I *may* be in the market to have one or two websites developed. Given that I consider myself quite competent from a technical perspective, I could theoretically spend the time and do it myself. That is the decision I am trying to make -- do I want to do it myself?
A couple of things make me answer no:
1. I am not a good artist. I am not necessarily looking for crazy, flashy sites, but I do want the site to look professional and not drive people away on first impression.
2. While I am technical yes, putting it all together from the look of the site, to the content management, to the interaction with backend data would take me probably more time than it is worth.
Ahhh the word "worth"...that is where the sticking point is. So I have my basic requirements for a website -- primarily informational, needs blog integration, no shopping cart needed (at first, but maybe later), ad supported initially, forum included, etc. So the question becomes how much does it cost for someone to develop my site vs. what I think it is worth to develop such a site myself? That question is what I need answered.
So who out there can recommend either (1) a strategy to getting a quote to develop my website -- I would hope it is not out of the realm of reason to expect a "free" consultation from a web designer (2) a person(s) or company that you have used to develop your website that you believe included the proper process for developing the site from inception to completion?
Like I said, I am looking for the best, fairest, most honest estimate of the cost to develop my site by a professional web designer vs. the cost of me doing it myself. A basic cost/benefit analysis.
TRJoel12/20/2007 2:17 PM