Website designer, developer or agency? What’s the difference?

Something that I think is hard to understand if you are new to the web. You hear people saying that you will need a website for your business and you want a web designer to do that for you. Well yes and no. A web designer is definitely needed in the process of things to get your website online. But a web designer is usually not proficient with coding. Meaning the function of your website won’t be as good as if you go to a website developer. Also when looking for a website designer how do you know if they are any good? Do they have a portfolio? Are they too expensive? You get what you pay for? Chances are if you are setting up a new business not involved with the web industry you haven’t given your website that much thought about what it needs to do for you. Let’s break some things down. Web Designer Here are a few check points or questions you need to ask: Is it his full time job? (If it’s a spare time hobby, he won’t be as good as someone that does it for a living) Does he have a good portfolio? Does he outsource the coding? How much is he charging? There is so much choice, which one is right? It’s a very hard process to choose the right person for the job, Web designers usually will lack in programming and will not have much of a clue when it comes to GOOD SEO, they may know a bit but not as much as an SEO expert that does it...
How much does a website cost?

How much does a website cost?

This is something that I get asked on a daily basis working in Loinim Media. How much a website costs is unfortunately a question that can’t be simply answered. Asking a few questions about the functionality that’s needed usually elicits a blank look followed by – “But roughly how much?” “On average?” If you’re asking these questions it probably means that you need to give more thought to what you want to achieve through your website before you actually go ahead and get one. We can, of course, help you to establish what you’ll need your website to do, but for now let’s run some numbers and discover the true cost of a website. Something Basic Starting out a new business with a tight budget as a start up means you have to be really strict with what you can afford. However, branching out onto the internet is something you need to be spending some time and money on. You can probably go directly to a website designer to set you up with something but for anything half decent on a CMS (Content Management System) you would be looking at around £400-£600. If you go to a fairly big agency for the same thing you would probably be looking at a website cost of £2000. (I built a basic site in an agency a couple of years ago and they billed out at about £3,500) So for a small business an agency is definitely out the window! Another thing that isn’t thought about when setting aside budgets is the cost of the website hosting. Though it’s not a huge outlay...
Setting up your own business

Setting up your own business

Are you thinking of setting up your own business? Here’s three questions that you might have when it comes to setting up in business for the first time. Do you have to register your business or be a Limited company? Do you need to be VAT registered? What if you have a business partner? Well there are a number of options that you can take and it really depends on you. Do you have to register your business or be a Limited company? If you are a small business and it’s just you in the early stages then I would recommend just setting yourself up as a sole trader. This means you just need to contact HMRC to let them know that you are going self employed (You can have self employment income while still having a full time job). Being a Limited company in my eyes doesn’t hold many benefits, though depending on the industry you are in some businesses will only work with Registered Limited companies. So you will need to do your research as being a limited company means that you have to pay a pricey accountant to do your books for you as a bookkeeper can’t file the end of year report without having it signed off by a fully qualified accountant. Do you need to be VAT registered? This is totally up to you, however, starting out early and being able to do business with smaller businesses not having to charge them VAT is a great benefit as it means you can be at least 20% cheaper than your competitor. With other VAT registered...
New Business Help

New Business Help

Are you thinking about starting a new business? Or maybe you have and are now realising that there’s a few areas that you find difficult? Finding the right business help, levels of support and training at an affordable price can be hard – and this is exactly what you need when you’re starting out. Business Help at an Affordable Price New business help at an affordable price is right here and, even better, myself and my business partner know exactly what you’re going through because we have both set up our own businesses individually and know how hard it can be in the early days. Between us we have a wealth of experience in not just starting a new business, but also all the bits in between that might be a little tricky but are crucial in order for your new business to grow and become the success that you want it to be. Web design and development is my field of work and I have met a lot of businesses really struggling in this area to gain support and be able to afford to set up professionally. I want to help, without overwhelming you with technical information. Here are just a few benefits from joining the Online Business Hub. What can we do for you? Get your website set up and hosted for you. Provide you with easy to follow “how to” guides and videos. Offer advice on what works and what doesn’t Help you to increase “targeted” traffic to your website Help you to correctly optimise your site in order to increase your conversion rate Provide you with information and support...
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