Here are some common questions that pop up when people are looking to upgrade their current websites, or get a new one:
- How do I hire a Web Designer
- How much does a website cost
- Is it worth having a website?
- How long do websites take to build?
- Can I create my own website? How?
- What's a web developer and how are they different from a web designer?
Yes! There are a lot of options when you want to hire someone to design your website! The real question is how to find the website designer that’s going to work best for your needs. So, how do you do that? We’ll go through how to figure that out in this article:
We’ll start with the first level, you’re testing the waters with a new idea and you’re not sure how much you want to invest in this idea, or you have a part time hustle that you want to take to the next level, but you’re not ready to make a huge financial investment. At this point, it would be wise to look into a DIY web design service such as wix or squarespace, or find a freelancer who will be able to help get something up quickly and cost effectively, usually under $1000.
The next level is someone who’s getting ready to go full time in their new business, and need to get the basics right but don’t need a full blown website. We offer a small business start up package that offers a professional website design with room to grow, and a bunch of supporting services like logo and business card design.
Then you have an established business that needs their website to look and perform great, as a reflection of who they are and what they offer. These kind of websites can start around $3,000, but, depending on the goals of the business, can range into the 10’s of thousands.
How much a website costs depends on your website needs, and can vary from a couple hundred dollars to over fifty thousand dollars. That said, most local businesses who need an informational website for their brick and mortar business should expect to spend between $3,000 and $10,000 for a high quality website and the supporting photography and copywriting. The more work you need your website to do, the more investment it will require.
The short answer is yes, more than ever people are looking for up to date information on a business, and turning to the internet for those answers. Your website, when properly utilized, helps search engines return the right information when people ask about your business. That being said, the level of effort and investment you need to put into your website is going to vary greatly based on the needs of your business. Are you an owner/operator in-home masseuse? You probably need an appointment scheduler on a well crafted home page and a Frequently Asked Questions page. Are you a local auto mechanic that is looking to grow through advertising and local SEO? You’ll need a more robust website with multiple landing pages for your various services, as well as a place to answer the most commonly asked questions of prospective clients looking for your services, and ongoing updates to keep up with the changing needs of your area.
Anywhere from a week to 6 months, depending on how much you need your site to do for you, how much time you have for communicating about needed changes, and how full the schedule of your web design company.
That being said, good communication and a clear goal are necessary to finish any project in a timely manner, and websites are no different. A bad communicator who’s not sure what they want can see a simple website take months, with weeks going by with unanswered questions, or goal changes that invalidate previous work done.
Meanwhile, a team that is really good at communicating and knows exactly what they want can see a large, involved project move insanely fast with minimal down time and headaches.
There are many diy website builders these days that open up the internet to businesses who aren’t ready to invest in a professionally designed site but don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to show up where their customers are looking.
Here are a couple of the most popular website builder tools and our thoughts on them as a professional design agency:
Short answer: A web designer is someone who is skilled in the user experience and visual design of websites. A web developer is someone who is skilled in the technical aspects of building a website using coding languages.
With the plethora of current “no-code” website builders, there are a lot of web designers who are able to build websites without the backend support of a web developer for simple projects. If you have a more complex project, or need your website to do something unique, it’s often better to reach out to a company that specializes in both.