What kind of website do I need?
Nowadays, it’s not easy to decide what kind of website do you need for a particular business, or what platform to choose!
Why is it hard? Well, with too many options it’s alway tough to choose, like with mobile phones, you’ve got 1000’s of Android phones to choose from and how do you make a decision? how long it takes you? what options you’re after?
So, with websites it’s a bit easier, you have just a few options, but even having the limited choice it’s still not easy to pick the right one for your business!
Subscription based Website services
One of the popular options is to get your website setup with Shopify, Wix, Weebly or Squarespace.
It’s quite easy and cheap way to get the website done, however, these platforms are limited to level of customisation, and it would be a headache to get something special done.
If you’re looking for something simple, then go with of the above, it will get you started! You will need to spend some time to setup the pages and content, and may need some assistance from web developers!
This option would suit to people with a budget from $200 AUD.
Content Management Systems - WordPress, Joomla, Drupal
More advanced and unlimited customisation options – Content Management Systems like WordPress is the way to go in most cases.
WordPress allows to create any type of website from a simple blog to highly integrated with 3rd party applications eCommerce website.
In most situations, you can handle the setup by yourself, if you have a time and desire to learn how to work with WordPress, otherwise, hire a web developer, as WordPress comes with a huge number of different options, especially, if you install a Premium Theme!
This option would suit to people with a budget from $1000 AUD.
One-Pager or Multi-pages Website, eCommerce or Standard Business Website, or Blog?
Well, this is the main question, what do you want?
- Selling online? – go with WordPress + eCommerce plugin + Premium Theme / Custom design – website from a freelancer would cost in average $2999 AUD!
- Have a business or planning to start, not selling online? – go with Standard Business website built on WordPress or Subscription based platform (depends on the budget) – website on WordPress from a freelance web developer would cost around – $1500 – $3000AUD.
- Having fun or doing a Blogging business? – WordPress + Premium Theme – Done, you will get a professional and good looking website with minimum investments! – cheap as chips – from a freelance web developer would cost around $599AUD.
Find out more about websites from my previous posts!
It comes to a budget and your goal, if you’re selling online, I would recommend to go with a proper setup (WordPress would suit you) and good hight speed hosting, this is an investment and should pay off quickly if done right. Everything else, you can use either CMS (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal) or Subscription based options (Wix, Weebly …), but keep in mind it might be challenging to make custom adjustments into Subscription based websites,
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