In the past, cheap websites designs often meant that your site would look like they cam free in a cornflake box. But nowadays there are lots of options when it comes to choosing your website design that mean you can have a professional looking website that didn’t cost the next 5 years promotional budget.
Of course there are still cheap website designs that look worthy even less than their free price tag. They’re still available, sometimes sponsored by advertising or occasionally by big businesses. Most of these are basic at best and quite often have links back to the sponsoring firm or even a “report abuse” message that offers visitors the chance to click a button and potentially ruin your online business. Not a bright idea to have on any site that you are about.
WordPress has transformed the idea of website design. In a good way!
It is a simple to install platform that is free to use and can be installed on as many sites as you like with no charge. They make plenty of money, so don’t lost any sleep over this generous offer!
The good news for anyone looking for a top class design for your site that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg is that a lot of design professionals have put out themes (the WordPress name for designs) that you can use on your website at no cost.
WordPress itself installs with two theme: Twenty fifteen and twenty sixteen (you can guess which years they were released from the imaginative names). Out of the box these are reasonably OK and they can be tweaked with a new header design to help them stand out from the crowd.
The other themes that are on after for free are a mixed bag. Beauty is often in the eye of the beholder so a design that meets your criteria may well not meet someone else’s criteria. But that’s the same whether or not you have paid zero or millions. Or any point between.
There are also premium themes available for WordPress.
Weirdly, not all these premium website designs are actually chargeable. But don’t complain about that!
Some of them are designed as “Lite”, supposedly cut down, versions of paid for website designs. The designers are using them as a showcase for their skills in the hope that you will stump up a few extra dollars for lots of added features.
If you still can’t find a cheap website design from those sources then there are lots of pre-designed templates that are on offer all over the web. A typical price for these is usually there $50 (they’re almost all priced in dollars as this is near enough the web’s dominant currency), normally for use on a single website.
And if you are looking to get a site up and running with a premium theme then look no further, check out our basic wordpress website case study