I've decided to finally upgrade the website which has served me well but looking dated and tired.
Having no intention of doing it myself, I've looked up local web designers, checked out their work and found a few whose work and own website I like the look of.
Trouble is I'm getting a real range of quotes. They will all use Wordpress with CMS etc. I can't see what differentiates their work. One firm have reduced the fee from £1000 to £600 for the website with £70 per year for hosting. They said they would be using Wordpress templates and said all designers do this even if they say it's custom built. The most expensive also sounded the most professional. He's charging £1750 for the website, plus £275 pa for web hosting.
For SEO, there seems to be more consensus: around £400 per month
Advice please would be much appreciated: Do web designers all use the same templates anyway? What have you paid/or would pay for a website? Any regrets?What do you pay for hosting and SEO?