So I took the advice of a very good online marketing coach and got a design done at 99designs.com.
I thought, "Cool! A design, just the way I want, and then I can be uploading my theme to my wordpress blog, and be done!"
Then, I found out that all you get from 99Designs is a MOCK-UP.
(That's the part where I started banging my head against the wall).
I am told I have to have some other people code everything into WordPress to make it LOOK like the design I thought I was paying for.
Cost? No less than $2,500.
So, Warriors, could you please reveal the whole process to get this whole 99designs thing done for as little money as possible.
Had I known all this, I would have kept the $749 spent for a mock-up at 99designs and gotten someone to just build me a wordpress theme all ready to go somewhere else (I thought that's what I was getting -- why do the folks at 99designs say that you can get wordpress sites if all you get is a mock-up anyway).
Any help would be much appreciated...
P.S. My struggle to get someone to just do what I want them to do in the design world has been ridiculously stressful. If anyone could come to my rescue, it would be much appreciated. It seems this is the LAST hurdle for me to go through to get my website online. It's been 3 months. All those people who sell products about how great outsourcing is, screw you all, seriously.
For any Warrior wondering, this is really the reality of 99% of outsourcing...
P.P.S. Here's the quote I was sent by XHTMLized.com
Qty Code Description Unit Price
1 Page (s) HTML/CSS: Home 269.00 269.00
1 Page (s) HTML/CSS: Subpage template 209.00 209.00
5.5 Hour (s) HTML/CSS: Sign up page (no design provided) 63.00 346.50
1 Page (s) HTML/CSS: Blog > Index with sidebar (no designs
1 Page (s) HTML/CSS: Blog > Single Blog page with sidebar
(no designs provided)
1 Page (s) HTML/CSS: Blog > Category / Archive / Tag /
Author / Search / 404 with sidebar (no designs
-1 Discount (s) Page Volume Discount - 15% 213.00 -213.00
12 Hour (s) WordPress Theme Development 63.00 756.00
2.5 Hour (s) Custom Post Type: Theme Variations > Toggle
Static Image / Image Slider / Static Video / Video
1 Hour (s) Custom Post Type: Video slider management 63.00 63.00
1.5 Hour (s) Custom Post Type: Header management 63.00 94.50
2 Hour (s) WordPress feature: Testimonial boxes, feature
boxes, coupon boxes, sidebar etc
2.5 Hour (s) WordPress feature: Sign up functionality 63.00 157.50
-1 Discount (s) Round Down 13.00 -13.00
1 Feature(s) Standard Browser Support - FREE - (Mac/PC:
Latest versions of Safari, Firefox, Chrome - PC: IE8,