5 Ways To Save Money When Setting Up A New Website
A new website does not have to be expensive. Back in the day, people would pay and arm and a leg for a new website, with all of the bells and whistles. These days, because technology is more advanced, you can save money when setting up a new website or deciding to have a re-design done on an old website. Here we have a few tips and tricks for you to save money!
Whether you are buying a car, booking flights or looking for a web designer – shop around! Get quotes from a few individuals and compare what they are offering. However, don’t just focus on the cost. Look at their portfolio, their reviews, how long they will take to finish the web site and also if they offer any free amendments. Don’t just accept the first quote you receive, even if you do eventually see go with the first person you contact, have a shop around. You could end up saving hundreds of pounds, which you can reinvest into other areas of the business!
Some designers will offer incentives for new businesses, offering a lower price as you are just starting up your business. Look out for these, they are golden! This can really make a difference to your pocket. At Mia Bella, we offer a ‘Bella Business Bundle’ for new companies starting out, you can view our bundle at Bella’s Business Bundle. Also, some designers will offer a referral scheme. Maybe you can a friend or a contact who has had their website recently designed, check out their designer and see if they offer any ‘Refer A Friend’ discounts – you could both be in for a little treat then!
I strongly believe to always try and help out local and independent businesses where possible. For many reasons such as helping small businesses grow, I believe you often get a better, more personalised service and also, you can save money as often their prices are untouchable due to not having massive overheads. Have a look at some independent designers, and remember, because it is web design, they can be (literally) anywhere in the world. You can do all of your business over email, phone call and skype!
One Page Wonder
From a design front, one way to save money is by considering what is actually needed on your website. Obviously from a design point of view, this is what the web designer will help you with. However, prior to consulting with a designer, have a think and decide if you need a huge website. If you simply provide a service, such as a virtual receptionist, for example, you do not need tens of pages to say what you do. One-page websites are becoming increasingly popular as they allow you to be direct and to the point – people want the information there and then; they don’t want to have to jump through hoops for it. Also remember, the less work a designer has to do, the cheaper it will be. So, if you think you can have everything on one page, then go for it!
Not only should you shop around for a web designer; you should also make sure you shop around for web hosting and make sure you get the most cost-effective web hosting that meets your needs. Have a search online as there are plenty of companies out there that can host your website for very little these days!
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