You can really outsource anything these days: from customer service and sales teams to marketing and design. However, It services (including web design) remain the most commonly outsourced business service. There are several reasons for this. While any small business owner can at least attempt to tackle graphic design or marketing (even without a basic knowledge), when it comes to web development there’s only so much you can do. Next, it’s quite clear that websites have become a necessary requirement for any business: 70-80% of potential customers could be lost to a business without a website.
Of course, you might already know that this is something you can attempt to yourself. There are several website builders, including WordPress, Shopify and Wix, which allow you to create a useful website with sometimes quite extensive customization options.
But if you’re looking to create something from scratch. or perhaps design a mobile app, then you’ll have to hire a web design and development team.
In this guide you will learn:
- What is a web design
- Why outsource web design
- Where can you outsource web design
What is a web design
Web design incorporates two things: web design and web development.
Web design relates to the way a website or app looks. But getting it to actually work is the responsibility of web development teams.
If you’re looking to outsource, you may want to consider outsourcing one or the other or both. If you’re a design company and have a skilled UI/UX designer on hand, you might just need a developer to help you bring your vision to life.
While creating the look of a website is essentially a graphic design task, it requires a particular set of skills (for example design software like Sketch or Adobe XD) and an understanding of what this type of design needs to achieve.
A well-designed website or application includes a great user interface (the look of the app) and user experience (e.g. making it clear how a website or app should be used).
If you’ve ever seen funny stock photos of people sitting in a dark room surrounded by mysterious lines of code: this is the representation of a web developer.
Web development refers to building the backend of the site: you must know how to use coding languages such as HTML or CSS. It’s not something you can easily pick up from a YouTube tutorial. Rather, you might have to take courses or acquire formal training in order to provide web development services. Still, since this is a more practical job. web developers are generally paid less than UI/UX designers who have to have the relevant technical design skills, but also a much broader knowledge and practical experience in designing for this type of use.
Why outsource web design?
Outsourcing is not a sign of bad management or taking on more than you can handle. It’s a popular practice even with giants like Apple, that outsource the production of their hardware, which is then sold under that Apple brand (this is called white label outsourcing). This allows the company to focus on design, branding, and marketing, which allows Apple to retain full ownership of its brand without the “hassle” of simple production tasks.
Deloitte’s 2020 outsourcing survey suggests that the key reasons for outsourcing remained the same, even in a year as unpredictable as that. Most companies outsource to:
- Reduce cost by 70%
- Reach the market more quickly by 20%
- Achieve more flexibility by 40%
When it comes to website design, these benefit becomes even more apparent. Let’s take a closer look.
The average salary of a UX/UI designer is $85k annually, while web developers make around $75k per year. On the other hand, UI/UX design services on freelancing platforms like Fiverr and Upwork stand at around $20-$75 per hour, while web developers make an average of $25 per hour, In the case of website design, however, clients usually pay on a per-project basis, and the average cost of a website setup is around $6k.
Of course, on top of that, you’ll need to add the expenses of hosting the website (which are usually quite small) and web maintenance (regularly updating the content), but we’re assuming you have a content or marketing team taking care of that. And naturally, the more complex the project, the higher the price tag will be.
Outsourcing web design means two things in terms of greater flexibility: you can focus on top-tier tasks (like Apple’s example) and you can diversify your service.
This might mean creating a mobile application to reach more users or even adjusting features on your website to acquire more leads and ultimately more sales. Knowing that your ideas can actually be realized means that you scale better.
Reaching market quickly
A survey from Kinvey shows that an MVP (minimum viable product) for an iOS or Android application takes around 4.5 months to complete.
The time your in-house web design team might spend on creating an, for example, web application, has to be rationed between performing necessary daily tasks (e.g. maintaining your existing website). An outsourcing service has the benefit of tunnel vision, focusing only on the task at hand and producing results more quickly.
Finally, one of the biggest advantages of outsourcing is access to a huge talent pool. You are able to choose the people with the absolute best qualifications for the job, which means the work often gets done faster.