Help - I Want To Redesign My Company Website, But Where Do I Start

Update: I added what I think might be my favorite site -- Slicehost (and, yes, they are my current hosting provider).

I am in the market to redesign my company website.

A few months ago, I put version 1.0 of the Twin Roots website out to the public. It is based on a free template that I thought was interesting and relatively unique (for something that is free). But I knew all along that it was only a temporary stopgap until I decided I wanted to get serious and get a more permanent design for Twin Roots established.

Well that time has come, and you know what, I am as confused and perplexed as ever on where to begin. Here are some things I know:

  • I am not a good front end or graphic designer. I have no shame in admitting that. Thus, that's why I am looking around for a "3rd party" alternative.
  • I am open to free templates, free templates that can be modified, paid templates, or a real life person doing the web design
  • I am willing to pay money for the website design (whether template or web designer), but I am not willing to break the bank. For what I currently want, I have a top threshold price that I know I shouldn't go over.
  • I want a clean, crisp look (see below for examples of sites that I really like)
  • I have no e-commerce need yet; this is currently a purely informational site
  • I like my logo; simple, clean, yet unique. So I want that incorporated into the site.

But, where to start is actually quite mind boggling. There are an infinite number of template websites, tons of "Bid For Design" sites, many individual website designers offering their services (but whom I don't know personally), etc. Do I use a Wordpress CMS theme or something else? Many questions are running through my mind.

Here is what I found in my research:

And I have just hit the tip of the iceberg.

Any advice on a sane, coherent process to get a new website for my company would be MUCH appreciated.

Thanks.


Publicly Announcing the Website To My Software and Consulting Company, Twin Roots

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My company website is now publicly online.

Twin Roots, a software and technical consulting, contracting and development company has been active for about a year now. And while I have had an initial website up for the last month or so (basically so that I didn’t have to have the GoDaddy start page as the website), I have never really publicized it.

However, I have found what I consider a pretty good theme for my website and am happy enough with it publicly announce it here. I am using a *free* theme from Six Shooter Media (credits maintained on the web site, of course). I just liked the theme. It is simple yet different enough to where I think it can stand out quite nicely. I see an easy maintenance path for the site, being able to highlight current developments, work or products very easily.

I know a free theme is sometimes frowned upon for a business website. And it could be down the line that I have an original site created. But for my first go around, I feel this will do quite nicely.

I invite you to visit the site and comment on it, either through my email address provided there or right here on my personal blog.

Some items I am looking at adding in the near future are:

  • A company blog
  • Maybe a quick comment section to talk about items such as the site or its content

I am happy that I can get a presence for Twin Roots finally out there.