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Budget-Friendly Website Creation: Efficient Cost-Cutting Strategies

Budget-friendly website creation: A tilted jar full of coins.

Written by: Liset Alanis

As a graphic and web designer with over 18 years of experience in the industry, staying current with the latest design trends is a passion of mine.

November 2, 2023

Investing in a budget-friendly website is a valuable step for any business, but the creation process demands both time and resources. There are several effective strategies to curtail expenses without compromising the quality of your website. Here are four cost-cutting methods to consider:

Self-Hosting Solutions

Exploring various hosting options available in the market can lead to significant cost savings. Opting for a reliable hosting provider often proves more cost-effective compared to services offered by marketing agencies. While marketing firms typically charge between $100 to $200 monthly for hosting, a hosting provider may charge as low as $125 annually for website hosting. Moreover, many hosting providers offer standard website backup services. Consider providers like WPengine, IONOS (1 & 1), GoDaddy, or Bluehost for your hosting needs.

Personal Domain Purchase

Consider procuring your domain name through your hosting provider, a strategy that can save money and simplify the process. A .com domain name, for instance, can cost approximately $15 per year.

WordPress Installation

Many hosting providers offer free installation assistance for WordPress, a widely used, open-source platform that is free to use. Follow the simple setup guides provided, or seek assistance from your web designer if necessary.

Designing the Website

Once hosting, domain, and WordPress are in place, engaging a web designer becomes crucial. Attempting to design and develop a website without the requisite knowledge and skills is not recommended. Creating a website involves compliance with ADA guidelines, proper naming conventions, and accurate implementation of ALT tags and titles for images to avoid negative impacts on SEO and search engine rankings.

When collaborating with an hourly web designer, it’s vital to have all necessary content prepared beforehand. This minimizes the need for revisions and ultimately saves on project time and costs. Pre-planning and organizing website content can significantly streamline the design and development process, ensuring timely and budget-friendly completion. Additionally, well-prepared content aids SEO efforts, enabling the designer to optimize images and text for search engines.

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