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Yesterday saw the launch of $2000 Website, an intriguing design shop in the Bay Area that describes itself as a “self-service” design agency, offering to design, code and publish a custom website within a two-week period. Users begin by completing a short online questionnaire to help […]

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Yesterday saw the launch of $2000 Website, an intriguing design shop in the Bay Area that describes itself as a “self-service” design agency, offering to design, code and publish a custom website within a two-week period.

Users begin by completing a short online questionnaire to help tease out their requirements. The dialog is largely focused on the strategy and goals of the client, rather than technical requirements: questions range from site’s goals, to the company’s “personality”, required calls-to-action, and some simple audience demographics, along with your aesthetic influences.

I’ve seen similar services in the past – including PSD2HTML, XHTMLized and PSD2WordPress – but these have focused on the technical production of an existing creative treatment.

The service is aiming at small businesses with limited budgets, but it’s not hard to envisage it as a labor-saving utility for web workers who need to quickly punch out a microsite for a new product, store, event, community campaign, or even a client of their own.

The company promises to prepare initial design treatments within five days and complete production within another five days. It limits the output to a five-page site, with the option to upsell additional creative services, such as creation of a brand, for another $500.

The creative quality of the modest client portfolio actually looks pretty good given the short time available to the producers, though it’s unclear what the division of work was between the company and the client. There’s nothing here that couldn’t be created with a working knowledge of WordPress, CSS and XHTML, but many web workers aren’t fluent in all those areas, nor have the time to undertake small projects economically.

So, perhaps the notion of web site micro-factories may prove to be a useful toolkit for web workers – what do you all think?

  1. Take a look at their footer section and see that, why you can’t afford being cheap.

    Yes, That is a only little mistake, but that little mistake disables you from sending an email to owner AND tracking website statistics (Think what will happen, if that was your 2000+ web site).

    So my point is, each website doesn’t have to be 2000$ website, but each web project should deserve a little bit more attention.

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  2. And maybe, just maybe, that $2000 project deserves more than a free WordPress theme. I found those three portfolios in the WordPress Theme directory.

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  3. Anything similar out there for non-profits that might have trouble affording $2K?

    Replys can go here too => http://whspr.me/3Q

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  4. Ozan, Bob…

    Thanks for your comments. We can be reached by phone and email. I am the owner and every email comes to me for now. The phone number goes directly to our head of project management.

    The error you saw with the analytics code and email was some testing we were doing that made it on to the main page. It has been corrected. Apologies for that.

    Bob, you are right on the WP themes. Those are the sites we have done to date with friends and family as a means to test the self service process we have put in place.

    What we offer is a custom designed web site programmed and set-up. WordPress is the platform we have chosen to start with given its ease of use for most clients post-delivery. To your point, we have opted to remove the sites in question and you will see more custom designed sites in there as we grow.

    Thanks for the feedback. I can be reached anytime at sean@2000dollarwebsite.com

    …Sean

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  5. [...] Mere days after our launch, we got some press at WebWorkerDaily.com [...]

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  6. ONLY $2,000?!

    That’s a lot of money to me.

    I am also a web designer/developer,
    and I try to keep my websites under
    $1,000 for basic services.
    I want to make sure everyone
    can afford a web site who cannot
    necessarily do it themselves.

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  7. hey, give these guys a break! at least their own site looks nice and it provides for a good user experience. they are just starting. these days we have to give credit and support to someone who is still employing people and trying to keep things rolling. now, if two months from now, we still don’t see anything else coming from here, i’ll probably be with you. in the meantime, good luck guys! looks promising and a good solution for good quality design at an affordable price (and yes, if the design is good, it is ONLY $2000).

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  8. [...] WebWorkerDaily » Archive $2000 Website: Custom-designed Web Sites on a Budget « [...]

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  9. Ellis…

    Depends what you provide and how long it takes you (assuming you’re competent, spun up and not learning on the customer’s dime). And it depends on the level of customization and design work. If a it takes you 40 hours total to meet with the client, understand what they need, provide mocks, code those, flow in content, install WP for them, test on mutiple browsers… congrats you’re making $25 an hour. If you can do all of that in 20 hours it’s $50… but remember 20 hours is not even 3 fulltime days. Can you REALLY go from zero to live in 3 days when you’re doing custom design work too and coding? What if the customer decides they want to change something?

    Now, if you’re simply helping someone pick a WordPress theme doing a little modification to it and getting it set up on a host for them… sure, $1000 is reasonable.

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  10. I don’t know, I doubt this is really set up by a “high-end design firm” that’s offering low-cost solutions. I wouldn’t give my money, let alone $2K, to a “designer” who doesn’t even have the time to set up pretty permalinks (takes 4 seconds), or delete the default first comment on WordPress on their own site (check the first post). Those are details that have nothing to do with money and everythng to do with the quality of the designer.

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