How to Spot a Web Design Scam

How to get started with a website design

Choosing a website designer can be a difficult and stressful endeavour. There are several schemes that see you lose your hard-earned money and damage your business reputation. Small businesses are particularly susceptible to fraud since they have a limited budget to begin with so often opt for a cheaper designer.

The costs of a design can vary greatly and one can pay anything from $100 to $10,000 for a website. The obvious response is that you get what you paid for. That isn’t always the case, however. It goes without saying that the very low end will almost certainly be of poor quality, but spending more money does not always guarantee a great result.

Here are some key questions to ask your website developer and things to look out for when choosing a supplier.

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What to look for in a Website Builder

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Questions to ask

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Before Your release final payment

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What to do if you things go wrong

Before you do any of the below make sure you have followed through on your end of the contract. Make sure you are not asking for things that are out of scope. Make sure you have paid for the services as per your agreement. Please do not slander a good company unless you are sure you have been scammed.

Even if your potential new web designer or company cannot offer all the above services, they most certainly should be able to provide at least 80% of them. Especially be sure they are an Australian based company and have a legal ABN.  

Some website designers only design and do not offer any domain name registration, SSL or hosting services. Be sure to check what you are getting right from the start.

Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee anything 100% but the above should give you a good start and help you safeguard yourself before employing a website designer.  

I help small businesses get started with a website design safely and explain each step along the way. If you would like to contact me directly you can do so at


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