Web designers are part artist and part tech-geek. They're not only responsible for the look of a website, but also the functions. Web designers aren't required to have any specific training or certification as long as they have the skills to design a site. Although it's not necessarily a requirement, a knowledge of coding and programming can increase opportunities and income. Web designers should have:
There might come a point when you feel the need to expand your freelance operation into something bigger. While growing your business is exciting, it’ll involve some hard decisions and serious strategic thinking to transform your one-person operation into a multi-employee business. The following posts offer insights and advice for taking your web design or development business to the next level.
Pros: You benefit from the skill and experience of a professional to deliver a website that is handcrafted to work for your business, and deliver results. Can be optimised for Search Engines (SEO) to appear much higher up the rankings. Saves you time. Guarantees professional results. More likely to impress clients. You have the option to take your website elsewhere, change hosts and update it as you please.
When it comes to creating pages for your website there is a set of web pages that are standard or general which all small business websites should have. Here below is a list of the 13 most common pages that every website should have, and the type of information these pages should feature and include. If you need to create a website, we guide you step-by-step through the process of creating a small business website using WordPress.
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Better still, a web designer has the experience to avoid mistakes, know the do’s and don’ts of both planning and building a website – and be able to present your business (your brand) online in a highly professional way. In the age of complex sites, responsive design & CMS systems; they rarely develop a site entirely from scratch. Instead they’ll use “platform” or template from a 3rd party or one they’ve had developed for them (If they developed it themselves, that would make them a web developer!) and then build and customise the “front end” of the website for their client. This could be likened to someone who builds cars buying the engine and frame – then adding all the extra components and finishing touches themselves.

Weebly is another small business website builder that has been around for a while (since 2007) and has remained popular with small businesses. Weebly is a good fit for businesses that need websites, online stores, or blogs. It has a powerful drag-and-drop editor, making it one of the more customizable services available to small business owners. You can also use their App Market to customize your web development in any way you want.


The first thing you need to do is choose what website platform to build your website on. There are many different CMS (content management systems) to choose from and choosing the right platform is a top priority. You don’t want to start building your site on a CMS platform to find out that it’s totally wrong for you and your site. There’s a load of free website building platforms that you could use, but these free websites aren’t great for the long term. You’re restricted to using their own hosting and their own sub-domain ( yourwebsite.freewebsitecompany.com ).
I have a SAAS web application built in Laravel that is partially completed and needs additional work and improvements (the previous developer has other commitments). All of the requested updates/changes are in the attached Word Doc. The website is meant for teachers or businesses to provide microlessons to students or employees that they would access
If you need a website, logo, banner ad, landing page, mobile app, or email campaign designed, a web designer can help you with your project. They can give your website, e-commerce site, or app a fresh look and feel. They also create graphics for social media accounts and design themes for blogs or websites created in content management systems (CMS) like WordPress, Joomla!, or Drupal. On Upwork, you’ll find highly rated web design professionals who will use their imagination, creativity, and solid understanding of the digital space to tackle your design project and bring your ideas to life.
When it comes to creating pages for your website there is a set of web pages that are standard or general which all small business websites should have. Here below is a list of the 13 most common pages that every website should have, and the type of information these pages should feature and include. If you need to create a website, we guide you step-by-step through the process of creating a small business website using WordPress.
While you can code up your designs using just HTML and CSS, if you can also program using JavaScript, you’ll have a huge leg up against the competition. JavaScript allows you to take static elements on your site and make them interactive—think Twitter feeds that update automatically, websites that look different when you’re logged in, image sliders, and more!
Starting a website business can be a great way to work creatively in a field that you are passionate about, sell a unique product or offer a special service. Of course, there are millions of web businesses out there. The challenge is starting one that is user friendly and will resonate with people. The key to of course starting a business is offering a marketable skill or product, followed by creating a website and advertising.
Hi! My name is Jack Larsen, I'm a Web Designer and Front-End Developer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have been creating unique websites for clients for four years now. Each of the websites I design and build are designed to capture a specific audience's attention and keep them engaged. I can build your website in custom HTML, CSS, and Java Script. If needed I am happy to build your website using any Content Mangement System or web builder you are comfortable using including WordPress, Adobe Muse, Wix, Shopify, Squarespace, GoDaddy's Website Builder, Weebly, Bigcommerce, Ecwid, or Selz. Let me know if you have any questions! I'm happy to help.

Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.
If you want to become an expert (and be perceived as one too) you need experience, right? That means work done that shows what you can make. It's more than likely that you don't have clients when you are beginning, so a good idea is to start by making your own website. You'll need to have a portfolio eventually, but right now we are just looking for online presence. You can go back to it later and make something fancier when you've improved your skills. When you are working for yourself it's easy to lose focus or to enter in an infinite loop of changes in your work. Our advice is to set a date for your website launch and stick to it. Make a work calendar and schedule all your projects, from your learning aims to the creation of your portfolio. Remember to be organized (keeping a to-do list can be helpful) and always (ALWAYS) test your work before launching it. Work on any project as if it were a paid one. That way, you'll be prepared for eventual troubles when you're working on a professional project.
Thanks for your blog post. A few things i would like to contribute is that computer memory ought to be purchased but if your computer cannot cope with anything you do by using it. One can add two good old ram boards with 1GB each, as an example, but not one of 1GB and one with 2GB. One should always check the manufacturer’s documentation for the PC to ensure what type of memory space is needed.
Sitey is an intuitive platform that offers small business owners incredibly professional-looking websites in the blink of an eye. With each free account, you’ll receive 50MB storage, 5MB file upload and 1GB worth of bandwidth. Better yet, you’ll gain access to Sitey’s database of excellent templates, image galleries and simple social media integration.
Hi Linix, Thank you for your question! We would always recommend small businesses sell online with their own website. Most decent online store builders (check out Shopify) come with excellent blogging functionality, so you can integrate your blog with your online store. This doesn't tie you down to one selling avenue. Good online store builders can provide a lot of help with SEO (search engine optimization) and make sure your website / blog ranks higher in Google, so people can find it in the first place. Your wife wouldn't have to sell many products through her organic coffee brand's online store before the monthly fee looked pretty small. For these and other reasons, we'd always say it's sensible to get both an online store and a blog. With them working in harmony, you have more chance of making a success of your online business I hope this helps and good luck! Fred
A web designer is someone who has devoted huge amounts of time to staying on top of the latest developments and trends in websites, the way a visitor uses and flows through a website – not to mention the way they will be displayed on a wide range of devices. Their expertise enables them to carefully position information in a way that ensures the user enjoys their experience on the website, finds their eye drawn to relevant information. The visitor is led through the site in a pleasurable way that answers their questions and leaves them wanting to hire you or purchase a product. I cannot stress enough that it’s this function which actually defines the need for a website; to be informative, easy to navigate, leave a professional impression – and to convert potential business. A professional website will turn curious potential customers into loyal paying customers.
Note that you need to have a verified listing on Google My Business to use the website builder. A quick site:business.site check within Google shows about 113,000 results, which consist of both US and international small business owners. Business types include real estate, travel & tourism, computer training and software, summer camps, pest control and many others.
Great question. I agree with Adam. That said, it depends on your needs. The internet is incredibly vast and offers unlimited resources. All the plugins I use are free. I paid for a theme, as it is robust and visually stunning. I would recommend using a site called Pexels for free stock images. And I know for sure that you can get a site done for $500. Go ask students, particularly in web dev courses, or any blogger (who has probably experienced the hassle of creating a WordPress site). That's my 2 cents, but great question!
With a Bachelor's in Literature and a Master's in Psychology, I'd had zero business training in my life, save for some memorable conversations with my dad who is an entrepreneur. Until that point, I believed business wasn't "for people like me." In my mind, business was for people who were "numbers people," money hungry, and didn't care about changing the world or doing good.
If the primary purpose of your website is to sell products, you may want to choose a solution that specializes in creating an online store. BigCommerce is an ecommerce software that helps you to create and manage your online store, sell your products, and market your business. It costs $29.99/month and you can even use their free trial, no credit card required.
A web designer is someone who has devoted huge amounts of time to staying on top of the latest developments and trends in websites, the way a visitor uses and flows through a website – not to mention the way they will be displayed on a wide range of devices. Their expertise enables them to carefully position information in a way that ensures the user enjoys their experience on the website, finds their eye drawn to relevant information. The visitor is led through the site in a pleasurable way that answers their questions and leaves them wanting to hire you or purchase a product. I cannot stress enough that it’s this function which actually defines the need for a website; to be informative, easy to navigate, leave a professional impression – and to convert potential business. A professional website will turn curious potential customers into loyal paying customers.

When you control the tools, know the field and have your own website, it's time to start working on projects for others. First thing you have to do is decide whether you want to work in a study or agency or as a freelance designer. Either way, there are some things you have to take into account if you want to be taken seriously as a web designer. Build a portfolio site and keep it updated. Keep in mind that you're working in a constantly changing field, what three years ago was in fashion may look outdated now, so showcasing your most recent works is crucial to cast a professional image. Analise your work, know what you can or can't do, where you want to get and what you are willing to learn. Being aware of your skills is important to put a prize on your work and market it. Don't underestimate yourself, but remember that your first jobs are not about making money, but gaining experience and contacts. Design is a very subjective matter and web design is no exception. If you want to get the job, you must learn how to sell yourself. Work on your communication skills, create a personal brand, market yourself and remember to be organized and learn from your experiences, take problems as opportunities to learn and improve yourself as a professional designer. Now you are on the way to success, remember it takes patience, nothing good comes easy. Have a positive attitude and enjoy the ride.
Moonfruit is home to some of the Web’s most creative design templates. The platform’s free version enables small business owners to create a website of up to 15 pages on a second level domain. But Moonfruit does a whole lot more than host a few free templates. It also enables you to create an optimized mobile version of your site, and can be fully integrated with your company’s social media profiles.

“Fort Clarkston has been a client of IGD Solutions since 2015. IGD built our website from scratch and has remained the main host for our facility. We have had nothing but professional quality and quick and seamless service since day one. The staff at IGD are friendly and most of all, efficient! With IGD at our side, we will continue to have a simplistic, user friendly and effective website for our guests.” 
Are you looking for a qualified graphic designer that can handle all your toughest design projects? My name is Candyce and I have been serving clients on Upwork for over 5 years and have been able to maintain a 5 star, 100% job success score. I love my Upwork clients! "Candyce's company has done work for me for close to 5 years and has done a superb job with everything from business card design, to marketing materials like case studies, sales proposals, PDF brochures, as well as updating our Website. Her designs are always fresh and new so it is not the same recasting of old designs. Very reliable, also at times when we have to complete on short notice (i.e., within a few days and sometimes less). Highly recommended." My goal as a graphic designer is to help your business make a great first impression in your local market and stand out from your competition. My creative graphic design solutions: ✭ Graphic Design: Print design, fliers, Tri-fold brochures, white papers, multi-page brochures, leaflets, business cards, marketing collateral, local photography, pitch decks and presentation design, royalty-free stock photography. ✭ Brand Identity: Custom logos, branded style guides, iconography, illustrations. Branding packages also available upon request. ✭ Social Media Graphics: Infographics, ad visual designs, header images, memes, PDF downloads, E-books, social posts. ✭ Web Design: Custom website design, landing pages, e-commerce websites for your web graphic design needs. ✭ White Label Graphic Design: Reach out to me to find out how we can work together to get the visual results your clients need through my graphic design reseller program. I want to make sure we would be an absolutely terrific fit so let's hop on a quick call to discuss your business needs. I'm available Monday - Friday 9am-5pm PST and would love to talk. Best, Candyce Rohde

I'll break down a little for you. When you type the domain name "www.reddit.com" your computer searches the internet for this domain. After your computer has found the domain a request is sent to what we know as a server. The server, will then after, send the information that your computer is asking for. For example, the login page for reddit. Servers are actually where websites are kept and not your computer. Now before companies like Bluehost or HostGator, people needed to buy their own servers and deal with all the hassle of maintenance, updates, technical issues, etc. Something that perhaps big companies could afford to pay someone to deal with, but not small-medium businesses that didn't have enough capital to do so. People saw this issue and create a solution by creating hosting services for these more unfortunate folks. This services then charge you a fee for a space in their servers. The service is just called hosting since these companies are hosting your website on their servers.

Chance are “little Johnny, the computer savant” is not going to be able to help you think the way that your average customer or client would think. He can’t; he’s probably still got a lot of MUSH for brains. Didn’t YOU when you were 15-25 years old? Heck, my own brain didn’t clear from an adolescent fog until I was in my 30s. If your average customer or client is in the 25-50 year old demographic and making in excess of $100K a year – do you REALLY want “little Johnny” thinking on your behalf about HOW to get your business in front of those people?

“Fort Clarkston has been a client of IGD Solutions since 2015. IGD built our website from scratch and has remained the main host for our facility. We have had nothing but professional quality and quick and seamless service since day one. The staff at IGD are friendly and most of all, efficient! With IGD at our side, we will continue to have a simplistic, user friendly and effective website for our guests.” 


Taking all of the above into consideration, what we recommend as the best route for a small on-line business is to hire an excellent HTML programmer who is also a talented graphic designer, and who can wear the SEO hat, too! The initial cost will be affordable if you’ve set aside a reasonable budget, and you will be starting with an appealing, professional, custom-made website which has been designed to standard SEO protocols. Yes, you will be paying for periodic updates of your site, but you will also have retained the services of an ally in the often-confusing Internet marketplace. You will know that you can phone up your designer with questions and concerns and they will know exactly who you are and how things are going with your company. A truly top-notch web designer will care about your business almost as much as you do!
About the author: Megan Hendrickson is the content manager at Bluehost, a Utah-based web hosting company that provides comprehensive solutions to internet users around the world. Hendrickson draws on more than a decade of editorial experience — and a stint at one of the nation’s top business schools — to write about tech, small business, and online marketing for the Bluehost Blog.
McKenzie M. Maxson is a freelance writer, reporter, and social media expert living in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of journalism and has worked with major media organizations in New York and D.C. McKenzie loves writing on any subject and exploring new topics through her work. For more information, visit her personal website (www.mckenziemmaxson.com).
I am a graphic and web designer based in Southern Florida. Over the last 10 years, I’ve had the opportunity to make web designs for several companies and countless industries; which has given me my strong extensive web designing knowledge and technical skills, I have also earned a degree in web design and graphics. My specialties include web design, Wix websites (including mobile), SEO and marketing material such as brochures, catalogs, banners, banner ads, emails, flyers pdf’s (including ebooks), social media graphics, business cards, branding, and album art. My favorite projects includes Wix web design (in which I have earned Wix Webmaster Credentials) and all types of graphic work, but I also love to take on new challenges to expand my portfolio and knowledge. I love what I do and I truly take pride in providing high quality work and making my clients happy.

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So you need a website built, but you don’t know where to start. If you’re like most of us, your first instinct is to pull up a search on Google. However, you’re quickly overwhelmed with options—all of which claim to be the best! So what do you do? How do you decide? Lists are a dime a dozen on the Internet, but they often lack the depth we need to make a good decision. In order to know what our best options are, we have to know the details. There are three specific avenues you can go through to receive a website design. All three of them have their own unique pros and cons.
Sitemaps come in two formats. XML sitemaps (these are made for search engine bots, helps search engines discover your content and is good to have from an SEO standpoint). HTML sitemaps are made for your “human” visitors (and what we refer to here.) A sitemap page is a non-fancy index page that lists all the web pages you have on your website. For example check out our sitemap page on https://digital.com/sitemap/.
This is the page most people will see first, and as such, it should tell everyone who you are and what your company does. The content on your homepage should be intriguing enough to capture the attention of your visitors within seconds. Your homepage needs to be well-designed, load fast and look professional. There are studies that show that you have 0.05 seconds to convince people stay on your website.

It’s also important to look at the things you can’t achieve without a designer. For example, do you need custom graphics or logos or animations that you can’t do yourself? Importantly, if you were to download Photoshop and start to do these things yourself, would you be able to achieve anywhere near the quality that a professional could? Often the answer is no.
Better still, a web designer has the experience to avoid mistakes, know the do’s and don’ts of both planning and building a website – and be able to present your business (your brand) online in a highly professional way. In the age of complex sites, responsive design & CMS systems; they rarely develop a site entirely from scratch. Instead they’ll use “platform” or template from a 3rd party or one they’ve had developed for them (If they developed it themselves, that would make them a web developer!) and then build and customise the “front end” of the website for their client. This could be likened to someone who builds cars buying the engine and frame – then adding all the extra components and finishing touches themselves.
WordPress: Best for complex websites of 20 pages or more (for example a multilingual website). The service is free, but you need to buy your own web hosting. It requires technical knowledge and doesn’t have official support. You have complete and unlimited customisation power if you spend some time learning how to install plugins and add-ons. But be aware that’s more difficult to use than a website builder, for example, no drag and drop features. Learn more about WordPress.
Just as you wouldn’t trust an overweight personal trainer or a skinny chef, you should probably never trust a designer with an ugly looking website or an SEO specialist who doesn’t rank well on Google or an “internet marketer” who uses direct outreach to generate leads. And by that I mean, if someone is selling you the idea of getting traffic through Google or Pay Per Click or Social Media, but they’re using cold outreach, like, they’re direct emailing you or they’re using word of mouth to get in contact with you, they’re really not practicing what they preach.
I'm looking for someone to help me create a user-friendly website to help find happy hour specials in my city. Things needed in the website: - Looks appealing to the user and is easy/intuitive to use - Allows users to submit listings and suggest updates - Allows business owners to "claim" and upgrade their listings for a fee - Has banner ads - Ability to filter by: ~ Happy Hour: Day of the week, time, whether food or drinks are included in the special ~ All day specials: day of the week, whether food or drinks are included in the special ~ A list of 20ish "other features" ~ Cusine of restaurant ~ Neighborhood - Has the ability to upload CSV data
Before committing to a website builder, you should always do your homework. After all, no two businesses are alike, and so you’ve got to come up with an idea of what it is you’re after in a website. But once you’ve figured that out, it doesn’t matter what industry you’re operating in or how comfortable you are with the Web.  There’s definitely a website builder out there that’s perfect for you and your small business.
With this system business owners can create from available templates, input all necessary text for each product and they offer credit card processing as well. This is a fee based all in one solution from a company that used to offer the free sites. Very nice solution for any small business with owner control and excellent security from a well managed company with a good reputation. Just take the link above to the description page.
The first thing you need to do is choose what website platform to build your website on. There are many different CMS (content management systems) to choose from and choosing the right platform is a top priority. You don’t want to start building your site on a CMS platform to find out that it’s totally wrong for you and your site. There’s a load of free website building platforms that you could use, but these free websites aren’t great for the long term. You’re restricted to using their own hosting and their own sub-domain ( yourwebsite.freewebsitecompany.com ).

Having a business website gives you an automatic online presence. Think of it as an online billboard. Instantly you have another chance to introduce people to your products and services and another way for people to find you. (Of course, how many eyes your billboard attracts will depend on your conscious marketing efforts to get people's attention, such as Search Engine Optimization, blogging, using social media, and online advertising.)
Then came the world wide web and a new disruption to the commercial status quo: the digital transformation. As more and more consumers realized they could find what they needed online faster and more effectively than a phone book, behavior shifted away from using the printed directory. By 2011, 70 percent of all Americans rarely or never used printed phone directories. Also in 2011, more than 59 percent of consumers were already going online to find local businesses.
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