Today’s post can be a crucial one if you’re planning on having a brand new website for your business, or even redesigning your current one. As the saying goes: “Time is money”, so these tips will definitely come in handy when dealing with the hourly rates that many web design agencies charge, as they mainly involve saving time. Let’s get started!
1. Plan Out Your Website
This one is an absolute no-brainer. Before you even start to look into hiring an agency or a freelancer to design your website, you’ll need to plan your website to get a good grasp of what you want it to look like. If you skip this step, you can end up spending hours discussing and planning with your web designer what you want, which will start running up the costs. With careful planning, such as having a good idea on what kind of setup (single-page, a blogging site, an e-commerce website) you want, the number of pages you’d like etc. and presenting this information to your web designer, it’ll save you a large amount in this very early stage.
2. Organise Your Content
This can still be done before you even talk to a web designer. Having a good idea of the kind of content you want displayed on your website is a good start, but actually having the images & words ready to hand over to your web designer at the start of the project is even better. Along with saving money, this will hugely benefit your web designer who will be able to design around the type of content you provide. I’ve personally lost count of the amount of projects that don’t have the content ready to go, it causes huge delays in launching the website and as the content comes through in drips, and drabs, project costs can easily increase.
This step is crucial in maintaining both a great working relationship with your web designer and a consistent website. Usually websites are placed on a test server/environment during development which will allow the client to see changes in real-time. Communication with your web designer means that if something is developing not quite the way you envisioned it you can alter it quickly, instead of having the designer potentially waste billable hours only to backtrack. That being said…
4. Limit New Changes To The Website
This will hopefully tie into your initial planning stage – you just need to stick to your guns and not get caught up in potential project creep. The more new tweaks and changes you want made to your website, the longer the project will continue and the more money it will end up costing you. By limiting these changes you’re potentially saving yourself a lot of money. That’s not to say that once the website is live that it has to stay that way, but if you want something simple as a word or sentence changed in a paragraph changed upon launch, it is most likely that for something so small your web designer could charge you for the entire hour’s work.
5. Research Web Hosting / Domain Registration
Often, web designers will recommend a hosting/domain registration service. Sometimes there may be a deal where they will tie in your web design alongside as a package deal, and this is usually a very good idea. However, feel free to shop around and see what’s out there and you may find yourself a better deal. If you’re stuck on how to proceed with purchasing hosting or getting a domain registered, you can always ask your web designer for advice.
So there we have it, 5 very useful tips in order to save you time and/or money on your upcoming web design project. The best web designers out there don’t want to waste your time by potentially dragging out a project in order to get paid a premium hourly rate, so stick to these tips in order to have a cheaper, but by no means less-quality, experience building your website.