Originally Posted by stooge
@Liam Byrne -
If you search for 'dublin disco' it is the 4th link
If you search for 'dublin karaoke' it is the 5th link
Good looking site, and excellent value for money. Right down the OP's street I'd imagine.
Well look at that!
The benefits of decent markup, eh?
Originally Posted by nikimere
This argument is stupid.
Great you can get a template for $50 or less.
If i were starting a business i would not skimp on image. Just like i wouldn't skimp on a good accountant.
Buying a template means having to customise it yourself, some people cant and just shouldn't (because of lack of required skills) do that.
If you outsource development more than likely your going to have trouble getting support, you have to deal with time differences and you also run the risk of being done-over with no door to knock on. At the end of the day, as a consumer i would prefere to deal face to face than with someone on the other side of the world, especially when it is for something that is as important as my business.
Paying a local web dev company to design & develop a website is a worth while investment, so long as you shop around. You have to pay people for their time and time in Ireland isn't cheap, unfortunately.
Saying that the whole industry is coming to an end because you can out-source at a cheaper rate is a stupid comment, and it just wont happen.
If you dont mind your site looking like a few hundred (sometimes thousands) others then work away with a template. I personally wouldn't be into that.
Nobody said that, I am all for keeping work in Ireland, I do the job myself, though as a spare time thing. And I don't believe it is/will die in this country, I just take issue with heggies very first response to the OP, "you can't". This is absolutely false, and unfair to the OP when he's just looking for some sound advice.
You're dead right, there are chances to be taken when outsourcing, but if you ask for advice, it is
an option, and can be a complete success, or an absolute failure, but to be honest, the failure comes in to play when the client just doesn't know what they want a lot of the time, and anyone can make a mess of it then, and the client is to blame. If you're clear and concise with what you want, the whole process will probably go very smoothly.