Affordable website designs since 1999
I've been designing and coding websites, for my own use and for friends and customers since 1999. A lot has changed since 1999 when a 14" or 15" SVGA monitor was a big deal with a 4:3 ratio and 800x600 or 1024x768 pixels resolution, flatscreen displays were not even on the market.
A small samples of the entry pages are shown below from sites no longer operating, they were done at 1024x768px from 1999 to 2012.
As the monitor sizes grew and their resolution and ability to display more and more colours the designs of websites changed a lot. With the introduction of the smartphone and tablets and as their usage grew, these days just about everyone has one, these device are used more and more to access the internet. As a result many traditional websites are not displayed properly on these devices when compared to a more "traditional" desktop or laptop. To overcome the limitation of smaller screens and their resolution a new type of site design was developed called "responsive" which responds differently when viewed on devices of different sizes, just like this site you're looking at.
The current trend is therefore to design sites which can be displayed on variety of devices, with this of course comes new challenges and limitations on the design. Responsive web design has become an essential tool for anyone with a digital presence. With the growth of smartphones, tablets and other mobile computing devices, more people are using smaller-screens to view web pages. You can see this not on just my site but also at http://asme-qc-consultant.com
Many website hosting companies now offer templates at a nominal charge which either you can modify yourself or hire someone to do it. The hosting companies advertise it as "drag and drop" and claim you can have a site in an hour! Perhaps a one-page site as long as you have all the stock images and etc., on hand but it takes sevarl hours on the average and helps if you have to skills with image editing software such as Photoshop or corel Draw. There are pros and cons to do this. However, if you want to make something unique and with several pages, this will take more than an hour, it can take several tens of hours. In such cases you are better off by having a custom site design, but to do something like my own is quite time consuming, and time is relatively expensive. It really comes down to affordability, therefore it is important to use someone like myself who charges a very affordable hourly rate and has the skills to do it for you.
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