The Cost Of Website Design
The cost of website design is an interesting topic. What one particular agency charges tends to be immensely different from the next agency for the exact same project. There are a variety of reasons for the vast price difference. We tend to see lower prices for cost of website design from agencies that normally consist of one individual working out of their garage. Then we see astronomical prices from agencies that have a team and have to pay office rent in Green Point.
The clever choice is something in the middle between the 2 extremes.
The cost of website design can never be ridiculously low as it means it was a rush job which will lead to poor SEO and increased security risks. See below a snapshot of 3 Gumtree Ads. This is the exact scam that needs to be avoided by you when looking for the cost of website design.
Found on Gumtree and some people fall for this scam
So you can find someone who will take your R1000 and give you a website. But you should ask the following:
- Who owns the domain name? Me or them? If they own it then you will never be able to take control of it.
- Do I have my own hosting with own cPanel so my information is safe? If your site is merely built as an add-on to their shared hosting you have increased security risk and decreased ability to take control of it.
- What happens if they don’t deliver the site? You lose the money. As the amount is so low you will not see a refund.
- Will it be optimised for SEO from the start? They will say yes, but they will lie. To optimise a website for SEO takes a very long time. We are the top ranked app development company on Google so we know what it takes.
What makes the cost of website design more than R1 000?
No matter the size of your business we recommend you use WordPress. Some of the biggest companies in the World use WordPress as it is a very stable platform that offers an incredible amount of features and functionality. You should always use a premium WordPress theme. The theme alone costs R900. So already R900 of the R1000 should have been spent. Themes can be found at ThemeForest
To install all the much needed plugins and then to configure them takes a very long time. Time is money and if there is no money to pay for the time then the website designer will skip adding these critical components.
To optimise the site for speed requires resizing of images which takes time.
To optimise the site for SEO is an ongoing service that almost happens daily. So when someone promises to do your SEO once off you may as well feel scammed.
Testing and debugging is a process critical to a sleek user experience. These take a very long time to do and if you don’t do it the site will just be further damaged by the cheap approach to website design.