Does building a website really cost thousands of dollars?

Posted by Bounceweb in Computer Advice, The Internet, Web Hosting Tips

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Ok, this is a tricky one, because I actually partly make a living by building websites. But because I do so, I see and hear a lot of stories about people who pay to much and end up with a website they actually do not like. So if you’re asking me: does a website really have to cost thousands of dollars? My answer is no, but it CAN cost thousands of dollars.

You have to know that decent web developers are in it for the long run, they have nothing to gain from selling you something that you’re not satisfied with, because then you won’t return. they are more than likely going to use it for their portfolio too, so it’s gotta look good.

Before you start negotiations with a company that is going to build your website, make sure you have a very clear picture of what you want and need. Be prepared to be dazzled by all kinds of difficult words that you’re going to hear, but don’t lose track of what’s important: is this someone you can trust. Because the thing is, the web developer probably knows you have little knowledge about building websites, and he should not try to exploit that. A good web developer explains everything to you in laments terms. If he can’t…run! Because if he can’t translate this to you, how is he supposed to translate it to your audience.

Don’t be intimidated by the details, keep in mind what you want and need. If you’re buying a house, you probably don’t know what you’re doing, but you know what your budget is, and what you can get for that. It’s the same here. Ask for the details, ask why something costs what it costs, and if you feel like they’re being vague, find someone else. A good web developer knows his client and comforts his client, he doesn’t dazzle him with details. That’s not a web developer, that’s just the computer nerd that got bullied at school, and has finally found some sort of power.

Think straight, bring other people to the negotiations and use your instinct. It will save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars

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