It doesn’t seem that long ago that websites were being built for $10000 to $15000. Now it seems that there are at least two tiers available for website development for businesses. Excluding the option of building your own there is the $1500 to $2000 level and the higher $3000 to $5000 range.
I’m left wondering what the difference is in the higher end vs the lower end website developers?
I know of many local website developers, most with good reputations. I can’t understand how they can possibly compete with all of the off shore web companies that seem to have my phone number and like to call at my supper time. They claim to the best at what they do, worldwide in some cases, and that they can increase the traffic to my self-created website a thousand fold.
I have paid $100 for 500 business cards from local printers and I have paid less than $20 for the same amount from Staples. You can’t tell the difference as to where they were printed.
A valid argument against making your choices from a selection of templates be it for business cards or websites, versus a custom design, is that there will likely be a lot of other ones out there that look very similar to yours. Do you really need to pay the high expense for a custom design? Depending on your business and the brand that you want to portray, maybe you do. But if you are a small home-based business, a solopreneur, maybe you don’t at this stage of your business’s development.
Whatever route you decide to take I would suggest asking a few important questions:
- Who will own your website? You or the hosting company?
- Who will own your domain name? Once again, you or the hosting company?
- What protections are in place so that your site isn’t hacked and taken over by the Turkish Liberation Army, or whatever they call themselves this week?
- Will you be able to add or delete content to your site or will you be obligated to have your web developer do so, for a cost of course?
I’m sure there is lots more questions that should be asked before settling on what route one should take in getting a website up and running. Perhaps I should start my own website development company. I am getting tired of trying to convince WordPress followers that WP is not superior to Joomla. If you have only created a few websites using WordPress templates, that does not make you an expert at website developing. But then again, maybe there is a business opportunity competing against Staples at the lower price point.
Something to think about!