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Will pay money for theme (29 posts)

  1. blckleprd
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    [Post title moderated]

    I need a theme created for my site, and can't do it myself. it needs to blend right in with my site and look exactly like it. I will pay money for a theme. MONEY!!! COLD HARD CASH!!!! I need this theme set up.

    Email me at blckleprd@gmail.com with your price. This is a quick way to make 20 bucks or so, and I'm sure someone can do it for me. When we agree, I shall send you my site files, so that you can make a theme that looks just like it.

    Thankyou so much,
    Karan

  2. Michael Bishop

    Posted 9 years ago #

    $20, how generous....

  3. James
    Happiness Engineer
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Web design tends to go for $40-$60/hr, but I have seen some designers only charge $20/hr.

  4. Mark Jaquith
    WordPress Lead Dev
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Original themes, depending on the features they have, usually take 5-20 hours. I charge $30 an hour, which is relatively inexpensive, actually.

  5. Jinsan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    $600 for a theme O_o....

  6. fuzzy_logic
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    If you want your site to be unique (and nice, of course), $600 is a steal.

  7. solipsist
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hi Karan,
    You might also try a service like BlogMoxie. I believe they have a custom quote option so you can tell them exactly what you need and perhaps they can help.

    Best of luck! :)

  8. bryanwebster
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    LOL $20

    LOL

  9. tedfox
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It's not so hard to get a theme for $20.... just a bit of compromise on the quality. :P

    maybe take the OLD wordpress template and change a few colours?

  10. danielck
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    You get what you pay for.

    For $20, I would not do any new design concept but I'll just do some simple customisation of the existing themes. Additional images are charged seperately. The same goes for additional HTML/PHP coding.

  11. Jinsan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm not sure 600 bucks is a steal - I agree the design side of it is where the core of it would be. For double that cost you could probably get yourself a custom built blog site without the need for WP. WP is after all the core base, but $600 for a design? I guess it's a question of how good it is then, because it'd have to be stonking great.

    On the other hand, it does put into perspective the amount of (wo)man hours that have gone into around 271 themes * 10-15 hours (I would double or triple that) * by $20....

    lucky community eh? :)

  12. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    The relatively informal and supportive nature of the WP community does occasionally lead folks to forget what good web standards designers normally charge. :)

  13. ceo
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    "The relatively informal and supportive nature of the WP community does occasionally lead folks to forget what good web standards designers normally charge. :)"

    We're a spoiled lot, we are.

    I think a lot of people just plain don't realize how much time and effort go into creating just a layout. I have come to the point where it doesn't even make my mouth drop when I'm asked to do a whole bunch of design work for some miniscule price or "just as a favor."

    But if you want a unique and high quality design, you certainly will get what you pay for, in my opinion.

  14. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It's not just design.
    It's also all other aspects ....

  15. TechGnome
    Moderator
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I think a lot of people just plain don't realize how much time and effort go into creating just a layout. - ceo

    Mostly it's those who have never had to create a design from scratch. Modifying existing themes is one thing, but to design & develop something from scratch takes time. I'm going on week 6 (part time) on the development of my theme. It's time consuming, painstaking and labor intensive. $20/hr is cheap for this kind of stuff. The going rate I've seen and quoted is $50/hr. It also depends on if graphics are to be included in the deal.

    Tg

  16. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Plus for php guys are entitled to charge programming rates.

  17. fuzzy_logic
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    During summer I don't mind doing some freelance theme designing/tweaking and have the "clients" pay maybe 10-15/hr to WP.

  18. khaled
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Stuff like this AMAZES me. 240 plus themes, some of which are absolutely spectacular, and you're not happy with that. Not pleasing some people.

    $20 dude, that's not even worth me coming up with a mock up for you much less actually doing any coding. Tell you what donate that 20 to wordpress and download a theme, play around you'll be happier for it.

  19. Jinsan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    that's about 2 pints in Canary Wharf...if you're lucky...

  20. ryansgirl0421
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I agree with khaled there are tons of very good themes (in which I have used and modified) and as someone who dabbles in CSS myslef it's not that hard to learn.

    And $20? WTF that's an insult to any web designer just donate to WP like suggested.

  21. solipsist
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yikes!
    Maybe we can just assume that this person has no experience with web design and doesn't know how difficult it is or what the going rate is. Or perhaps this person isn't even from the US and doesn't know the going rate in US dollars. Or perhaps this person just got really, really frustrated while trying to work with the program, and this was a post of sheer desperation. I don't think s/he meant to insult anybody. IMHO, it's only an insult if someone knows they're insulting you... if they don't know, it's just ignorance, that's all.

  22. zack56
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm a professional, but I do pro-bono ;) work for people sometimes just to help them out. Good design does cost, as I know too well (if I had enough money and a good graphics team there's no knowing what I'd do). If the original poster does want a little change in an existing theme I'd be more than happy to do it for them...
    So yeah, no need to get riled at somebody who may not be a tightarse like the previous poster said.

  23. iiedwinii
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Cool Beans... seems like Blckleprd got him/her-self a designer... :) and worse comes to worse, I'd be more then happy to work together and create an original theme :)

  24. zack56
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Sure, I'll let you know if they ever get back. :)

  25. Joni
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I started out designing just for myself. I love skins and when I had an MT blog I went to town. I took a few classes, read a lot of books, lurked a lot, looked on the net to find good and bad designs, picked them all apart and am STILL learning.

    If it were so easy, everyone would be doing it. Oh, wait. Everyone IS!!

    Ha ha ha! To the OP, you should be able to find a designer who will give you a unique look and custom templates for well under $600. I'm not taking any new clients right now, otherwise, I'd pimp my web design site.

    BlogMoxie, ElegantWebscapes, Sekimori.com, just google blog designer and you should be able to come up with several.

  26. mamabean
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    You know... and I will probably get bashed for chiming in on this but I'm honestly not sure I care...

    The OP made a simple request. Granted, I know very well that $20 doesn't get you much in web design. But why do people feel the need to be so rotten to this person about it? If you are not willing to honor the request, simply don't post. Why is that so hard? In the time it takes to make fun of or laugh at this person, you could be doing something productive.

    Kudos to those that posted something to at least send this person in the right direction for help.

  27. Varsis
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I think this whole discussion started with a misunderstanding of the OP's request.

    "I need a theme created for my site, and can't do it myself. it needs to blend right in with my site and look exactly like it."

    It should be noted that the OP wasn't asking for a new ground-up design, but a theme that matches an EXISTING website. Something that in most cases could be relatively easily accomplished with a copy/pasted wrap and some style tweaks.

  28. fuzzy_logic
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It should be noted that the OP wasn't asking for a new ground-up design, but a theme that matches an EXISTING website. Something that in most cases could be relatively easily accomplished with a copy/pasted wrap and some style tweaks.

    I don't agree with you. I modeled my theme from Macromedia website and it still took me forever.

  29. zack56
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Depends on which way you do it. It's possible to change a site's look completely in half an hour. The quality though is what you pay for - nothing more, nothing less.

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