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37 Responses to How To Get A $5000 Website For $50

  1. Mikkel says:

    Great article Rasmus! Very informative.

  2. Great head’s up on the fiverr thing…

    I’m in the midst of getting a logo designed right now.

    • Rasmus says:

      @Dan: Fiverr is fantastic. Of course you might not be 100% satisfied with a logo to five bucks. But it’s the 80/20 rule again – as long as it is good enough. And you can always get another one done if you’re not satisfied.

  3. Sonni T. says:

    Interesting reading, Rasmus.

  4. Howdy Rasmus

    Be aware that if you search for “free wordpress theme” there is a good chance you might end up d/l and installing a theme that contains hidden links or at worst sends your admin log in details to the ppl that have hacked the theme.

    I can post a link to blog that details what happens, but not sure of your policy 🙂

    • Rasmus says:


      Yeah I know. This is also one of the reasons why I like to pay a little for commercial themes.

      There is a plugin that can detect stuff like this but I forgot the name.

  5. Kain says:

    You may also find that many of these “$5000” designers also use something such as Joomla … or even WordPress as their back-end, and build (or use readily-available) modules on top of it.

    • Rasmus says:

      Hey Kain

      Yeah sure. But most of the time your paying for the design services. I’m currently coaching someone who paid $2000 for a useless website.

      The person would have been better of with a template for 50 bucks.

      I’ve seen this pattern of using pretty poor designer but paying a lot of money quite a few times now. Of course if you who have a lot of money go ahead but most of the times designers don’t really know about how create sites that sell a service or product (they just make something they think look nice).

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  8. TBV says:

    Great article! I wish I would have read it before I spent $$$ on my website.

  9. Motyar says:

    Agree with you if someone need his/her first website/blog.
    Can easily get started!!

    • Rasmus says:

      Hey Motyar, thanks for commenting. Actually I’ve lost count of the websites that I have and have had, and I still use this method when I launch a new website (even for a business where I have paying customers). So I feel that this model can be used by all small businesses. But that’s just my opinion 🙂

  10. Tariq Aziz says:

    Nice way to describe,
    i will use wordpress in future,
    Now i am still working with blogger and i made three blogs,

    • Rasmus says:

      @Tariq: I guess that blogger is only hosted right? You need your own hosting account and install WordPress. This way you control your blogs yourself and not some thirdparty who really “own” your content and can shut you down when the feel like it.
      Notice that WordPress comes with a great import tool for blogger blogs, so migrating them should be quite easy.

  11. Anne Mette says:

    Great article. I felt good and inspired reading it. I work in the public sector and we use wordpress. We are very happy with it, but we are constantly working to improve content, structure and design and we never feel quite “there”. It would be great if you people took a quick glance at our website and commented on it. We have some ideas, but it would be really interesting to hear from you, how can we improve easily. Again – thank’s for many great tips! I will share.

    • Rasmus says:

      @Anne Mette: Great to see that you’re also using WordPress in the public sector. I think more sites in the public sector could benefit from using open source content management systems. You have a good and clean site as it probably must be when you’re in the public sector.
      How come you are using two different designs (and two different WordPress installations) on your website and on your blog: and I’m sure you have a reason but isn’t it just more administration and you could more easily manage the same design on website and blog if you did.
      You could perhaps integrate more social integrations, like twitter share and facebook like buttons etc. This would also make people feel closer associated with your site due to the social proof you would get.

  12. Anne Mette says:

    @Rasmus. Thank you for quick response! Yes, I love wordpress and I think it should be a more natural choice in the public sector for many reasons. You spend less money, you have more control, it gives you smart options and it looks cool and intergrates nicely with SoMe. About us: we use different designs to differentiate between our official website and our more relaxed blog. On our blog, we can communicate more freely and give our readers something extra. That was our idea, but it might be wrong. We also have a “thing” with IE (not safari, chrome and firefox) on security. I really dont understand it fully, but I am not a IE-fan. Bottom line: It is a good question and I will think of it.
    Finally: We intergrate socially to facebook, twitter, flickr, issuu, blog, but not on our frontpage/website. Go one step further. We will change that asap. Again – thank you!

  13. Eugene says:

    Haha I love this post… I use WordPress for everything… personal and business projects. I teach it to people, the whole 9 yards…. Its always a better bet to learn yourself before paying someone….

  14. Rasmus says:

    Looking forward to seeing your WordPress training site :).

    I’m also going to have a little wp training in my own coaching program that’s ready for launch (if my merchant account could be approved soon, it takes forever)

  15. Eugene says:

    Seriously, that’s awesome man. is the address for my course. Check it out. Looking for some people to review it, let me know if you are interested. i launched it April first and all my buddies thought it was an April Fools joke.

    How long have be coaching for?

    • Rasmus says:

      I’ve been helping people out informally over the last two years or so and also been doing several workshops and training sessions here in Denmark.

      My online program is ready to rock but I’m still waiting for getting my payment gateway approved (takes forever and requires tons of paperwork, maybe I’ll just launch with PayPal).

  16. HornedFrog says:

    Excellent article, Rasmus! Always on target.

    @Rasmus and @Danon Jewellery: can either of you identify the plugin that identifies hacked themes or plugins? How does one know if the plugin or theme you’ve downloaded or purchased doesn’t include links or reveal admin credentials? I’ve had many, many of my blogs hacked and cannot find the leak!

  17. Rasmus says:

    Hey HornedFrog 🙂

    You can start out with this plugin:

    It scans your theme to see if there are “crypted” php code. This is usually an indication that something is wrong (but doesn’t have to be).

    I always recommend paying for your themes simply because you can rest much more easy at night. A lot of people are also creating themes simply for getting the link back to their own site. I’m using the free Thrilling Heroics theme on this blog and it actually has a link in the footer to the author’s page. But he’s a nice guy and he has provided me with something free so I’ve let it be 🙂

    My own site was actually hacked recently. You can read more about it here and also see an online service that I recommend that you use:

  18. Tommy says:

    “How To Get A $5000 Website For $50”

    Easier said than done!

    • rasmus says:

      Hey Tommy. Thanks for joining the discussion. Actually I think this is much easier (not to say quicker and cheaper) than trying to convey your requirements to a mediocre designer.

      What do you think sounds like the hardest parts? Maybe I can elaborate the post a little.

  19. Dan says:

    What I find most worrying about other people designing your website, is that often times you’ll have to contact them every single time you want even the tiniest detail changed later on in life. Unless you know a lot about HTML and CSS yourself, of course.

    As for the question of whether or not outgoing links are included in free WordPress themes: They’re extremely easy to get rid of if you just spend five minutes of your time going over the code. Some designers don’t appreciate the removal of these links (both for free and paid themes) but it’s entirely your choice.

    • rasmus says:

      @Dan I totally agree. At least with a “done for you template” you can see what you’re getting. Often are the professionally designed WordPress themes also running on some kind of cool framework (like all WooThemes themes) that makes it easy to customize a lot of different things in the theme.

  20. Roy says:

    I am a web designer and I completely agree. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to design for someone who will ‘know it, when they see it’. Its amazing how many times you are called to re-vamp a companies website and end up building an almost identical website to what they had.

    Web design is not necessarily hard, but if you are not in it, the learning curve can be tough, especially with how many updates WordPress does, then suddenly your contact form does not work anymore.

    It is a time vs. money issue. If you are a big law firm then it is not worth a lawyers time to learn web design, wordpress, photoshop, etc. If you are a startup on a shoestring budget, better start hitting the forums, blogs, etc.

    • Rasmus says:

      Hi Roy

      Thanks for tipping in. And I absolutely agree. If you have cash to spend on a pro website you should of course do so. But if you’re starting up and money (and time) is tight, I definitely recommend just choosing a professional theme and getting on with your business. There are plenty of things to spend your money on anyway 🙂

  21. R.D. Hayes says:

    Not to harp on your parade or anything but this was a little too basic and it really didn’t give any real value. I came here from an email where I had signed up for updates. The email was written horribly and yet I still came because I read all my emails. The grammar in this blog post was also bad. I thought I would find something of value and all I really got out of this was…. create a wordpress blog and get free themes by searching for them or pay extra for a better theme. I was actually trying to find something that showed me how to get a $5,000 website for $50 and all I got was this.

    • rasmus says:

      Hi R.D.

      Thank you for voicing your concern about my writing, as you’re a writer yourself I’m sure this is important to you. For my newer posts I usually run them through my editor, however not all my older posts have been looked at.

      As I’m from Denmark, English isn’t my first language which can contribute to the fact that you can often find spelling and grammar mistakes on my blog.

      Regarding the content itself, I’ve literally lost count on the number of times I’ve talked with a business owner who has spent thousands of dollars on his or her new website. If you’re technical savvy this post might not be for you, however most non tech savvy business owners’ first intuition about getting a new website done, is often paying for it since they don’t know how to to it themselves.

      My opinion is that they would be better of doing the site themselves, or paying someone to simply apply the strategy I’ve provided above.

      So if you feel that my advice is too basic, I’m sorry, you’re probably not in the right audience.

      Regarding my email, well it got you to click the link right?! Mission accomplished ;).

      However when I look at your site I see a lot of room for improvement:

      • I can see that you’re using the standard WP Twenty Fourteen theme that in my opinion leaves a lot to be desired
      • You also have categories in both left and right column which isn’t quite needed (generally the navigation is a bit hard to figure out
      • The structure of your images takes focus away from the content (it took me more than 10 seconds on you site before I actually read one of the headlines)
      • The branding is non existent (a big top banner that doesn’t really tell me anything about the name of the blog, that is very discreet in the top left corner), and
      • You have ads and annoying context links all over the place

      I hope you can use these input, just like I’ll take your input about my writing to heart (specially because I’m writing on my second book right now :)).

      Thank you again for your comment.


      • R.D. Hayes says:

        I have to apologize for slamming your writing. My mother has English as a second language and probably couldn’t have done as good of a job as you did. might I suggest the Grammarly plugin for Chrome? It helps her and would probably help you. Do not purchase the package, just get the free plugin. The package is not worth the price.

        As for my blog, it is a personal blog. The photo that says bullshit Blvd, was taken while on a trip with my best friend. The domain name was given to me after running a contest and the winner got to choose the name.

        With this being a personal blog, I am not looking to make money off of it, otherwise I would have affiliate links on it instead of monetizing; all good bloggers know that you can’t make real money with monetization, affiliate marketing is where it is at. I haven’t even worked to get traffic from it. It is mostly used to as a reference for my clients to see my writing. My clients need all sorts of writings created for their blogs, websites, and so forth; therefore, I have all sorts of writing on this blog.

        I don’t mind you saying anything about my blog, I know what it is. If you would have looked you would have seen that I took my other blogs from Blogspot and pulled them onto this blog. This blog is only about two months old and still a work in progress.

        As for the reason, that there are two category sections, this was due to someone saying that they had a hard time finding the categories so I placed them on both sides to help them out. I don’t like the theme, but I don’t have time to really work on the blog. I am in the US Army Reserves, I got to school at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, I am a freelance writer, and I am a single mom of four children. My time is better spent elsewhere.

        If you would like a few tips on your writing though… #1. try to not use the same words over and over such as “the problem is”. #2 words like “because” should never be used in a post or article.#3 Get rid of all the fluff in your post. Take out all the extra words and sentences. In a post, you only have a few seconds to grab the readers attention, with this being said, you need to condense the post as much as possible.

        I hope this helps. You do have valuable information on your blog, but the way it is laid out is difficult to understand and had me scratching my head. I have been writing for the web since 2006 and could tell you a lot about article writing. With this being said, you might be able to teach me a few tricks about blogging. Lol.

        • rasmus says:

          Thanks for your tips, I’ll certainly try out the Chrome plugin you referred to 🙂

          And good luck with your blog.


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