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The ins and outs of Web Design Services

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Alex, Staff Writer

Friday, 25th June 2021

The internet may now be into its fourth decade of use, but that doesn’t make designing your own website any less intimidating. With a multitude of choices to make, many of which will affect your business or website service, having your website built by a professional is a popular choice. Web design services take many different forms, from the initial consultation to the physical designing of the site and also the maintaining and management of the site.

By searching Bark for web designers, you will be able to easily narrow down your search and find local web design services in your area. Before you make that search, we will break down the ins and outs of web design services and how they interact with the user and the designer.    

How much does it cost to design a website?

The cost of designing a website can be affected by a range of different factors. These include both the type of website you want and the ongoing services you require. At its cheapest level, providing your own website services will be the most cost-effective, yet if your skills are wanting, this isn’t the best option. 

The next best option is to opt for a web design service that uses a free website template from DIY website builders. This option will mean you use free website builders, paying around $16 a month to do this. Again, this is only relying mainly on your own designing capabilities.   

If we go into the world of web designers, then this is where the price begins to rise, it is also where the quality of web design and services increase. Let’s have a look at what affects the cost of website design and how hiring a web design service can help you.

Website domain

Every professional website needs its own domain name. Lucky, then, that a domain name is relatively inexpensive to buy! Depending on the website you use to register your website domain, the cost will be between the $16 and $75 mark. You must ensure your domain name is free to use before settling on one, and it’s also advisable to choose something catchy, and something that relates to your services, especially if it’s for your business.

Website hosting

Another cost you must keep in mind is the price of website hosting in Canada. Once the website is designed, it must be hosted by a server and this can cost a yearly fee. The website hosting fee all depends on the overall size and type of website you are choosing to host. The average cost will stand around $44 to $700 per year - again, this price will vary depending on the type of hosting you wish to have.

Check for SSL Certificate

Many web design services will also give you a chance to secure an SSL certificate. This Secure Sockets Layer certificate is an issuance of the authenticity of your website. It is especially important if you’re a website that specializes in selling goods or offering a service. This certificate proves you are a site worth trusting and allows encryption. It also enables customers to safely put their bank details into your website when purchasing a product or service. These certificates can cost anywhere between a few dollars to $200. 

Who provides your web design services?

Searching Bark for web design services will bring up a huge list of potential web design services in your local area, yet there may be one huge difference between the two different kinds of providers. The main providers of web design services will be bigger companies and agencies, but you can also hire a freelance web designer. Knowing which is the right selection for you and your needs is a completely personal one. Let’s take a look at how the two differ and what they each can offer you as a client. 

Web design agency

Choosing to hire a web design agency to create your website has its own advantages and disadvantages. First off, hiring an agency means they are likely to have a long line of experience in the industry; calling on this experience means they are able to give you the best advice and instruction.

Agencies are far more likely to have larger teams, meaning they can deal with huge websites and have them finished in a shorter period of time. The downside to hiring a web design service through an agency is the price. Hiring a well-established agency will mean higher pricing, paying for consultations and added fees as the project gets underway. 

Freelance for web design

Another web design service you can find through Bark is freelance web designers. Hiring a freelancer to complete the design of your website, again, has its own pros and cons. The advantages of using one freelancer include the ability to have a point of contact with one person, perfect for explaining ideas and getting them included in the final design and plan. Other advantages include being able to negotiate a better price, with freelancers generally charging less than a huge agency or company. The only possible disadvantage of using a freelance web designer is the time it may take for them to complete. As they are not working as part of a team, it can take a little longer than hiring an agency.

To sum up    

The entire process of hiring someone to design your website can be a straightforward one. The only decisions you need to make are the type of features you wish to include, the money you want to spend and the time constraints you have on your website going live. And, finally, deciding whether you want an agency or a freelancer to carry out the design. Once you have made these decisions, you are free to hire the perfect web designer for your project.

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