Find Cheap Web Design & Web Development at Great Pricing

Obtaining cheap web design, web development and web designers can be a tough task. All too often web design can be very expensive, and if you don’t make a good choice you can be sitting on an expensive web design that didn’t turn out how you wanted it. Therefore, comparison shopping for cheap web development services is a must.

I have been in the design industry for over 10 years and learned a lot about comparison shopping techniques for customers that want to find a cheap web design. Some of the tactics I would recommend are below!

There are several web sites out there that assist you in finding cheap web designers for your site. These sites help connect you with freelance design companies that compete for your business. The process works like this; you post your project online and several companies and individuals bid on your project. You will very quickly receive several bids; then you can review the companies and their offering prices for your cheap web development project. Now you can view the companies past reviews from previous transactions and you can view their work. After doing this you will then pick a winning bidder. Most all freelance sites will offer you the option to deposit the money in to an escrow account. Then once you are satisfied you transfer the total remaining amount of money in to the cheap web design companies account. This is one of the best options for finding a cheap web design for your website.

Another option is simply searching the web to find a company to help you with your needs. What I recommend is you ask what the price for the web site is, their turnaround time and ask to use an escrow service to handle the transaction. This will help protect your investment and assure you that the work is created to your preference.

Things to watch out for when picking a cheap web design company are as follows. You want to find a company that has a phone number and good customer support. One of the biggest complaints I hear from people is that their past designers would never help or respond. Or else they were not able to deliver what they originally promised.

Lastly, make sure that you create an outline of your entire web site just how you want it. To improve the time it takes for a company to design your cheap website you must give them all the content, images and site layout. This will help them to create a look, navigation and your entire cheap web site design quickly. Hopefully this article helped.

The Difference Between Web Design and Web Development

When you think about the difference between web design and web development you can compare it to the difference between architecture and construction. One deals with the appearance inclusive of the layout, colors, interaction between links etc related to a website or application while the other deals with the implementation or the “how” part of the process. This includes method of implementation and programming of the website or software.

When designing a website the designer must be very imaginative and creative. In addition it is necessary that the designer contact the client and fully understand what is required; the priorities and requirements. This will enable the designer to create a suitable design for the requirements. Colors also needs to be taken into careful consideration and also the appearance as it relates to the client’s marketing needs and wishes they may have..

Consider web designing for the Coca Cola Company as an example. The designer would need to consider the color and as we all know the most dominant color of Coca Cola is red. So it would not be wise for the designer to hint at the company to put another color as the more dominant one when designing their web site. Also the company’s lively and young image suggests a design that will closely match a youthful and vibrant look. This can be accomplished by adding videos, texts that has stars coming out from them and any additional graphic that will create a spark in a younger crowd.

Web development on the other hand involves implementing the design from the website design model.

The developers may need to perform a feasibility study with the designers in the initial phases of the website development. Sometimes the expectation of the designers is very high and often exceeds the limits of the technology available to the developers. Thus the developers may need to find the best way they can develop the website without interfering too much with the look and feel of the product.

As with our Coca Cola example; once the company accepts the design presented to them the designers will then present the model to the developers. The developers in turn will analyze the model and decide what is possible and what needs to be reconsidered or altered. Then an actual technical solution that best suits the design will be implemented. It is not necessary that the developers know why certain colors are preferred; they just need to follow the design specifications. However, the developer may call a meeting with the company and the designers to inform them about anything that is beyond the scope of their technology and decide on a more suitable way of developing their website.

To ensure quality work which is expected by all clients it is essential for web designers and web developers to work together. It is important to note though that both of them have different parts to play in the overall development of the website; one is focused on the appearance and the other on the foundation just like architect with its constructors.

Important Questions You Must Ask a Potential Web Developer

Question 1. What is your client feedback like? Would you mind if I contacted a few businesses from your portfolio?

Right Answer:Yes of course, you’re welcome to contact any of our clients.

Wrong Answer: “We don’t have a portfolio” or “Our client’s details/websites are private” or “We would prefer you didn’t pester our clients, it’s unprofessional”.

Summary: A professional web designer should have a portfolio of their work and should have no problem with you contacting them. It’s not unprofessional, It’s actually the opposite. If you get these answers avoid this designer or agency as its obvious their clients (if they even exist) have nothing good to say about them.

Question 2. How much do you charge for web design? Do you charge a total design and development fee or will I get billed as the site is designed depending on features and any outlay.

Right Answer: Once we have all the info you will be given a total cost and payment structure, this won’t change as the design goes on, any outlay from us for things such as stock imagery is factored into the quotation.

Wrong Answer: We can’t give you an accurate price; we will just bill you as the site progresses

Summary: After sitting with you for an hour or exchanging a few emails a professional web designer will be able to give you and accurate design fee. Dodgy agencies often claim to have to purchase items, imagery and code for your site and bill you for them, I’ve even known agencies to bill for consultations or phone calls. This is nonsense it’s simply a way of getting you onboard with a good sounding low price then basically milking what they can out of you.

Question 3. Do you use the same template for every website or will my website be unique.

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. It’s simply down to a personal preference, but it is something that you need to ask. If you are getting a ‘One design fits all’ template then you should be charged accordingly, £100, £200 at a push because this isn’t web design and an agency doing this probably got the templates they use designed by a third party or even downloaded them so are not web designers themselves, This also brings up the question “What if you have any problems” or “What if you want something unique adding ” Will they be able to do it? Probably not and if you insist they will have to pay a third party and bill you… See question 2!

Question 4. Will you be writing my website in code (bespoke) or will you simply be installing or using a third party software package? Again, Not really a right or wrong answer for this one. There is however a massive difference between a web designer writing bespoke code for websites and one who uses open source software such as WordPress, One is a professional web designer and the other is simply an IT company who have learned to use a piece of software.

Some people knowingly choose a WordPress installer as their web designer simply because they believe it will be cheaper (as it should be) and the software has everything they need and they require no unique features, there are however a growing number of agencies installing WordPress or similar and charging extortionate fees sometimes more that it would cost to have a bespoke website designed, You need to understand that WordPress is FREE, you can install it yourself and learn how it works, at the end of the day it was designed by professional web developers as a DIY solution so how much should you really be paying someone to click an install button? Seriously most hosting comes with a one click WordPress install button…

There are other issues with WordPress, its open source so hackers can view the code to find exploits making it the most hacked website, can you risk this? It’s also extremely slow due to the amount of code needed to run, so when your site gets busy it becomes unusable.

Question 5. Do you consider the search engines when building and designing a website.

Right Answer: Yes of course, the website will be fully optimised for the modern search engines and fully compliant with Google guidelines.

Wrong Answer: Once the website is built it will need to be SEO’d which will cost you ‘x’ amount.

Summary: A professional web designer will keep up to date with all the latest marketing and design trends and Google guidelines so your website will be compliant and search engine friendly when designed, this doesn’t mean you will instantly end up with page one results (although I’ve seen this happen with less competitive niches) but you’ll be well on your way.

If you see someone using the term “You need your site SEO’d” run a mile, Also, designers saying that they will need to charge you extra to get it ready for the search engines are either simply trying to milk all they can out of you or don’t have the skill or knowledge to make sure your site is compliant and search engine friendly as they design it as they are probably using out of date or even online drag and drop software, in either case avoid these designers like the plague.

Question 6. Will the website be responsive, mobile friendly and work on tablets and mobile phones?

Right Answer: Of course, It’s been industry standard for about 2 years now, all websites created are responsive and fully compliant with mobiles, tablets etc

Wrong Answer: “We don’t know what that is?” or “We will build you a separate mobile website and charge you ‘x’ amount” or “We will have to charge you more for responsive design” Summary: Just as the right answer says, “It’s been industry standard for about 2 years now” So all websites developed within the last 2 years should be responsive and adapt to any device and screen size, Separate mobile websites were around a few years ago but nobody should be using this outdated technology now, It was always flawed as it detected device and not screen size and required constant code updates, also, tablet users often got served the stripped down mobile version when their device could easily handle the desktop version, another flaw was the fact that you had two websites to managed and update and two website sharing traffic…

All modern websites should be responsive and it should not cost extra

Question 7. Will I have the ability to make my own amendments and updates or will I need to come back to you each time I want something changing.

Right Answer: Your website will come with its own dashboard or CMS (Content Management System) allowing amendments and updates so you do not need to keep coming back to us for minor changes.

Wrong Answer: “For this feature you will have to have a WordPress site” or “You will need to contact us every time you need something changing and we charge ‘x’ amount per hour”

Summary: Again, It’s industry standard for the owner to be able to update their own website, Some CMS’s are more advanced than others depending on the agency who wrote it or the site it’s being used on, and, No you don’t need a WordPress site to be able to make your own updates, I hear this a lot from “amateur package installers” who are either trying to push you to have a WordPress install rather than a bespoke website being it’s all they can do or actually don’t know themselves, the later is the scariest.

Remember! WordPress was written using server code by professional web developers, of course a professional developer can build a bespoke CMS for you using the same code, it will also be a lot less complex than the WordPress dashboard and easier to use.