May be you had a bad experience with a web designer/developer. You statement is quiet bold "most do half ass work". I think some people in the industry and clients may not agree.
True, you could probaly find many designers that will quote you a low price, and just throw up a website, and leave you. But, it`s a complete different experience when you do work with an expert in this field. I would NEVER think about doing my own site, without having the knowledge and experience that is needed, to exist and succeed on the internet. Thank God, for proffesionals in this field!
p.s. thanks Roland
Yes, unfortunately people can get good and bad results by using the varous freelancer sites.
Finding a good person to work with is not an easy task. As has been discussed here and other forums, it is always good to check out the references of anyone you may choose AND have a long talk with them about your needs and goals for your website and your business.
The web designer certainly needs to have the skills, but there should be a "fit"...that is, find someone who you can work with as a partner interested in your website success.
Yes, I did my due diligence. I had too, I learned from a couple of bad experiences I had with other developers. So, I do agree, it can be difficult to find someone. Forums can be very helpful. I actually found Roland on another forum. I read a lot of his posts before contacting him. I took a leap of faith. After talking with him, I felt confident in his knowledge and experience. I trusted him, which I find to be an important part in the decision factor.
and... we are a good fit! He is an integral part of our online success.
Also kudos to Nikole too. She spends a lot of time sharing, what she knows here.