In the old days people would always hire a professional website designer because they felt this was the best way to ensure they got a professional looking website made. Companies and individuals were willing to spend thousands of dollars for the chance to create a web presence that would give them a good image. Nowadays, especially because of the state of the economy, many companies and individuals are deciding to go with website templates instead of a website designer or developer. There are a multitude of reasons for this.
When it comes to the high-priced website developers, they are going to have a reputation to back them. They are going to have a portfolio of professional websites they have created that are going to speak for their work. High-priced website designers are going to have people who could vouch for them as well as have a very strong web presence. This is the reason why they are going to be priced so expensively, because what you are really paying for is a degree of certainty, not necessarily superior quality.