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Ask These 3 Questions When Shopping For Cheap Web Design

When buying on the cheap remember the old adage, you get what you pay for.

Cheap website design does exist, but is the quality going to be what you are looking for? If one guy quotes you $50 per hour, another $100 per hour and yet another quotes you $150 per hour would you even know what questions to ask to figure out if you getting more value for the higher quote?

Here are 3 questions to ask your web designer.

How long did it take you to build this?

Have a look at the portfolio and find some website designs that you like and ask them how long it took to build those particular websites. This should give you an idea of how fast they work. The average website usually averages out to around an hour per page or less. That is, unless there are a lot of intricate graphic design or animated elements flying around but if you are looking for cheap website design then those types of things will pretty much be out of the question anyway. Asking this will also give you an idea of what ballpark your website quote should be in. If you ask for a website similar to one in their portfolio that they said took them 10 hours and the quote comes back 50 hours then you know something is up.

Why does this take so long?

Web designers hate to be questioned on why they quote the way they do. Some will even flat out not answer you if you ask them why it took them so long to build a particular website. That's exactly why you need to ask. Now, you may not understand everything they explain to you but have them repeat it until you do understand. If they can't explain to you why they quoted you 20 hours for a particular service in a way which you can understand them then don't hire them. They are either trying to rip you off or they don't really know what they are doing. Now, reality is this, some web designers are just flat out faster and better than others. You may run into one guy who charges $100 per hour but will have your website done in three hours where the $50 per hour guy may need 10 hours to do the exact same thing. Is he ripping you off? No, he's just slower. Don't make your decision based purely on hourly rates when shopping for cheap website design. Take speed into consideration too. Fast web designers are usually more experienced and charge a little more but the money is usually better spent.

Have you ever built a website like this before?

This is a biggie. Too many clients have walked through our doors with half built websites wanting us to finish them because their old web guy got in over his head. This is especially important when shopping for ecommerce website design. Make sure the web designer you hire has built the type of website you need before. Many web designers like to learn "on the clock". That is, while you are paying them. They will accept a job that is over their head and try to figure out how to do it while charging you. You can easily avoid this by asking. If they hem and haw or don't give you a confident response then you may want to look elsewhere.

The point being made is that

  • Experience = Speed
  • Speed = Less Production Time
  • Less Production Time = Less Billable Hours = Savings to You

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