When I started my first business nearly ten years ago I had one requirement for my website: As an online retail store I didnt want the site to look like I had built it in my bedroom. Unfortunately WordPress wasnt what it is today, and I had no time or knowledge to build an HTML site. In the end, I paid $1500 (that I didnt have) to get a professional site designed. When Dave and I started Sutton Creative Studios spending $1500 was no where close to being an option. Luckily, low budget websites are now in the cards for small business owners. (Read more)
1. sut t oncreat ivest udios.com http://suttoncreativestudios.com/low-budget-websites/ Kimberly Sutton May 15, 2014 Low Budget Websites When I started my f irst business nearly ten years ago I had one requirement f or my website: As an online retail store I didnt want the site to look like I had built it in my bedroom. Unf ortunately WordPress wasnt what it is today, and I had no time or knowledge to build an HTML site. In the end, I paid $1500 (that I didnt have) to get a prof essional site designed. When Dave and I started Sutton Creative Studios spending $1500 was no where close to being an option. Luckily, low budget websites are now in the cards for small business owners. I have to tell you My f irst instinct/action WAS to go to the guy who had built my f irst website and ask what it would cost to build another f or me. His answer shocked me. $20,000 and youll be added to my wait list. Youre looking at about 2-3 months. TWO to THREE MONTHS?! WHAT!?!?? We couldnt wait that long! Forget having $20,000! THAT was never going to happen, at least f or our site! So I jumped into WordPress. (Extremely) low budget websites are now an option f or anybody and everybody. Aside from the URL registration and hosting costs which will cost anywhere between $50-100/year with a service like GoDaddy, WordPress sites can be FREE. Our f irst website to Sutton Creative Studios used one of the included f ree themes which came with the WordPress download. About a year into the business I f elt our site needed a Facelif t. Sure, we were told our site looked nice, but who wants to hear nice about anything? I wanted to hear, Your website is f reaking awesome! And still limited to a budget, I had to be able to do it at a low cost. Enter Themeforest.net. I dont even remember who told me about Themef orest. I believe it was somebody I met through networking on Facebook or LinkedIn, and if it was you, THANK YOU! To say Ive spent hours perusing the site would be an understatement. And not only have I spent hours, so have my clients! Ranging f rom about $45-$60 per theme, Themef orest allows users to purchase a prof essionally made WordPress theme, of ten with documentation and demo f iles, to make their own site. Or, in our case, our clients purchase a theme to drastically cut down on the time and money spent to build their site. Could we build a custom site f or them? Sure! However the time Themef orest saves us is AT LEAST 15-20 hours in billable time. Together with Lynda.com, Themeforest allowed me to rebuild our website in the matter of about 5 days. I worked on it af ter business hours, and can not deny that I was about to pull my hair out a time or two. Shortcodes are not always as easy as they should be, and documentation doesnt always encompass all it should. But if you have $75 and 20ish hours to spend, you CAN make your own low budget websites. Do you NO time but a little more money available f or your website? Sutton Creative Studios can make your prof essional looking website a reality! Contact us today to discuss the options we have f or website build- outs.
2. ***** Kim Sutton is a f ounding partner of Sutton Creative Studios, an agency specializing in social media management, graphic design and virtual assistance. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Interior Architecture. In her f ree-time, Kim cherishes the time she gets to spend with her husband, Dave (her business partner), and three children. She also enjoys reading, knitting and writing. You are invited to f ollow Sutton Creative Studios by f ollowing our blog, subscribing to our newsletter, or f ollowing/liking us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ or Pinterest. In addition, please comment and/or contact us with any questions. Copyright Sutton Creative Studios - Built with Passion