The days of spending a fortune on the company website are over. Nowadays, with minimal web programming proficiency, anyone can design a clean, professional website with little or no time and for a fraction of the cost. Moreover, it is important for business owners to not be intimidated out of finding cost effective methods to building their website. For far too long major web design firms and even freelance web designers have been taking advantage of the fact that website design and programming is such a specialized field. However, the times have definitely changed and in most cases a business doesn’t need to spend fifty thousand dollars and multiple months on the company website. Here are some ways that businesses can save time and money on web design.

For one, you can build the site yourself. Essentially, there are a multiple platforms that are either completely free or you pay a minimal monthly or annual fee. In most cases, you will be paying a fee for the hosting and domain, but these costs are nominal as well. With many of these platforms all you have to do is follow a few simple directions, click a few buttons, changes some aesthetic options and voila you have a new website.

Another way to save time and money is to get someone you know to design the site. Perhaps they have the aesthetic and technical proficiency and won’t charge you an arm and a leg. They might even be keen on setting things up for you and then you can do the rest of the work. Better yet, perhaps someone in your own family knows how to design websites. These days, almost anyone under the age of 21 can design a clean and professional business website. The tools that are available to the mass public are astounding.

Next, you could find a website design firm that sells predesigned packages that include domain, hosting, programming and even logo design and other marketing materials. These all-in-one packages are great, because they are inexpensive and there is usually an incredibly quick turn around. Companies such as Intellix,  FireBubble and Bluefountain Media provide these sorts of packages with rates that are actually quite reasonable. They can design anything between a basic 7-page site, which is plenty for most businesses, to a full e-commerce site. Best of all, they have some great SEO services, so right out of the box your site will be ready to be searched on all the major search engines.

Lastly, with enough research and basic technical know how anyone can design a website these days. Moreover, there are a number of websites and platforms that make designing your company site affordable and incredibly easy. So you can either design it yourself, hire one of your friends or someone in your family, or go with a company that has predesigned website packages. No matter what, keep in mind that you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on having a big firm design your company website. Put the money you would have spent on a big website to good use, like expanding your business or developing a new popular product or service.