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Hello Everyone,

 

I'm in the process of starting up my own VA business and have a question about web design for all of you. Naturally, I'd love to have an amazing and attractive web site but I'm not sure if hiring a web designer is the best option. So basically my questions are as follows:

 

1. How much is too much to pay for web site design, hosting, domain?

 

2. Is it worth it to hire a designer?

 

3. What programs do you suggest using to create your own web site?

 

Any info would be a huge help...

 

Thanks!

Sarah

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I had to reply on this post. I did my own website for the first year and a half. Spent many hours changing, updating , tweaking etc. I would think it looked good, submit it for review and be blown out of the water (kindly). And I know html, I do sales pages alot so I'm not completely new to the subject. Finally, I asked my web designer (who does my clients pages) to design the page for me. Within a month and a half of loading the new design, my business doubled. Is it worth hiring a desigeer? YES YES YES :thumbup:

 

Hosting and domains are pretty cheap. I like dreamhost but there are many others out there and you can get as low as $5 a month. Domains less than $10 a year. I've heard web design prices all over the charts but we design basic sites for $600.

 

Hope that helps!

Karen

 

 

Hello Everyone,

 

I'm in the process of starting up my own VA business and have a question about web design for all of you. Naturally, I'd love to have an amazing and attractive web site but I'm not sure if hiring a web designer is the best option. So basically my questions are as follows:

 

1. How much is too much to pay for web site design, hosting, domain?

 

2. Is it worth it to hire a designer?

 

3. What programs do you suggest using to create your own web site?

 

Any info would be a huge help...

 

Thanks!

Sarah

 

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I agree with Karen that it's worth having a web designer tackle your website if your budget permits. Until that time, you can take advantage of the free website template available to all VAnetworking members >> http://www.va.vanetworking.com/ to get your web presence up quickly.

 

You can also check into the pricing to have a Wordpress blog created as a website. This would be a very economical alternative and easy to maintain.

 

~Ruth

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If you don't have a lot of html experience it might be best to hire a designer, especially one that has some knowledge about SEO. Although this is something you can teach yourself, it might be best to focus your energies on other areas of marketing your business. Unless of course, this excites you and you want to learn all about it.

 

The other thing to keep in mind is that a designer can manipulate a template to give your website a customized look ... although this again is something you can learn, it is always nice to leave it to the professional (unless you have a strong desire to learn this!!).

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Hi Sarah! (and fellow Calgarian) :D

 

I hired a professional web designer to do my website and was very happy with what she did. She actually provides great discounts for fellow VAs, if you want her name just send me a PM and I would be happy to pass on her information.

 

Good luck!


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Web design is part art and part science--and way outside my expertise. I always leave my graphic needs to trained specialists.

 

If you're not a Web designer--and if your budget at all permits--hire a Web designer.

 

There are certainly temporary measures you can take, but for the long haul, get a professional!

 

In fact, you'll find many resourceful and talented Web pros right here.

 

How about putting out an RFP through the VANA RFP system?

 

Ramona

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you everyone for the great advice. I'm going to start contacting some potential web designers and get some quotes. I'm really excited to get my business going and I believe a strong web site will help.

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I agree with everyone... someone with experience can really create a professional image for your business. There are many VA's that have experience with web design and offer these services, so you may want to scope out someone right here...

 

Kim

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Hi Sarah!

 

From a web designer perspective, a FANTASTIC web hosting company is godaddy.com! They have GREAT support and really understand and can walk you through any problems..they also happen to be one of the cheapest.

As for the designer, since web designers typically know how to input html for search engine optimization, it is worth hiring one! Basically, they put in code for your site to come up on search engines like google, yahoo, etc based on keywords. There is a science to it and it takes research, but it can REALLY help!

 

Corey

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Hi Sarah,

 

If you can afford it, hiring a web designer is the way to go.

 

If you can't, then I recommend hosting yourself a wordpress.org blog/website combo design. These work well for Virtual Assistant businesses plus are easy to manage if you know little HTML.

 

As for hosting, I highly recommend the package we have here for VAs which outbeats GoDaddy by a mile in my opinion plus we have a tech team that is very helpful and will get you up and running in no time. We have a great cpanel hosting system and wordpress is installed simply by the click of a button ;)

Click here to heck out our VAnetworking hosting package for VAs.

 


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As a VA, having a decent website design is very important to your success. Some are able to construct their own site using FrontPage or Dreamweaver, but the learning curve is steep if you're designing your first site. If you can afford a web designer & don't want to spend many, many hours figuring out how to create your own site, then a great web designer will be a perfect help for you. Expect to pay anywhere from $300-600 depending on the designer you go with and the complexity of your site. Please feel free to PM me if you have any other questions since this area is my expertise.

 

 

Best wishes,

Stephanie

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Thanks for all your input. I've been searching around and the cost of hiring a web designer right now isn't exactly in my budget as everyone I've gotten quotes from are thousands of dollars. I've been looking at homestead.com....has anyone had any success with that?

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This definition separates web design from web programming, emphasizing the functional features of a web site, as well as positioning web design as a kind of graphic design.The process of designing web pages, web sites, web applications or multimedia for the Web may utilize multiple disciplines, such as animation, authoring, communication design, corporate identity, graphic design, human-computer interaction, information architecture, interaction design, marketing, photography, search engine optimization and typography.

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I must agree with Ramona when she said that Web Designing is "part art and part science." I myself think that it is not just anybody's skill but more of a talent or craft. You might have all the ideas to put into your website to make it more appealing to your audience but what complicates is how you would transform all these ideas into real.

 

Luckily, we have Web Designers on our Team who work for us and for our Clients. :appl:

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