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How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Web Designer?
 

My name is Joel, and I've been designing websites for over 15 years. The question I'm asked most often is "How much does a website cost?" The short answer is that the price depends on how much time is spent building a site, that will do what you need it to do. But I can explain it a little better than that, so keep reading.


Different factors that the cost of a website depends on:

  • The quality of the graphics designed

  • The number of pages the site will have

  • If the designer also writes text for you

  • If it will be "optimized" to rank well on search sites like Google

Graphics: When I say graphics, I'm talking the look of your site. Like the pictures you see at the top of this page. The buttons you see to the right of this text. The more hours needed to design a site's graphics, the higher the cost will be. It's a bit like getting an estimate on having a house built. The bigger and fancier the house, the more time it takes to build. And the time needed factor into what you'll pay.

 

Number of Pages: Some businesses are simple, and only need a four-page site. But some businesses offer dozens of services or products, and need more than just a few pages. The time it takes to create those pages will factor into your quote.

 

Writing Text: Good website text about a product or service can be the difference between getting more customers, and not. A great web design company usually has a team member that can write quality text ("copy")  for a site. The more that person knows about advertising psychology and writing, the more the site can cost.

 

Search Engine Optimization:  SEO is a number of techniques used to make a website be found easier on search sites like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. The more time spent on SEO, the more a website (or promoting it) can cost.

 

So Here's What Most Design Firms Charge....

 

$2,500 to $5,000 for a basic website. And that doesn't always include added fees for that design company to write text for the site. Or to make your site show up well on search engines like Google. In fact, it's not unusual for some web design companies to charge $10,000 to $50,000 for a website. Seems expensive, doesn't it? Well the good news is that there's a more affordable option.

We're Delta Creations. On average, our clients pay only $500 to $3,000 for a website. But this week only, we're also running a special promotion:

 

LIMITED TIME PROMOTION:

TUESDAY 2/28/17 - TUESDAY 3/07/17 ONLY

 Customized Wordpress site development 50% OFF!

 

Content Management System (edit pages yourself online even from your phone) - Responsive layouts (adjusts to fit any smartphone, tablet or PC screen) - 100% Mobile friendly (meets Google's new requirements) - FREE Google optimization (site ranks better) - FREE original text writing for all pages using proven sales psychology techniques.

 

There's a contact form below if you'd like to take advantage of this limited time offer. Or if you'd like more free answers from me (I'll reply to you personally), you may also just keep reading to learn more.

 
So why do we charge much less than others?


Two reasons. First, we aren't some oversized web design company with dozens of employees. Many design companies have employees that only specialize in one thing. Graphics, SEO, writing, etc. Each employee gets a yearly salary. And guess who ends up paying more for a website, to keep that big company running?

 

You pay. But Delta Creations is small. We like being small. Fewer team members, but with years of experience. That means you get the same great website those oversized design companies build, but less people need to work on it. Which means we can charge you less. Saving money on quality advertising is a good thing.

 

The second reason we charge less: we don't pay for advertising. We have more than a decade of experience in getting our client websites to show up well on Google. Think about how you just found our site. It was at the top of Google, wasn't it?

 

Many other web design companies pay for advertising. They have to pay search sites like Google and Bing, so that their own site shows up at the top of the results. They didn't earn that spot because they knew how to make their site rank well. They paid for it. That advertising costs them money. Which means they have to keep their website design charges high, to help cover their own advertising costs.


What about companies that charge a small monthly fee, or start off with a free trial?

There are some design companies that won't give you a big quote. They just ask you to pay them a small fee every month. That sounds affordable, right? But there's something that those design companies aren't telling you.

 

Many of those companies are using a "template" to create sites for people. A template is a pre-made site. It's not custom. Except for maybe your logo. That means one of your local competitors can actually buy the same looking website as you. Your potential customers may even think YOU tried to copy your competitor's site.

 

Even worse, you don't "own" the website layout. In most cases, if you stop paying the monthly fees, the web design company won't let you keep your site. And it doesn't help that many of those "cookie cutter" sites don't rank well on search sites like Google, compared to a custom site done from scratch. But here's the biggest problem...

 

Over time, you can pay much more for a site with monthly fees, than if you had just gotten a custom one in the first place. Sure, you can pay $30 or $50 a month for a website. It doesn't sound expensive when you think about it that way, right? But do the math. After ten years, you will have spent $3,000 to $5,000 in fees. Maybe more. But for less than half that, you could have gotten an original site, that was yours to keep forever.

 

Should you get a friend or relative to create your website?

There's an expression that web designers use: "Brother in Law Syndrome." It's what we call it when a business owner lets a brother in law, nephew, etc talk them into letting them design their business website for free. Or next to nothing. Hey, they're saving money if they do that, right? But that business owner doesn't realize something.

 

What they don't realize is that they can end up losing money over time. Just because a friend, co-worker or relative knows how to create a website, it doesn't mean that they know how to get it on Yahoo, Bing and Google well. It doesn't mean that they know how to write text using sales psychology techniques, to make site visitors become paying customers. So you might save a few bucks on advertising. But at the expense of losing a ton of money in potential business, if your site doesn't deliver.

 

Still Have Questions About Website Design?
 

Again, I'm Joel. And I'd love to hear from you. I'm the owner and head web developer of Delta Creations. My company has developed over 400 websites since 2001. I can give you free answers to any of your web design questions.  We design websites for clients throughout the United States, and worldwide.

 

I can answer your questions, or give you a free quote on having a website built. So give me a call right now at 225-337-4360. Or just fill out the easy contact form above. The form results will go straight to my personal email, and I'll contact you ASAP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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