The sites will probably have really positive reviews from people you have never met, or ever will meet.
Trust the people in the ‘real world’ to point you in the right direction… don’t choose a designer until you know that they can do what you need them to do.