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How much does it cost to hire a web designer in Brisbane?

The cost of hiring a web designer in Brisbane to design a new business website for your company can vary widely, with quotes ranging from $750 to $15k. The problem is knowing which website designer is offering you the best value package, and giving you a website that includes all of the features you need.

For example, it’s fair to say that if a website consultant offers to design a professional business site for $750, it’s going to be very low quality with poor coding and won’t include all of the features you need. Even for a good quality, but ‘bare bones’ professional website you can expect to pay at the very least $1000, and probably closer to $2000.

In general, for a quality website that needs to represent your brand, you are looking at $2000 to $5000, depending on the features. Of course, this is just a general guide. You may have a lot of extra requirements (online stores, payments, bookings, integrations with other software) or you may need custom development work. The price would obviously be much higher in these cases, but for a standard website package you would have to question the price if a web designer in Brisbane quoted $15,000, for example.

Why do prices vary so greatly?

The way website packages are quoted can be vastly different from one developer to the next. Some charge by the hour, some bundle it together. Some work from template designs while others design from scratch. The features in each package will also vary considerably, such as the number of design revisions, security features, training, support, and dozens of other items. Some developers will also only offer corporate website packages, while others may be geared towards smaller businesses and therefore only include the absolute essentials in many of their packages.

If you’re in the market for a professional business website and are faced with a variety of different quotes, here is our biggest tip on sorting out the wheat from the chaff.

Break down the costs of each website designer’s quote

There’s no easy way to do this, other than picking one website consultant and asking them to make these comparisons for you. After all, if you have five different quotes with huge price differentials, it makes sense to ask the website designer with the highest quote to justify their costs.

What you want is a detailed breakdown of all the costs in all of the quotes you have received, so that you can compare them side by side and can tick off which web designer in Brisbane covers everything on your list.

When you ask a website consultant to justify their costs, this is where you will really see what you are getting for your money. They should be able to explain each feature and how it benefits you. This will help you understand the process… but don’t go crazy here. No one likes having to justify their prices, so you should just seek a simple explanation.

At GO Creative, we always give you a detailed quote and we are quite happy to help you compare our packages with those from other website designers.

Corporate web design services from offshore providers can cost you more in the long run

If you’re working on a new website for your business, then you need a company that offers you professional corporate web design services. The problem is that some businesses look to engage an offshore provider to save money, but in most instances, it can end up costing even more money in the long run (and give you ulcers as well!).

A highly professional touch is needed to create corporate web designs, and sufficient experience to know what does and doesn’t work. If you pay some guy in India $10 an hour to design your website, instead of a professional in Australia who charges (say) $100 an hour, you could be buying a whole lot of trouble.

Here at GO Creative, we have a long standing reputation for professional corporate website design, and therefore we charge a lot more than $10 an hour to our clients for this service. However, if you’re considering outsourcing your corporate web design services overseas, here are three important considerations:

1. How much experience do they have?

Many offshore providers aren’t qualified or experienced in any form of design, let alone corporate website design, which means that even if the work is cheaper and faster, it isn’t going to be high quality. You may have checked out their online folio or read their testimonials, but you normally can’t speak to them over the phone or check their references.

2. How efficient are they?

A lot if so-called “web developers” overseas will hire workers off the street and provide only basic training. So when you give them a task that should really only take 30 minutes, they might blow 3 hours on it, and do it poorly at the same time. Then you’re paying a premium price for low quality work. Not to mention, a common frustration is that offshore developers have an extremely low level of attention to detail, so you end up wasting your own time going back over the same instructions.

3. What support do they offer?

The language barrier can be a real issue during both the design stage and afterwards when you need ongoing support. You may even find that they may not offer ongoing support or even a warranty on their services and even worse, many of these providers actually disappear without warning, leaving you in the lurch with a half-finished website and no way to get in touch with them at all. Unfortunately, that’s a pretty common scenario.

In the end, it all comes down to quality, communication and support, which we provide to our clients in spades. Creating attractive, functional and results-oriented corporate websites is our bread and butter, so if you want a professional website from a reputable provider, call us on 07 3333 2932 or get an instant quote online.

Save on tax by starting your new website now!

The end of financial year is fast approaching! If you’ve been thinking about developing a new website for your business, why not act now with a professional web design in Brisbane? You’ll be able to deduct the expense in this financial year and reduce your tax bill.

We have a range of website packages available (including through our partner company, Just Websites) to suit a range of budgets. We go the extra mile on EVERY project to make sure you’re 100% satisfied with the result.

All of our websites are:

  • designed to work on PCs, Macs, phones and tablets
  • customised to your design requirements
  • easy to update yourself with a drag-and-drop editor
  • available up front (50% deposit, 50% when completed) or on 12 month payment plans
  • developed by our local Brisbane team with 50+ years of combined experience
  • designed using stock images, if you don’t have suitable photos of your own
  • completed within 2 weeks (if content is provided up front, or we can write it for you).

While we specialise in small business websites, we work with everyone from sole traders right through to News Corp, Coles and other heavyweights, so we understand the needs of all businesses.

Don’t put it off any longer!

Web design in Brisbane has never been so affordable! Let’s get your new website knocked over and start bringing in new business for you.

Give us a call on (07) 3333 2932 or get a free quote online in a few clicks and we’d be happy to help.

Are all corporate web design services the same?

There are so many web developers in Brisbane offering corporate web design services, so how do you figure out which one is best for you?

One of the biggest issues for companies when selecting a web developer is that they don’t know what they don’t know. Comparing apples to apples can be very difficult when you’re wading through a checklist of website inclusions, many of which will be completely foreign to you. Every web developer is different. It’s not like shopping for a car where you can compare some basic facts and figures, or jump in for a test drive.

Making matters worse, how do you even know if the web design company you’re considering using has been around for a long time, or is a relative newcomer with little experience?

As a long standing web development company in Brisbane, many of our clients have come to us in the first place because their website project didn’t go to plan, in one way or another. So how can you make sure that you receive a high quality corporate website design that will establish a positive presence on the internet for your business?

Questions to ask corporate web design agencies

As you can imagine, asking a lot of questions is the only way to be really sure that your corporate web design package will include everything that is important to your company. Here are some important questions to help you filter out the good from the bad:

  1. Can you help us compare your packages to those of another web developer?
  2. Can you offer a full range of services in addition to corporate web design, such as copywriting, search engine optimisation, and graphic design?
  3. Are there any key limitations of the software or packages that we should be aware of?
  4. Do you have clients who we can phone for a reference?
  5. Can you show us examples of websites which you developed at least three years ago, including proof of their age?
  6. Can you show us examples of websites which you have developed in the past month, including proof of their age?
  7. What makes you different to other developers?

Another concern is always the budget and without a doubt, you will want to save as much money as possible on the design of your website. The problem is that there are many web design packages around the $500 mark, but many of these are designed by people with little experience or training and don’t offer any ongoing support. In fact, many of the ‘cheaper’ websites are outsourced overseas, resulting in very poor website designs.

All of this means that if you are searching for a web development company in Brisbane, interstate or even overseas, you need to be very careful and ask a lot of questions, before you make your final decision. Local developers are usually the best choice in any case, because you can see them face to face if any issues arise or you need to have a meeting to discuss the project.

If you want a professional and experienced Brisbane web development team to create your website, call GO Creative on 07 3333 2932 or get an instant quote online.

How do you know if your web design company has everything covered?

When you’re looking for a web design company in Brisbane, it can be difficult to know which company is best for your business. This is usually because most people don’t know enough about web development to make an informed decision.

No one can know everything about all topics, which leaves you in a quandary about picking the right website developers. Brisbane has so many options in this area that it’s easy to feel stuck. One common strategy used by many businesses is to compare prices. A great tip here is to ask the developers themselves to help you compare their services and costs with their competitors, as this will help you to realise that you might be paying for a substandard service.

Know which questions to ask

There’s more involved in selecting a web design company than just money, even though this is of course a serious consideration. If you’re searching for a web development company in Brisbane for your business, here are five questions to ask before making your final decision:

  1. Can they build a responsive website? Since over 50% of all websites are now opened on mobile devices, it is vital that your new website is mobile friendly.
  2. Do they include optimisation features? Your website needs to be optimised for search engines (e.g. Google). So you not only need the ability to add meta titles and descriptions, but you also need fast loading web pages and a page structure that is recognised by search engines.
  3. Who writes the content? The content of your website needs to be optimised for both search engines and for people, so unless you can do this job yourself, ask whether the web design company has a copywriter.
  4. Who provides sources and images? If you engage the web developer’s copywriter, find out who’s responsible for sourcing and paying for any images needed.
  5. Can they explain your costs? Ask for a detailed list of all costs involved in creating your website. Also ask for their refund policy, payment schedule and timeframes for completion.

You can get an instant quote online for your new website or call us on 07 3333 2932 for a chat with our team of website developers in Brisbane.

 

What are the best options for a website on a limited budget?

Just because we’re website developers doesn’t mean that we expect every business to have a reasonable budget when they first start out. There is no doubt that a bespoke website designed specifically to suit all of your needs would be ideal, but what if you’re a startup or a micro business with a very tight budget?

All said and done, there is definitely an argument that can be made in support of free or cheap websites, such as WIX or Weebly. The problem is that these free websites generally don’t offer good long term results.

What’s better than a free website?

For those of you who want more flexibility, scalability and control over their websites, you can step up a level and use a platform like Squarespace. This type of platform gives you more flexibility in the design and layout of your website and are easier to use in the back-end, but you are still constrained within certain limits and you have to pay a monthly fee.

We know that budget and cashflow can sometimes be problems for small businesses, which is why we recently launched a new brand, Just Websites. Through Just Websites, we’re able to offer professionally designed websites without all the bells and whistles. This is the next step up from platforms like Squarespace, as there are no ongoing fees, and no limitations on what can be done with the website in future.

If you’re not overly concerned with premium security features, site speed and ranking in Google immediately, then this type of low cost website package may be perfect for your needs. You can always save up and add all the extra features you need at a later date, but at least you will have a professionally designed website online ASAP.

How can you afford a bespoke website on a budget?

We have two options for you, both of which will give you a website designed by our team of professional website developers in Brisbane:

  1. Just Websites: The first option is to start with a basic website for a small startup fee and a fast setup.
  2. GO Creative: The second option is to go straight for enhanced packages, either paid up front or on a 12 month payment plan.

GO Creative has been a leading web design company in Brisbane for more than 16 years — and now, with Just Websites, we’re able to offer professional website packages to suit even the smallest budgets.