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A Google search brings up over 400 million results for the phrase, "affordable web design". Most likely because of 2 factors: that is legitimate phrase a person seeking the service of web design might enter, and there's a large amount of individuals and companies who offer web design who believe that "affordable" is what will pull in the most potential clients. But what's really considered affordable web design?
"And that's the last time that I use someone "cheaper" to upgrade a few odds-and-ends around the site for me. My lesson has officially been learned". I received that quote from a client who needed a contact form on her site fixed. After paying "someone cheap", the form didn't function right. As it turned out, it took me about 30 minutes to trouble shoot and fix the errors. Needless to say, the client was happy, and the lesson was learned that tying to find a cheap solution isn't always the best.
Having actually lived through the first wave of “free” websites (think Geocities, etc.) I figured another wave would come around. It’s not like all these types of services ever fully went away, it’s just that a new surge in popularity is happening. I’ve even seen tv commercials for 2 or 3 different services now.
First rule of free: you get what you pay for.
Companies throughout the years have offered free website builders and free [...]
States across the U.S. have locked down due to COVID-19, I've been spending more time on Twitter interacting with peers as well as other small businesses. Someone posed the question the other week, "Should I even still market by business right now?" The responses were an overwhelming OMG yes! And then followed the explanations on why and how.
There's an old proverb which says; "A man who acts as his own attorney has a fool for a client." There's a grain of truth in that, not just for legal matters, but for any undertaking what requires specialized skills, from rewiring your office and repairing your delivery van to, yes, designing and building your business website. I'm not saying it can't be done, but is it worth the effort and risk?
I’ve actually seen ads like this on websites that will go unnamed, but really do operate as a “race to the bottom” when it comes to pricing professional services such as website design and programming:
New Website for Users Who Will Create Accounts
“This project is a website where potentially thousands of users will create accounts that will be permanent in nature (they’ll keep years and years). Users will enter personal photos and information. Users [...]
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