How to get someone to do a free website for you
Getting a professionally-designed website can be very expensive. There are places that do that, and if you can get a simple site designed for under a thousand bucks, I'd be surprised. That's because website design is like any other type of craft, from plumbing to car repair, it takes skill and time, which is expensive.
But there is a way to get it done for free, and people do it all of the time. And no, I'm not talking about doing anything bad here, I'm talking about giving a beginner some experience.
If you know someone who has studied some Graphic Design, chances are that they really don't have any "real world" experience with web design. They may have taken a class, or done tutorials, but they probably haven't done a real, live website. And I do mean live, that's a real web term. That means a website that is actually connected to a domain.
Domains, and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and optimization, may be something that can be covered in a class, or discussed in a tutorial, but there's nothing better than doing a real live website.
So if you need a basic website, and have the domain, and the hosting set up (which costs some real money), go ahead and give a beginner a chance on the design. No, it won't be as easy as if you paid the big bucks to a company that specializes in it, but it will work.
There are lots of different ways to create a website, from using a software program like Dreamweaver to WordPress, to a "Click and Build". For a beginning website, they're all fine. If you don't have a website now, and you really should, keep it simple, and just do something.
If you're a Graphic Designer who has never done a real website, don't be offended if someone wants you to do it for free, or on the cheap. No, you're not gonna do that sort of thing forever, but you gotta start somewhere. And most people won't pay money to someone who hasn't done something before. Go take a look at the places that get real money for website design - they already have plenty to show off. So, get one or two and get your career rolling.
Posted by Brad Hall