Ask Esther // 03

Dear Esther. I’m wanting to take the next step in professional development and get my own website up and running. I’m not too flush so I’d like to find the almighty great but not too expensive solution. I was quoted $1000 for a website I would design (front end) and a developer do the back end, however I’d like to find a cheaper alternative. Can you recommend anything? I have bought my domain name and checked out cargo collective.
Cheers, “Head Start”

Dear “Head Start”

$1000 is a lot of money when you haven’t even started working full time. If you cannot find someone who will do the job for decent bottle of wine, I would hold off from putting your customised site together under your own domain,  until you are in full time work.

You will very likely come across people who can help you as you gain experience and build up your network of industry contacts. You might swap your skill on the front end design for someone else’s back end.

In the meantime, Cargo Collectiv (http://cargocollective and the like are fine for your immediate purposes. Try uploading your profile and work to a few sites. You might tailor them all slightly differently, and then forward the most appropriate one for each job you apply for.

You don’t have to have a unique site starting out, but definitely plan to build it as soon as you can afford it, or when you find a colleague who is happy to help you out for mate’s rates.

Good luck with your search.


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Written by Junior
Originally posted on: 30/08/2011
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