What are some other websites I like, and why?
Knowing the answer to this question will greatly help you and your web designer. A good analogy for this is when you go in to get a haircut. You may browse through magazines to find styles that you like and then bring them into the hairdresser so that you don’t have to tell them what you want, you can show them. And a picture really can be worth a thousand words.
Being aware of other websites that you like and, maybe even more importantly, being able to pinpoint why you like them so much, will give you a better sense of what you actually prefer, and what you want your website to look like and how you want it to function. The idea here is not to copy someone else’s work (which is a big no-no, even in web design) but give you an idea of what you’re drawn to. That way you won’t create an entire site, or have a designer create one for you, only to find in the end, you really dislike the final product.