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Web Design Firm Comparison

We pulled together information from many design firms, freelancers, and development firms across the US to compile this comparison of those who create websites.

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  “Raleigh web design company”, “Chicago Web Design Company”, or even maybe “Wake Forest web design company” and find there are thousands of companies and individual freelance 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?

The design company comparison chart below includes information that we’ve gathered over the years, such as what skill-sets each type of website design company or freelance designer usually has, whether they include content strategy, enterprise SEO or local SEO services 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..

We compared:

  • Online Website Builders Comparison
  • Type Companies Offering Monthly Subscriptions
  • Boutique Web Design Agency
  • Mid-Size Web Design Agency
  • Large Digital  Agency
  • Website Development Firm
  • Freelance Web Designer
  • Freelance Web Developer

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Online Website Type CompaniesBoutique AgencyMid-Size AgencyLarge AgencyDevelopment FirmJunior Level 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 Member’s Skillset
DesignYour SkillsYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYes
DevelopmentYour SkillsYesYesYesYesYesMaybeYesYes
Information ArchitectureYour SkillsNoMaybeYesYesNoNoNoYes
Content StrategyYour SkillsNoMaybeMaybeYesNoNoNoYes
SEOYour SkillsNoMaybeMaybeMaybeNoNoNoYes
Website Relaunch PlanningYour SkillsNoMaybeMaybeMaybeNoNoNoYes
Content CreationYour SkillsNoMaybeMaybeYesNoNoNoYes
Additional Info
Project Pricing Type OfferedNASubscriptionHourlyHourly/ProjectHourlyHourly/ProjectHourlyHourlyProject
Completion Time (Months)Your Skills1-23-63-64-61-31-31-31-2
Understand Holistic Digital Marketing?Your SkillsNoMaybeMaybeYesNoNoNoYes
Will They Need To Outsource?ProbablyYesMaybeMaybeNoYesYesYesNever
Average Website Price?NA$99+/month$12,000+$30,000+$100,000+$15,000$3,500+7,000+$7,000+
Holistic Website Quality?Your SkillsPoorGoodGood - GreatGreatPoor - AveragePoor - AveragePoorGood - Great