Cheap Web Design - what to avoid

The cost for website design varies according to what you need and if you want a good website that performs as a marketing tool to bring you enquries/sales, then avoid cheap web design, e.g. £4.99 a month, £99, and so on.

Cost for a good website depends on how many pages, functionality, features, whether it is custom or using a ready-made template, if it includes a content management system, a shopping cart, whether it includes keyword research and or oniste SEO, web hosting/email, support/aftercare, maintenance, training on how to use the CMS/admin, writing/editing/optimisation of your page content, and other things.

Avoid web design companies who do not try to understand what you need, who don't ask many questions, who give a price without knowing if it meets your needs, and who try to sell you things you don't really needs.

Things a good web design company is likely to ask you are, for example:

1. If ecommerce, does your website need to take card payments directly on your website or will your customers pay via a third party gateway, e.g. PayPal, WorldPay? If it's to take payments on your site, then your website needs to be PCI DSS compliant or your merchant service provider will not authorise payments to be taken via your website.

2. Will you need to display images on the website - perhaps in a gallery that people can easily click through? Great for viewing the end result of a finished product or service.

3. Will you want people to find you on search engines? If so, will you want onsite SEO? Ask if they carge extra for this - we include it as standard.

To get a precise cost for a new website design, write down as much as you can about what your website will actually do (functions), how many pages you think you will need and anything else you want the web design company to take care of (e.g. writing the content, designing a logo for you, web hosting, domain name registration, and so on).

You need a web designer who will make sure you are aware of all costs involved up front and the ongoing costs too, such as web hosting and email, ssl certificate renewal, domain registration and renewal, software updates and maintenance, and so on.

Finally, don't worry if all of this sounds alien to you, or you are struggling to understand the terminology, or are unsure of what you really need - we can help you with this. Simply give us a call and let's talk about what you want to achieve and we'll ask some questions to determine what you need (and only what you need!) and prepare you a genuine proposal.

Call us now on 01302 288708 or complete our online contact form now.


Problems with your website or website designer?


To date we have a 100% success rate of successfully dealing with problem websites - things that are broken and not working properly on your website such as links, or has not ever worked such as an email contact form.

We also have the same 100% success rate of obtaining the login details and website files from previous web designers who have made it difficult for clients to have absolute ownership, control and access of their website.

Perhaps your web designer doesn't answer your calls or emails, or is slow to respond or implement things you have asked to be done on your website. You feel as if you are stuck with them and paying their hosting fees, which are often higher than elsewhere (definitely more than we would charge you!) and you feel locked in to them.

There is a way out, and on your behalf, we deal with getting your website into your control using professional tact and diplomacy at all times. We deal with them for you - all we need is your permission.

Our clients stay with indizine because they want to, and not because they have to.