said 8 months, 1 week ago:
@amyhallbiz you raise some very valid points. Thank you for bringing certain things to my attention. (Ps I think you offer a great service on your website)
I guess i should have finished my comment. Perhaps I didn’t use the best example LOL. I also agree many designers take advantage of end users by not allowing them to edit their websites. I agree with all you have said, as a fellow designer I am in tune with you completely.
I have steered many clients to the WordPress website option and still do infact most of our work is Wordpress Based.
Just some observations I have seen and tried to cater for overtime:
- Although WordPress is a content management system and is “easy” to use, many of my clients still battle with with it.
- Its easy to put text and pictures in a WordPress website, but i find more often than not the client coming back because of layout issue. This is an html and CSS issue something that requires a designers attention.
- I also find that business have developed a cautiousness around website developers and understanding so. The general feeling is every time i need something fixed it costs me…. eeek
- At the same time i feel that. One should concentrate on what they do best and hire out what you not good out to others. It does amaze me that someone will charge thousands of dollars for their service and feel because they are that good, but are only willing to dispense with a few dollars for others services. Its a common syndrome in small business I know you cut costs where you can I know I have felt the pain. Infact I wrote an article about it… Cheap Marketing Strategies Cut Corners & Profits
My closing thoughts are that as a responsible designer is to come up with a solution that helps the client with out hurting their pocket.
What we have done is offer a low priced hosting solution that includes web hosting, emails and most important free assistance to small tweaks and changes to their website. If the changes are bigger than we talk first and discuss it with the client giving them options.
@judithgotwald yip it is an interesting conversation, perhaps one that needs to get out there.