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Cheap Web Designer - 6 Things To Look Out For
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So you're looking to develop a website and of course, you want to get the best deal for your money, right? When people first start exploring the options available, it is only natural for them to try and find a cheap web designer who can create an "all singing, all dancing" website without breaking the bank. It is very possible to get very good value for your money but you must do your very best to avoid the pitfalls. Some may even consider putting a website together themselves with no prior experience and whilst I would never put anyone off from trying this, I will hastilly add that web design is a combination of many skills accumalated over many years.

What I aim to do here is highlight the mistakes so many people make as they hunt for a cheap web designer to build them the perfect website. Check out these 6 mistakes and avoid them at all cost.

1. Not having vision

Before you do anything you should have some sort of idea of what you want to achieve with your website. What is your website for? Are you going to sell products directly from your website? How many pages will your website need? What will each page consist of? All of these things need to be considered. Even if you find a cheap web designer, the likelyhood is that these elements will effect the cost of your website. By having a clear plan in mind you can be assured of not having to pay over the odds for your website and avoid unexpected charges.

2. Being unrealistic

Before you proceed with a cheap web designer, you need to have very clear and realistic expectations yourself. Whilst they may be cheap, they are providing you with a very professional service that could bring a flood of new customers to your business. You should not have a "champagne taste and beer money" attitude to the design of your website. What I mean by that is that you can not expect to pay peanuts and get every feature under the sun installed on your website. However, you can always incorporate additional features at a later stage when your budget allows.

3. Calling on friends and family members

This should be a big "NO, NO." You may have a friend who says they know a cheap web designer who turns out to be 14 year old nephew. Often times, web design, when carried out by friends or family, leads to disaster. Either you get a poorly designed website that is visually unappealing or you get an unfinished web site that you are unable to make any changes to or update. The knock on effect of this is that you rank badly in the search engines and your customers or potential website visitors never manage to find your website. You can't put a price on experience when it comes to finding a cheap web designer.

4. Forgetting Hidden Costs

Hopefully, when you select a cheap web designer to carry out the work necessary to build you a website, they will make you aware of any additional costs involved but some may not disclose these costs clearly. They may indicate these additional costs in the small print of the web design contract but ideally they will make you aware from the outset. Hosting your website is one such cost that my not be highlighted or ongoing maintenance. Hosting in some cases could be free for a period of time but no doubt, you will be charged for it at some point. Unfortunately, your website will not be visible on the internet without hosting so it is a crucial part of the service offered. Also, ongoing maintenance is critical if you want your website to be found by your potential customers so ensure that this is discussed with your cheap web designer in the planning stage.

5. SEO Blindness

Getting your website on page one of Google or other search engines plays a huge part in the success of your website. Ideally, your cheap web designer will offer you an element search engine optimisation (SEO) for your website to ensure your website can be found by the search engines. Negotiating this with your web designer in the early stages will save you a lot of money on the future.

6. Unlimited Redesigns

It can be dificult to find a cheap web designer who offers you unlimited redesigns but they are out there. Spending time doing a littel research before you jump straight in there can mean the difference between a cost effective solution and an expensive one. Those who offer unlimited redesigns tend to be very confident in their ability to create professional websites. Either that or they offer you a money back guarantee.

Conclusion

There are so many factors that will ultimately influence your decision when trying to find a cheap web designer but if you avoid these common mistakes, you will be well on your way to building a website that promotes your business effectively, driving 1000's of new customers to your business. You can easily get great package that is priced reasonably and by talking with your designer you can turn your vision into a reality.


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