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Web Design Firm & Designer Comparison

We pulled together information from many website design firms, freelancers, and development firms across North Carolina to compile our comparison.

* Last updated on November 3, 2020 with new information.

What We Did

So you are thinking about having a new website created for your business, and don’t know where to start. You go to Google and search for a website design company or freelance designer, and find there are thousands of companies, designers, and developers that say they do website design.

So where do you start, and how do you choose the best web design company to complete your project? To help, we’ve done some of the leg work for you.

The comparison chart below includes information that we’ve gathered, such as; what skill-sets each type of website design company or freelance designer usually has, whether content strategy and SEO is included with your redesigned website, what’s usually included in the project scope, how long the project will take to complete, the average cost for a website, etc..

Types Of Design Companies & Freelancers Included In The Data

  • Online Website Builders Comparison
  • Monthly Subscriptions (Example: Web.com)
  • Boutique Web Design Agency
  • Mid-Size Web Design Agency
  • Large Digital Agency
  • Website Development Firm
  • Freelance Web Designer
  • Freelance Web Developer

The Results

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Online Website BuildersSubscription WebsitesBoutique AgencyMid-Size AgencyLarge AgencyDevelopment FirmJunior Freelance DesignerFreelance DeveloperLinchpin SEO
What’s Included
DesignBasic TemplatesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYes
DevelopmentBasic CodeYesYesYesYesYesMaybeYesYes
Information ArchitectureNoNoMaybeYesYesNoNoNoYes
Content StrategyNoNoMaybeMaybeYesNoNoNoYes
SEO Included / PriorityNoNoNoMaybeMaybeNoNoNoYes
Transition / Relaunch PlanNoNoNoNoMaybeNoNoNoYes
Google Analytics SetupNoMaybeYesYesYesYesNoNoYes
Website Management OfferedNoYesYesYesYesYesDesignDevelopmentYes
Content CreationNoNoNoNoMaybeNoNoNoMaybe
Team’s Skillset
DesignYour SkillsYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYes
DevelopmentYour SkillsYesYesYesYesYesMaybeYesYes
Information ArchitectureYour SkillsNoMaybeYesYesNoNoNoYes
Content StrategyYour SkillsNoMaybeMaybeYesNoNoNoYes
SEOYour SkillsNoMaybeMaybeMaybeNoNoNoYes
Relaunch PlanningYour SkillsNoMaybeMaybeMaybeNoNoNoYes
Content CreationYour SkillsNoMaybeMaybeYesNoNoNoYes
Additional Info
Project Pricing TypeNASubscriptionHourlyHourly/ProjectHourlyHourly/ProjectHourlyHourlyProject
Completion TimeYour Skills1-2 Months3-6 Months3-6 Months6-8 Months1-3 Months1-3 Months1-3 Months1-3 Months
Understand Holistic MarketingYour SkillsNoMaybeMaybeYesNoNoNoYes
Will They Need To OutsourceProbablyYesMaybeMaybeNoYesYesYesNever
Average PriceNA$99+ / month$12,000 - $30,000$25,000 - $75,000$100,000+$18,000 - $25,000$3,500 - $5,000$7,000 - $12,000$7,000 - $17,000
Holistic Website QualityYour SkillsPoorGoodGood - GreatGreatPoor - AveragePoor - AveragePoorGood - Great