The concept of free web design is kind of intriguing. Just like there’s no such thing as a free lunch, all in all, free web design doesn’t really exist either (and we’ll cover that a little bit more comprehensively in just a second). And here’s where most of the confusion occurs:
• Is there a such thing as a free website? Yes.
• Free web design? Only if you’re lucky.
Not to dwell on a technicality, but the notion of “web design” generally means that a professional designer is doing the work. And not that the impossible doesn’t happen from time to time, but if you can find a professional web designer willing to work for free-well, let’s just say that it doesn’t happen very often.
What You Should Know About Free Websites
First and foremost, usually you pay for what you get. There are lots of places out there where you can build your own website for free. Most of them produce very unprofessional, sub-par at best results. Some are actually decent at first look, but the catches and add-ons required to make it a fully functional site in the end are actually more costly than just hiring a good designer to do the complete job right the first time.
And let’s face it, most of us out here who might be pretty good at managing our organizations or running a business-well, just because we’re great at that, doesn’t mean we have any business playing the role of designer of our own websites. Best to leave that to the pros.
And Now Back To What You Should Know About Free Design
Take it if you can find it (only if it’s truly pro quality, though…never take the risk of bad design for your site). Here’s the thing about free web design. Web designers are in high demand; in fact, their rates often just begin at $50 per hour. That said, many times it takes a true pro just a couple of hours to create great results on a task that might take an amateur a couple of weeks to do a bang-up job on.
What’s the incentive for a pro expert to work for free? That’s just it-there really isn’t one. So if you do come across such an offer that seems too good to be true, make absolutely sure that you’re looking for the catch. It’s there… you’ve just got to find it.
Unfortunately, there’s just no such thing as free web design.