Yes, I’ve heard all the talk about cheap websites made from templates. They’re cool, too. HTML 5 generated by drop and drag makes it hard to resist but there is one caveat to them besides the costly backend fees: lack of customization. With customization comes a huge bill if you’re not careful…
Many clients look for customizations.
Every site has its own identity that follows through and projects your company’s brand. You have to take into account that there’s all types of things that can’t be customized in themes unless you have someone who knows what they’re doing. Most of us, at one point or another, have taken a coding class so we know one > can spell disaster for a website. In fact, missing pertinent characters can actually crash a site quicker than anything.
One of the reasons to hire a professional is to get the look you want rather than having a site that looks exactly like someone else’s. While its fantastic to bring to a meeting plenty of examples, it’s always good to understand the pro will come with their expertise of what works for engagement as well as usability for your site. Many professionals come to meetings with wire or wire frames to show you what a site can potentially look like through illustration, but even then, sometimes reality doesn’t match idea to a T. If you work with your designer, being honest about your likes and dislikes, you can save both of you tons of time (and you, money.)
A little patience is needed here as code is not coded in a split second…
It’s always good to have some examples but remember, the higher the end, the higher the cost. If you want bells and whistles like you see on MTV, animation doesn’t come inexpensively. It takes time to draw and make an animation work! Sometimes lots of time which can reek havoc on a small budget.
It’s always good to get an idea of the cost for a site ahead of time and even more brilliant to get what you can expect ahead of time. I know redesigning your site can sometimes be a taxing experience, but less surprise the better. Knowing that you will slip into per billable hour after a certain amount of time always helps you and your designer understand how to keep your bottom line to a minimum.