What’s the difference between affordable and cheap, as they relate to website creation. Obviously there’s a significant variation in connotation, but is that alone sufficient to warrant two distinct sets of four articles? In itself, no, but I feel that there is a critical difference between these two terms. Affordable website design simply means that you are getting a very good price for your website; it is a question of value rather than strict cost, a qualitative calculation rather than quantitative. Cheap web design, on the other hand, is purely a quantitative value, and indicates a minimal actual cost of the site.
However, the accepted connotation of the term cheap – a word that brings to mind shoddy, ugly, and ineffective products – is not inherently accurate with regards to web design. In fact, it is very possible to have a cheap website that is not only functional, but attractive. Getting there, however, is the tricky part, because connotations aside, you still have a budget!
In the world of website design, the best way to get the lowest price is to come prepared. If you don’t want to pay alot, you can’t expect a lot of work from your designer. This means you won’t be getting the powerful custom programming, the extensive database functions, the unique graphics. However, it doesn’t mean you’re stuck with black text on a white background either. In fact, you can still likely incorporate an innovative layout, attractive graphics, maybe even simple audio and video.
The only difference is that you have to provide it all. Setting up a layout is a minor challenge for a competent website developer. Embedding a midi or even a Flash file takes little more code than a simple image and less than your average table. Getting these things on the web is easy; creating and formatting them is what takes the time. As long as you already have attractive graphics or properly-formatted video, there is no reason that a web designer can’t insert them into your website and still provide you a low price.
Cheap web design does not have to mean ugly or ineffectual web design. It just means that the designer is not going to be putting in a lot of work, and thus, the task falls to you to come prepared with all the graphics and media that will be required to make your website look attractive. In short, the site’s appearance will be based on the graphics you’ve acquired and the layout you’ve designed, while the price will be based on the simplicity of the code required. To get an attractive website designed for cheap, proper preparation and attractive tools are what you need.