Building a website with a bought theme questions

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I have never built a website by buying a theme. I want to though but have no knowledge of any kind of coding. So how does it go? I would buy the theme I want then hire a designer to set it up the way I want? What kind of prices should someone be charging for this or what would be reasonable. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkKapoor
    Originally Posted by bigballin6161 View Post

    I have never built a website by buying a theme. I want to though but have no knowledge of any kind of coding. So how does it go? I would buy the theme I want then hire a designer to set it up the way I want? What kind of prices should someone be charging for this or what would be reasonable. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author topnichewebsites
    Buying a theme is one way to go as it saves you a little bit of time, but depending on how much work you want done; landing pages, graphics, articles, products, etc would determine how much someone would charge you. There is no one price fits all, depends on your requirements what you want the final outcome to look like. At this point your could ask for how much to many people in that field to get a better idea as far a pricing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    You are approaching this from the wrong end...

    First do your homework: market/niche research > keywords > buy a domain + get hosting > PLAN YOUR WEBSITE* > install a CMS (if "theme" then it should be WordPress) > figure out what kind of layout you need (based on all the previous steps of research and planning)... and then you can think about buying a theme. Until then - waste of money and nonsense.

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    *planning means sit down, paper and pencil/pen and write/draw the structure of your website, the hierarchy of the content, navigation etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author bigballin6161
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      You are approaching this from the wrong end...

      First do your homework: market/niche research > keywords > buy a domain + get hosting > PLAN YOUR WEBSITE* > install a CMS (if "theme" then it should be WordPress) > figure out what kind of layout you need (based on all the previous steps of research and planning)... and then you can think about buying a theme. Until then - waste of money and nonsense.

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      *planning means sit down, paper and pencil/pen and write/draw the structure of your website, the hierarchy of the content, navigation etc.
      I already have a website for my offline business which is like 2 years old. I wanted to upgrade to something more professional looking and just basically wanted to transfer the content and make it look better...I dont really know how to go about it. I have seen a couple of themes that I think would look really good and function the way I would want it to too...now im just wondering how to go abou it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    I dont really know how to go about it.
    My eternal analogy is: I don't know how to repair cars, either. That's why I hire professional mechanic guys

    P.S. My suggested steps to arrive to a "more professional looking" website are still valid... especially when it comes about WP powered sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author sk8tavou
    Most wordpress themes are easy and very professional and also they come with pdf guides and step by step on how to put them on your website.
    And depending the place you buy it sometimes the creator offers support till you fix everything
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    • Profile picture of the author kwc
      I agree with most others. Installing Wordpress and buying a theme would be the way to go. You can get some great themes over at Themeforest. Most come with good documentation to configure it the right way.

      I would at least give it a try before you hire a designer. If it turns out you can't do it, which I believe you can, then you can hire a designer.
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