Everyone these days would love to have their own website. Typically people want to get wix, blogspot, or weebly because it’s cheaper and easy to use. Hiring a web designer can be costly and picmonkey/canva won’t do everything for you. Let’s talk about some costs associated with websites, logos, etc so that you can be prepared with your wallet.
When people come to me to get a website done the first thing I explain to them is that you need hosting and a website. This usually costs around $25 give or take. I always, of course, recommend hostgator but Godaddy or Blue host will do. I have been with hostgator for about 4 years and I have never had a problem at all. My advice: Get the domain and hosting so you can own it and have the name you choose on the www. Some things to consider about the domain and hosting….it’s a recurring yearly cost. Pay for it or lose it….I pay for mine monthly and write down when it’s time to renew the domain. You can get add on services for domain privacy and added security. The domain can be registered separately from the hosting.
Website Designs From Scratch or Buy a theme
The difference between a website made from scratch and a theme…..the cost. You will know a website from scratch because it will cost you over $1000. A theme won’t cost you as much and most people can put one together for a fair cost. Themes are great but can be overwhelming. Most people stick with certain themes (Genesis is the most popular). You can customize most sites if you know the coding. If you don’t know code then please don’t mess with the back end of your site. Now getting a site done from scratch is pretty much unheard of these days unless you have a huge business and can hire someone to manage that for you. If you go on websites especially in the blog world 9 times out of 10 its a theme.
I am biased when I say get wordpress it’s easy and you can make it into a business site, organization, or a simple blog. If you know wordpress then you can pretty much buy a theme and put it together yourself. If you want things a certain way my advice would be to hire someone. I have seen people put their site together themselves and it looks horrible on the other hand I have seen some sites put together by newbies and it looks amazing. Read and study wordpress before you go and buy themes. Some themes you can’t get your money back. I knew someone who came to me after she bought a theme….she thought she could put everything together on her own based on youtube videos but she was in for a world of a surprise when she messed up the entire site. I declined to work for her to get it fixed because I told her not to just go and buy a theme. When I do a website I make sure I check out the coding for it, mobile view for it, and various other things before I put it on your website that way you won’t waste money.
I love fonts. I have a lot of free ones and I also have a few paid ones. If I pay for my fonts I like to go to My Fonts a place where they have thousands upon thousands of fonts. You can sit for days and pick the fonts you want for your design. Normally if people want something fancy I send them there to pick out what they want because what they pick they pay for. That way if the client doesn’t like the font…that will be on them because they purchased it. Some fonts are $15 while others can go up to $100. Fonts are everything when it comes to a design. I choose to not put that price in with my package simply to avoid any backlash. I do not want to pick a font and then have the client, not like it. My advice: Define if you want something fancy, plain, or bold that way you can narrow down some things and be able to pick without wasting a lot of time. Know what you want in your design from the beginning.
Logos and social media designs are my favorites to do. It gives me a chance to flex my creativity. I am able to design and research and listen to my clients. Let’s talk logos first. Many people draw logos, some use stock photos, others just use a fancy font. I prefer to use all three interchangeably. You see my husband can draw in illustrator so sometimes, depending on the client we will draw something then add something from a stock photo. One thing that we never do is use the exact stock photo we find because then how would you be unique. We always take an element of the stock photo, combine it with something we drew, and then use some nice fonts to go along with it. Stock photos or stock illustrations can be costly which is why we study and research before we purchase any or attempt to use one with a drawing. We include everything in your price so it is of no extra cost to you. We do this with business cards and social media designs also. When trying to come up with a concept for a logo everyone can be on a different page which is the number one reason I always offer my clients 5-6 variations of a logo design. I try to do each one different using different fonts and elements because you never know what the client may choose.
All together with fonts, web design, and logos, these things can cost you around $150 and up depending on how fancy you want to go. People think oh I can just go to picmonkey and create something for free. Free is great if you don’t have the money but free can also have you looking like everyone else. You can sometimes look at a logo or social media design and tell that they did it in picmonkey or canva. When you factor in the cost of a logo look at the time it takes to create elements, the cost of a software (photoshop for me which is not cheap per month) and the cost of elements to go with your design. Also, I know many of you love Fiverr. If you find a good person on there that hasn’t duped you please leave their username below. I had someone create something in Fiverr a while back it was a project that I didn’t have time to do. The person used someone else design and I was almost sued. Never again will I work with Fiverr unless I get confirmation that the person isn’t using other people’s designs. Also, take into account that fiverr starts off at $5.00 it can still cost you up to $50 if you want more colors, the png of it, and other various things. By the time you do that you might as well hire me or others who cost around $50 and you get more.
What are some costs associated with web design that you find shocking?