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Building Your Small Business Website: Web Design

John Jorgensen is the Search Engine Marketing Manager at Docstoc. In this video he discusses how to design your small business website.

  1. Use Wordpress themes (free)
  2. Use Wordpress themes (paid)
  3. Higher a designer through 99designs.com

A lA lot of small business owners get stuck when it comes to web design. I’ve talked to a lot of different business owners who like to take it upon themselves and say, you know what? I know the best layout, the best design for my site. I encourage you don’t do that as a small business owner. Actually, there are a lot of different ways you can get designs for your site that are fast, easy and your site will end up looking really professional.

And my first favorite way to do that is through WordPress Themes. So if you follow my advice to start your small business website on WordPress, they have a feature called Themes, which basically let you skin your site a number of different ways and actually, you can browse a ton of these themes for free and each one is a full-fledged design and you can interchange them really quickly. So you can try out different themes and see which one works best for your website. So if you don’t want to spend any money at all, I would definitely go with the free WordPress themes.

If you do have a little bit of money to spend, there are paid WordPress themes as well. So these are usually a little bit higher quality. You won’t see many of them out on the web, like you might see some free WordPress themes in a couple of different places. Paid Wordpress themes, they’re still not expensive. They usually run from like 20 to $40 and you can get some pretty nice looking themes for not a lot of money. A couple of sites you want to look at woothemes.com and elegantthemes.com are two good sources for that.

If you have more money to spend, my favorite place to find designers and web designs, it is called 99designs.com. And it will cost you in between 500 and $1,000 depending on what you want to pay. But you put up that money one time and what it actually does is creates a contest that anywhere from 10 to 40 different designers can enter. And so, you describe what you want, you know, you describe what your business is and any sort design elements you think would look good and then these designers take it upon themselves to come up with the best design for you. And then at the end of the day, you only pick one and then you pay that designer, you know, the 400, $500 price money and you’re left with a really nice looking design.

So if are looking for, you know, web design or design for your website, I would either go with WordPress Themes or 99designs.ot of small business owners get stuck when it comes to web design. I’ve talked to a lot of different business owners who like to take it upon themselves and say, you know what? I know the best layout, the best design for my site. I encourage you don’t do that as a small business owner. Actually, there are a lot of different ways you can get designs for your site that are fast, easy and your site will end up looking really professional.

And my first favorite way to do that is through WordPress Themes. So if you follow my advice to start your small business website on WordPress, they have a feature called Themes, which basically let you skin your site a number of different ways and actually, you can browse a ton of these themes for free and each one is a full-fledged design and you can interchange them really quickly. So you can try out different themes and see which one works best for your website. So if you don’t want to spend any money at all, I would definitely go with the free WordPress themes.

If you do have a little bit of money to spend, there are paid WordPress themes as well. So these are usually a little bit higher quality. You won’t see many of them out on the web, like you might see some free WordPress themes in a couple of different places. Paid Wordpress themes, they’re still not expensive. They usually run from like 20 to $40 and you can get some pretty nice looking themes for not a lot of money. A couple of sites you want to look at woothemes.com and elegantthemes.com are two good sources for that.

If you have more money to spend, my favorite place to find designers and web designs, it is called 99designs.com. And it will cost you in between 500 and $1,000 depending on what you want to pay. But you put up that money one time and what it actually does is creates a contest that anywhere from 10 to 40 different designers can enter. And so, you describe what you want, you know, you describe what your business is and any sort design elements you think would look good and then these designers take it upon themselves to come up with the best design for you. And then at the end of the day, you only pick one and then you pay that designer, you know, the 400, $500 price money and you’re left with a really nice looking design.

So if are looking for, you know, web design or design for your website, I would either go with WordPress Themes or 99designs.