I have seen all those commercials where I can build my own website for free. Why shouldn’t I just do that?
I am sure that you have seen the ads for companies who promise you that you can build your ‘Free’ website. Well I have always been told “You get what you pay for” and that is usually true. I have also done some research and these websites are not really free. They maybe be free to setup but if you want to keep them there are monthly fees, as well as fees if you want to use your own domain name, etc. Down the road, when you decide you want to move to another host, or another website developer, you will also find out that you do not own your website and cannot take it with you.
How much does a website cost?
Answer: Well, how much does it cost to build a house?
No, they are not as expensive as a house, but the cost depends on what you want in your website.
Our web projects are custom designs and since everyone’s needs are different we cannot give you a one-size-fits-all pricing schedule. Each project is quoted on an individual basis.
Should I just choose the cheapest option and go with that?
If your website is costing you too little (or free), then chances are your your website will not be what you need. Stop being cheap, because you get what you pay for. If you still think your website quote is too much, eventually you might just come crawling back to the web designer that you thought was too expensive. Only now you’ll have to pay for a good web designer plus the money you wasted on your really cheap web designer. This includes those ‘free’ websites offered by many companies now. (see above)
My friend offered to make me a website for free (or really cheap). Why should I turn that down?
You do not want to hire someone who is web designer part time, as a side job, or as a favor to friends and family. They will eventually become too busy with their full time job to finish your project, or to respond to your questions. Hire someone who has their own website, with a portfolio of the work they have completed and references, and preferably not someone you found on Craigslist or someone from another country who has convinced you they can do it cheaper. You want someone reliable and local.
Why can’t I just build my own website?
You should also not be your own web designer. It takes years of experience to perfect what we do. You can’t learn this trade in a few hours. Many of those ‘Free’ websites offer this option. It may look easy but you will be missing out on what a real designer can bring with their experience. These sites also may start off free, but they charge you later to keep the site up. You also will not get your own domain name.
Can’t my IT person build me a website?
You want a web designer, not an IT person. Web design is marketing, not IT. A lot of people associate IT departments with web design. Even though our company does both, they are not related and not done by the same professionals.
Will my website designer just write the copy for my website?
Creating content for your new website is the biggest challenge every client faces. It’s also one of the biggest causes for delays. A good web designer will be prepared with a solution and warn you about this at the kickoff meeting. In my experience the business owner or marketing person at the client company is the one who knows the most about their business, so they are the best choice for writing the content. There are also content writers who can be hired specifically to write the web content.
I have a Facebook page, isn’t that enough?
A Facebook page is a great tool for marketing, but do you know How to market it? You need a professional who knows how to get the most out of your Facebook page. Someone who also knows how to make sure that you have the right keywords in all the right places on your website, and knows how to make sure you are showing up on the local maps, etc.
Can I update my website myself once it is finished?
I can’t think of any good reasons why your web developer wouldn’t build your website on a CMS (content management system). Using a CMS is going to save you money. A good CMS like WordPress is built on a framework that has prebuilt functionality that will save you time and money. If you are familiar with basic word processing programs you will be able to make updates to your website, such as changing text and adding photos.