1. Platforms: Make sure that the web agency is building sites on non-proprietary platforms like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal. This will make sure that your new site isn’t “handcuffed” to that particular company should the relationship go sour.
  1. Responsive Design: Make sure that the websites being built by this new agency are responsive or mobile friendly. This means that the website “responds to” the device that is asking for the site to be displayed. This will make sure that your new site looks good on mobile devices, tablets, laptops, desktops, etc.
  1. Local: Make sure to support local companies that hire local employees and contractors. Just because work can be “farmed out” doesn’t mean that it should be. Often working with local companies can cut down on communication issues, turn-around time for changes, and ultimately creates a better product.