Having an online presence is crucial for any business striving to stay competitive. As a small business, allocating a significant portion of your budget (or even your own money) towards website development can be challenging. That’s where packages or even the promise of a ‘free website’ might become appealing.
We often speak to clients that have been there, done that and got the experience that sits alongside it. It’s rarely an exceptional one. That’s not to say that you can’t find excellent small business website packages. It’s just crucial that you know what you’re looking for.
Whether you’re looking to revamp your existing site or create a new one from scratch, it’s worthwhile to understand the task before jumping on both feet at the thought of the many thousands of low-cost website design packages.
Websites For Small Businesses: The Benefits A Website Package Can Offer
The problem with website packages for small businesses is simple. There are so many out there, and it’s difficult to distinguish between the good and bad. A website package can significantly benefit your business, and the biggest benefit is having your site under one roof. What we mean by that is having one agency or web designer make your website, update your website, offer website hosting and more all in one pay monthly (esque) set-up. From a business perspective, it’s great, with one monthly invoice and one team to speak to about changes, but that doesn’t mean it’s without its pitfalls.
So, What makes a good web design package?
If you’re looking to get your business online and are considering a package, or maybe you’ve committed to a starter website already and are now having doubts, here are some essentials that every website package should include;
- Responsive Website Design – will the site be designed and optimised pages for different devices?
- Content Management Systems – will a robust content management system be in place, such as WordPress?
- Web analytics – will you be able to see what’s working from day one?
- Search engine optimisation (SEO) features – will your site be SEO friendly from the off? Read about Yoast if you use WordPress
- Flexible and scalable web hosting – can your website grow and adapt to meet the changing needs of the business and if so, are there any hidden costs?
- Customer support and ongoing technical assistance – will this be in place after going live once your website is built?
Finding a good package that offers a seamless experience for your customer and caters to the unique needs of your business may prove difficult, so it’s worth considering how much value you place on your website before pressing ahead with any old website builder.
A good web design package empowers your business to achieve its online goals while being user-friendly, functional, and reliable.
Bespoke Website Design Packages – do they exist?
Like pineapple and pizza, bespoke and packages should never really be put together. This is why our bespoke website design service is something you’ll have to get in touch about.
If you need a website built for you that meets your business requirements, you should consider speaking to an expert before buying an off-the-shelf solution. With our bespoke solutions, we aim to deliver you a new website design that works. Whether that’s a complex e-commerce site or a starter site, it’s crucial that every website works and performs as it should. We even offer affordable WordPress maintenance plans to give you the ongoing support you’ll inevitably need as your business grows.
Planning your first small business website: here’s the important info!
Planning your first small business website can seem overwhelming, especially if you’re unsure where to begin. However, with the right team supporting you, you’ll be able to sleep easily, knowing you’re not cutting corners. A good place to start might be our recent guide to small business website design.
For any web project we take on, we consider the business needs before working with you to determine the aims and objectives you have for your website, such as increasing leads and sales or building brand awareness. This will then help guide your website’s design and content creation.
Affordable Web Design vs Website Packages – Recognise the difference.
Affordable web design services might be different to a packaged solution, but in order to deliver a great website that will take your business to the next level, it could be a worthwhile consideration. When it comes to pre-packaged websites, the features and functionality are often predetermined based on the package they offer, which may not meet your website needs. For instance, if your business requires a customised online form or a unique checkout system, a pre-packaged website may not be able to fulfil these needs, leaving you with problems later on down the line, so it’s worthwhile at least speaking to multiple vendors in order to understand what you’ll need. The benefit of these conversations is that the agencies or freelancers will always bring things up that you might have never even thought of.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The cost of a small business web design package can vary depending on the package you choose and the web design company you work with. Many web design companies across the UK offer affordable web design packages that are designed for small businesses.
When investing in a web design package, you should expect a certain level of support to ensure your website or e-commerce store runs smoothly and effectively. This may include technical assistance to help you with any issues that may arise, such as broken links or technical glitches. Additionally, you should expect customer support to be readily available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have throughout the web design process and beyond. Many web design packages may include UK-based website hosting and ongoing maintenance, such as software updates and security measures, to keep your website secure and up-to-date.
Get in touch today to learn more about how we can help take your online presence to the next level.
We offer a free initial consultation to discuss our web design packages and how they can benefit your business. Our bespoke packages are specifically tailored to meet the needs of your business, providing a range of features and pricing options to choose from. Whether you’re looking to revamp your existing website or create a new one from scratch, we’re here to help. Our team can walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have, ensuring that you’re comfortable and informed every step of the way. By choosing our bespoke web builds, you can be confident that you’re getting quality designs that are user-friendly and optimised for search engines.