Cheap websites don’t work either
I’m going to be honest, building websites the right way is tedious. I learned early on in my career that you can be the best designer, but without a process, you’re easily ranked below average.
Put it like this. A restaurant can have amazing food, but if you go there and have to wait for an hour to be seated followed by a terrible dining experience then you’re likely to not want to go there again.
This type of thing happens in the design world as well. No shade to the budget web designers, but again let’s be honest. If you’ve invested in creating a process and following design best practices then there’s no way you’d feel comfortable selling a $500 website.
To give you a better idea of what I mean. When we design a 10-page site on WordPress, it takes us an average of 40 hours. Why 40 hours? We factor in the following:
- Administrative tasks such as billing and clients meetings
- Wireframing each page of the website.
- Developing each page in WordPress based on the wireframes.
- Optimizing each page for mobile devices.
- Checking off items on a 33 point SEO checklist for each page.
Yea, that’s a lot of work for $500, and I guarantee most people charging prices like this aren’t doing all that.
What they are doing is cutting corners. Think about it. Let’s say they are spending the 40 hours which is equivalent to a week of work on building the website. That’s $12.50 per hour. Trust me – no one is freelancing or designing sites for a living to barely have a little more than minimum wage.
So what happens is, you get a sub-par website because they’re trying to pump out a site as quickly as possible.
DIY websites and $500 websites don’t provide long-term results if any results at all. Their only goal is to help you check the box that your website is done. Nothing more.