Whether your site’s basic, advanced, or artisan, you wanna…

Me, before I went all Waterworld* on my hair.
*Okay, I used scissors.
  • fit your brand
  • have the capabilities you need
  • respond to screen sizes
  • are accessible for which disabilities you want to account for
  • are updatable for the future

If your website’s five, or ten, or fifteen years old—or if you don’t have a website at all—figuring out how to get a new one can be overwhelming.

How do you get a website that works on different devices? And has those features you want? And loads right? And looks how you want?

And why on earth do quotes on how much it should cost have such a wide range? $100, $2000, $10000—you can find folks quoting any one of those tiers, and what’s the difference?

What is the difference, among the various price ranges?

  1. What features the site has. Is there a blog? A store? A web forum? A customer service interface? Does it have fallbacks for folks with diabilities?
  2. How much of the work is templated. Just the program you use to log in and add new pages? The bulk of the appearance and code that makes the site work? All the appearance and source code?

(You can see more detailed descriptions and examples of each one in the links above. This site is an example of the last.)

The experience and knowledge of the web designer(s) or developer(s) factors into the cost, of course, but that has more to do with the quality of the output rather than what they charge.

Personally, I specialize in the “artisan” side of things, where I take old websites and either redo them with modern code, or I fit a design I’m handed (or redesign them, myself). My focus is on setting things up so they run efficiently now and will be efficient to update, later.

Need your current website converted into modern code? E-mail me a link and let me know if you want to just upload it and leave it alone, or if you want to be able to add and update pages, yourself.

Need a website for your business? Collect what features you must have, which you think you’d like, what your goal is for the site, and some examples of sites you like (with notes on what you like about them).

Want a website you’d be willing to wear? Collect images that demonstrate your personal style and tastes—maybe in clothing, maybe in paintings, maybe in websites. Just something that lets me see your personal sense of aesthetic. Don’t fret about matching your tastes exactlyPinterest, for example, lets you annotate images quite nicely.

Need a website that “clicks” with your target audience? Define your ideal site visitor—the more detailed, the better. Collect links to websites that attract people who fit that stereotype, so the design can seek to account for what appeals to them.

Core Examples

a basic (templated) design
a basic (templated) design
an advanced (customized) design
an advanced (customized) design
an artisan (custom) design
an artisan (custom) design

This website is an example of the custom/artisan type of design, but it’s one specific example. Take a peek at some others.

an image of a pure-code site
A small business’s website, developed per the client’s design.
an image of an story-game site
An online story-game, designed with Twine 1.4.2, which generated the code.
an image of a WordPress site
A freelancer’s website, designed and developed in WordPress.
an image of a blog site
A blog, designed and developed with Jekyll.
an image of a short story site
An online short story, designed and developed in vanilla code (which means I didn’t use shortcuts).