When you’re scouring the internet for a company to build your website it easy to end up looking and basing your decision based solely on cost. This isn’t always a good idea, and here’s why.
It’s very difficult to work out how good the after sales service is going to be. Budget website builders will base their prices on simple sites that don’t take long to make up. They’ll probably be using WordPress (which is fine) but the emphasis on WordPress is that it’s a CMS – a system designed so that the end user can edit/add and solve problems as and when the need arises.
If you’re a business and you don’t want to spend your time fiddling with a website then I urge you to spend a little more on your website. There are companies that appear to be building the same type of sites as everyone else but charge three or four times the amount. Why is this? Well, they’ve factored in a better service – it’s that simple. You’re get a great site, sure, but you’ll also find that they are happy to spend more time talking to you during and after the build. At the end of the day, time is money – you’re going to need their time and they’ll need to be able to cover that cost. Don’t take it personally – it’s just business! Companies that charge a little more are probably more capable web designers too. If you need your site to have more bells and whistles in the future a company like Redwall Creative is more likely to be able to help you, and they rank very highly for website design wakefield, whereas a budget designer may lack the technical knowhow to help you with something more complicated than he’s used to doing.
So when is a budget site okay? Well, if you’re site only really needs to be a set-and-forget type of affair you can probably get away with a cheapie. You already know that once it’s up it’s not really going to need any changes (like a simple business card type site) and if this is the case you’re also probably going to be too fussy about the way that it looks. By all means, go for a cheapie.
The thing is, in this day and age, bow many people can say that about the website that they want? With all manner of people and businesses relying on a stable and well designed web presence, do you really want to entrust that to someone who’s perhaps only doing the job semi professionally? It’s worth saying right here and now: If you don’t really understand the internet, just trust me. You are not doing yourself any favours by getting something cheap. YOU may not care that is looks bad and doesn’t work very well, but the rest of the internet community certainly will. A good website is like a good suit – you will be judged on it. If you turn up to a job interview or a sales meeting in jeans and trainers, expect to be judged as such.