Design

The Difference Between a Template and Bespoke Website

If your website was built using WordPress, it’s likely to have been developed:

  1. From scratch as a bespoke website
  2. Using a customisable theme

Usually, the decision to use a bespoke design or customised theme boils down to budget and timeframe. Let’s explore the pros and cons of each.

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How Much For A Website?

If you’re a freelance web designer, you’ve probably received a vague email enquiry asking for a quote.

The email is usually short on detail, high on expectation and ends with the most beloved of questions: how much does a website cost?

It’s a common frustration for freelance web designers. But it doesn’t have to be. Let me explain.

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What Is Your Website For?

If you don’t sell a product on your website, is it just a vanity project?

A website is an investment. It takes time, effort, thought and money to make a website authentically reflect your business.

But if you’re a small business or freelancer and you don’t sell physical products or rely on your website to generate leads, why do you need one?

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Protecting Your Freelance Work

I was recently contacted by an agency I’ve worked with on numerous projects. Their client had disappeared mid-project and had been in touch to ask about some tweaks on their new site.

Confused, the agency checked out the client’s site. The client had outsourced the completion of the work elsewhere, ripping off the design we had created. Not only this, but the client didn’t want to pay for the work as they hadn’t used it.

Without getting into the rights or wrongs of the client’s behaviour, it surprised me that the agency’s contract didn’t include clauses that protected them. The contract I use, based on Andy Clarke’s Contract Killer, has a couple of sections that would have strengthened this agency’s position.

Let’s look at the two clauses that could have prevented this happening.

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