How much to I invest into a website? It really depends on your budget, the kind of look & feel you want, and how close together can you get them to match.
Every single potential customer wants the best website for their money.
Today we discuss web designers vs free online websites.
There are many advantages to both. Lets look at free websites first.
- They’re free. Who doesn’t like free?
- You can make your own updates when you want.
- They will do your search engine optimization.
- Many of these places have a only a few good designs to choose from. The same designs everyone else is choosing.
- They do a basic search engine optimization for you. Getting an online presence today requires more than a few keywords. Everything has to be built into the site from the ground up.
- If you end up not liking the service, you end up losing. You can’t take your website with you. You will have to start over from scratch.
There is never an all-in-one solution to fits everyone’s own style, ones creativeness, how much technology you need. With a free site you get what you pay for.
If you’re just starting out, how you look, how you rank in the search engines becomes a very important part of your business plan. Without the proper presence, you could start further behind and still need to build your own site that you can take to any server.
In the end it makes much more sense to get a business presence from skilled web designers who have been in the field for many a year. You know you will be careful with setting up your new business, or updating your established one. Take full advantage of what is out there to fit your needs, and to drive customers to your site because they can find you, with a layout that is where you want it to be, not something you settled for.
But what are the costs of going with a web designer?
This varies quite a bit. There are some firms who will not want to take on a project for less than $10,000. There are firms who will give you the best price to build your site. How do you choose?
Look at their own sites. How do they look when you are going through them? How do their portfolio’s stack up visually? Do they give a lot of portfolio examples or just a few? These will help determine if you should even entertain the idea of calling them.
How big of a site, how many photos, what kinds of technology needs to be built into the site are major factors. You may want it all, but your budget may say you need to start smaller. With a WordPress site you can build what is needed into as your business needs grow.
Lastly, and one of the most important things, if you don’t like a web hosting company at some point down the road, you can take your current site and move it to any other hosting company.
Here at Beyond Web Design, we will walk you through each step of the way to make sure the end result is something you will be happy with from A-Z.