Ready to get a website, but not sure if you should throw up something fast and cheap or spend the extra time and money on a custom solution?

Before you make a decision one way or the other you should understand the pros and cons of both options.

To help, we have put together a useful infographic outlining the main things you need to know about cheap websites vs custom websites.

Cheap Websites vs Custom Websites

Is Fast and Cheap Better than Methodical and Pricey? 

Deciding on which direction you should go for your next website can be a confusing, time-consuming process.

Some companies will try to hook you as quickly as possible with a “cheap” website that can be launched very quickly. Other companies will do their best to convince you that an expensive, custom website is the way to go even though it may require far more time and money than you had budgeted.

There are pros and cons to both so don’t write off either without doing your homework first.

TIP: 
Talk to at least 2-3 different companies and make sure to ask very specific questions about what you can expect to get upfront and on an ongoing basis.

Helping You Decide Between a Cheap, Template Site or an Expensive, Custom Site

There is really no black or white answer to which type of website you should use for your business. The decision you make should be based off of a combination of different factors:

  • How quickly do you need a website up?
  • How much time do you have to spend on building a new website?
  • How much money do you have budgeted to spend on a new website?
  • How much, or how little, do you want to be involved in the process?
  • How much, or how little, have you already planned out for your website?
  • Do you have all of your content (logo, branding, images, text, etc) ready to go?

Just remember that you should never expect Fast + Cheap + Good at the same time from any web development company. At best, you will get 2 of those. Make sure your expectations are in line before getting started or you will set yourself up for disappointment and frustration.

A Little Help

Below is an infographic we put together based off some interesting research we did on both cheap (template) and pricey (custom) websites.

Hopefully you find it useful. If so, then we would love for you to SHARE IT or EMBED IT ON YOUR SITE so that others can benefit from it as well.

Cheap Websites vs Custom Websites [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Vinny La Barbera

I’ve been working in online marketing since 2000 and have helped thousands of companies improve their online presence and grow their business through better web / mobile design, development and online marketing.Learn more about me or follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn.

  • Dale Leonard

    I thought this infographic was really well done and shared it with my LinkedIn network.