How To Have Websites Built For You The Cheap Way
I know, I know.. I’m in the “web design” business. So why this subject? First and foremost I’m an Entrepreneur and a IT Professional and I understand that in this economy, you have to be budget conscience. Truth is, if you want to have professional designers custom build your site, you must be prepared to dish out at least a few hundred dollars. All this can change if you know where to find the best deals, the best designs for the lowest price. Here’s a rough guide:
First, you must understand that it is a rip off to get most companies to design websites for you. Have you ever seen those advertisements in newspaper classified ad sections that offer a 5-page website at $500? The Avg. website design cost is about $75 to $125 per page. That is for a basic design. These companies are established companies with physical locations, therefore they have to increase the amount they charge to pay off some overheads: office rent, designer’s wages, advertising costs and so on. Always review companies before you get locked into a web design contract or deal. The best way to do this would be to go to Website Magazine.com
Therefore, it would be wise to find freelance designers who work from home. That’s how I started and I still operate in that capacity. Most freelancers are often working from home so they do not have a high operation cost like that of a company. On the other hand, they will be able to design images with quality similar to those of designers from big companies, so it’s a “no-brainer” choice. Lower Costs= More money remains in your pocket.
However, choose freelancers with care. Before you sign or agree to anything, you should let the web designer review the specs of your website or give them a rough draft of what you think you want and let them present an abstract of your project and get them present a proposal and bid on your project. Shop around, so you get the best deal. Ask for portfolio and references. Doing this will help you you better choose the designers based on their experience, past transactions and customer feedback.
Another route you can take is to design your website yourself (DIY Web design). Think about it, if you only need 5 simple pages to present some simple information, why waste hundreds of dollars for it? Just spend a little time to sit down and do it yourself. You’ll be able to design your own sites even if you do not know a single line of HTML code with the help of WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) programs such as Microsoft Expression, Adobe Dreamweaver and so on.
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