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Picking a hosting provider isn't as simple as it should be.

The Red Flag


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My Web Site is Ugly and I Want to Go home

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~Your Web Site~
Finding the right web site designer....

HTML Writers's Guild

So you're scratching your head and wondering how you're ever going to find a good web designer to help construct your next web site.

Anybody who's ever gone shopping for web building talent can tell you the process is fraught with dangers and unexpected obstacles.

The process of selecting a design team isn't quite as difficult if you can afford top notch talent - but if you're working with a tight budget you'd better watch out.

Web design is the rare profession where an absolute amateur can easily impersonate a master.

Copying ideas from somebody else's web site is no big deal if you know what you're doing. HTML code can be snipped, Javascripts pinched, in fact the entire layout of a site can be parsed and replicated in less time than it takes to photocopy a sheaf of paper.

By the time you discover the guys you hired aren't going to live up to their billing it may be too late. You may have to settle for what they give you. Or you may have to start over from scratch. Either way, you're not going to be happy.

Large corporations can afford to make this kind of mistake, although they'll wince when it comes time to pay up. For a small business with finite resources, however, such a fiasco can be a total disaster.

It would be nice if an organization like the HTML writer's guild offered a reliable referral system that guided consumers to talented professionals in their area and gave some idea of what you should expect to pay for their services.

Unfortunately, membership in the Guild is wide open to the public (or at least it was last time we checked), meaning anybody can sign up and display the organization's logo.

Our advice?

Buyer Beware


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