Website designers and providers offer all kind of prices and service packages. Average consumers who don’t understand all the technical industry jargon can easily be confused by service offer terms. In this article, I point out important factors to help you choose a web development provider that can help you keep your costs low, by letting you manage your own website, which will save you money in the long run. Let’s get started.
First, to keep the cost of your website design and development project down you need to find a Content Management Systems (CMS) website provider. CMS sites are “open source” platforms, supported by a large community of developers around the world. This makes the platforms programming-friendly for programmers. This helps make custom designing and programming your website easier, simpler and faster. This means it will take the provider less time to custom build your site. Which should translate to a lower overall fee for creating your website.
Second, to control the ongoing cost of updating your website and maintaining it, you need to have control of your site. You want to be able to make simple changes to your website on your own, most of the time, without contacting (and paying) your provider each time you want to make a change. This will save you a lot of money in the long run. It’s smart to find CMS web providers who will both empower you with control of your site, and who will COACH YOU on how to make simple changes to your website, before letting you run with it.
Third, to save time, money and headaches created as you go between different providers (for web design, web hosting, online marketing, etc.) to get your website marketing rolling, you should find a web design firm who provides full-service website design and marketing. Internet marketing is an on-going journey (not a destination), and you’ll want to choose your IT support team well to help make your journey a smooth and efficient one.
Fourth, to stand out among your competitors online, you need to present your organization and brand professionally, with a custom-designed website that caters specifically to your target audience. Don’t use a duplicated template for your website. A templated site may cost you much less in the short-term, but it also gives you much less in return, because it blends your web identity with hundreds of other websites that were created using the same template. Invest in a custom website designed to share your organization’s unique story and brand. Choosing a provider skilled in custom web design is a smart investment to ensure that you have the knowledge, creativity and support needed to build, maintain and update an effective website.
Fifth, to attract and convert your target audience as often as possible, make sure your site is user-friendly and responsive on all different devices (desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones) that consumers are using. Responsive website design enables your site to automatically resize itself to fit onto viewers’ various screen sizes. This means your site will always look professional to your viewers, on all of their devices.
I hope this provides clarity to help you find and hire a web design and marketing team to enrich your online experience. If you find this article helpful, please share it with others. For a free consultation on website design and online marketing, please contact our full-service Minnesota web design company at (612) 590-8080.