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Realistically, how much should a website cost?

Every web development agency is known for either being secretive about their web design prices, or throwing around huge and unrealistic numbers, when in reality the most common modern website design cost can easily fit within the $200-$400 range.

How much does it cost to build a website

How much does it cost to build a websiteNot much! For clarity, let’s only talk about building a simple business-card type website with no custom built CMS (Content Management System) in this article. These types of websites are ideal for small businesses who operate mainly offline. For example restaurants who publish their best meals and prices on their website or a fun canoeing service for your friends and family.

No matter what a web page designer is telling you, in reality such a website can be built within just one or maximum two days. In fact, it will take a professional web designer an hour or two at most! Makes you wonder what the hell are they charging you for, right?

Sometimes web designers try to justify their high fees by using the word responsive over and over again. A responsive web design means that your website will be perfectly viewable in all devices (desktop computers, laptops and mobile phones). A responsive design seemingly adjusts itself to fit every screen size perfectly. It might seem like magic or some type of Artificial Intelligence to anyone who has no idea how web design works, but in reality this too is nothing complicated!

Responsive web design is not rocket science

Responsive web designWhenever I start building a new theme or design, I make it responsive as I build it. I do it by checking my theme with the Firefox plugin called L-Square to identify screen sizes where the design starts to break. I then note the screen size and create a separate CSS style for this particular screen size. Not that hard! If anything, it’s a little more time consuming, but the end result will be a lot better than using a generic responsive template because every theme or design is unique and it’s best to treat them all differently.

I get why web designers might charge a little extra for a responsive design, but mostly they are just trying to make it look like something super hard that will take long hours with a lot of coffee, sweat and tears… and that’s just silly.

Spend most on marketing, not web design!

It should be obvious enough, but people are still getting it wrong. The toughest part of any website development is the actual marketing itself and not coding. Depending on your niche, it can take weeks, if not months to make your website properly visible on the internet. Anyone who claims they can make it happen within a day is either lying to you or using questionable methods that will do more harm than good in the long run.

It’s an ongoing process and shouldn’t be advertised as “set and forget” by the web designers. Proper marketing is something you do consistently, a little bit every day.

Learn internet marketing yourselfAnd it’s best to learn it yourself

Don’t get me wrong, I could be your professional marketing agent, but it’s going to be a pain in the ass! If your website is about car parts or something else extremely boring (for me) it will be hard for me to promote this stuff because I would have to write articles about something I know nothing about and post on relevant communities and forums on topics I barely understand.

So depending on your niche, it’s sometimes advised to do the marketing yourself because you are the only person with the right mindset, attitude and passion. It will make your entire online image more personal and REAL if You are behind it and not some guy who doesn’t even understand your business.

How to learn marketing quickly you ask?

A good place to start is Warrior Forum where people with different businesses all come together and share the latest ideas, tricks and trends in internet marketing!

You can also contact me and we’ll see if I can help you with your website and business as a whole. It’s always a good idea to get some outside feedback.

I’m not going to give you my contact details directly. Be creative and find a way to contact me yourself!

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How to find a web designer with great skills at low website design cost to you

Finding a web designer who knows what they’re doing, yet can keep your web design costs low, is like finding a needle in a haystack. The whole industry is saturated with big agencies and corporations who simply mediate between the web designer and the client, taking a huge amount of money in the process. Capitalism at its finest! The trick to finding a low cost web design for your business is to avoid the big guys.

How to find a web designer for a small business web design

Most top web designers work alone

It’s common for a web designer who is just getting started to get a contract from some semi-professional web design agency, but once they have built a decent enough portfolio they are going to look for ways to free themselves from the corporate bull. Web designers are just like any other artists- they are at their best when left alone for long periods of time.

Hire a web designer with a smaller portfolio

It’s fun to look at a massive web design portfolio of someone who has been around for a long time and has already established a solid business, but it’s usually not that fun to look at their price tags, if you know what I mean. Not only that, but these guys probably have a lot on their plate anyway, so the overall client & designer relationship might suffer as a result.

SEO + Web Design

Nowadays these two literally go hand in hand. Don’t make the mistake that my client made by having two different people do two different jobs. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is not that hard to learn so the next time you are looking for web designers for hire, ask them about SEO and how they will implement it as they build your website. If they have no idea what you’re talking about then you might reconsider hiring them.

Look for designers who are clear about their web design pricing

I always recommend drawing at least some lousy sketch about what you’re looking for. It doesn’t have to look great! A good web designer can give you a pretty accurate price estimate based on what you have made. If they start to go on and on about different “packages” that include this and that- lose them! That’s usually a clear indication of a capitalist agent after your wallet. And so what if the job ended up being a little more time consuming? A sincere web designer is always willing to go the extra mile without the extra charge.

Individual freelancers, not agencies!

Every agency will tell you that they are the best, but they’re most likely lying. Did you know that the most popular web design agencies are paying up to $10+ USD to Google just to get you to visit them… once? Sadly they continue to get more and more unsuspecting clients this way who make them ever richer just because they happen to have a lot of money to spend on advertising.

If you want to find the worlds top web designers in once place I suggest going to 99 Designs. This is a unique place with the greatest minds competing among each other in a friendly way and the winner gets to do a website design for you, exactly the way you want it!

How 99 Designs works

1. You create a detailed request on what it is that you are looking for in a website design

2. Tens, even hundreds of web designers create a simple sketch based on your request

3. You pick out the ones who did the best job

4. The final round starts where you get to pick the winner and get to work one-on-one until your website goes live and outshines your competition!

Isn’t this great?!

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