Usually, if you want professional designers to custom build your site, you must be prepared to hand out at least a few hundred dollars. All this can be avoided if you look for the best deals and the best designs at the lowest prices. Here’s a brief guide:
Firstly, you must remember that professionally paid website designers are very expensive. An example of this can be seen in those newspaper advertisements in classified ad sections which offer 5-page websites for $500. These companies are well-established with physical locations, and due to this they need to increase the amount they charge in order to pay off some of their overheads: office rent, designer’s salaries, advertising costs, etc.
Therefore, it would be a better solution to find freelance designers who do their work from home, which means that they don’t have a high cost of operation like that of a company. However, they will be able to design images with a quality which is the same as those of big company designers, so your choice shouldn’t be too difficult.
Nevertheless, try to choose your freelancers carefully. The best method for you to do this would be to go to elance.com, where you can post the abstract of your project and get freelancers to bid on your project, so you will most surely get the best deal. Further to that, you will be able to choose your designers based the experience they have, past transactions and ratings, so you get good value for your money.
Another option would be for you to design your website by yourself. If you consider it, if you only need 5 simple pages to present your viewers with some simple information, why should you waste hundreds of dollars for it? Try to spend a little time to sit down and do it yourself. You’ll be able to design your own sites even if you have no knowledge of HTML code with the help of WYSIWYG “what you see is what you get” programs such as Microsoft Frontpage, Macromedia Dreamweaver, etc.
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