It all depends on your individual needs. Here are some scenarios to help you find the right fit:
The two main steps are:
If you want speed, simplicity, convenience and optimal value for money, you can choose to have everything done for you in one package. That’s what Namecheap’s Business Card Maker was made for.
You’ll need design software — some types are free and come pre-installed, like Windows Paint. Others need to be downloaded or paid for. Or you can browse online for pre-made design templates (some are free, some paid). The downside is you can’t customize these templates to really make them your own, which isn’t ideal because brand recognition and making a unique impact are what business cards should do.
After you create the design, you’ll contact a printer. As explained in the previous question above, you’ll have a range of cost options. Shipping fees are also often charged for smaller volumes of 100.
Alternatively, you could get everything in one package — our Business Card Maker lets you choose from a range of popular, stylish templates, fully customize them in just a few clicks, get all the typical printing and paper quality costs inclusive, plus free worldwide shipping.
As described in the previous question.
There are quite a few options in the online marketplace these days. Your options narrow down significantly though when it comes to ticking all the right boxes. These are the criteria to look for in a top quality app for business cards:
We can confirm that Namecheap’s Business Card Maker app ticks all of these boxes.
Yes, here is Microsoft’s guide to creating business cards in Word. The templates are free (providing you’ve bought the Office software). But there’s no flexibility to customize and enhance the basic template design to match your branding. Added costs come in with finding a printer, choosing from a variety of paper options, and shipping.
Yes, they have a number of free and premium template designs. But as with Microsoft Word, you don’t have a lot of flexibility to customize and enhance the templates to make them your own. Plus you’ll need to find a separate company for the printing. It’s not an all inclusive package deal that can be completed in a few clicks.
Not at the time of writing this guide. Like any company engaged in marketing activity, they offered free business cards as a short term offer.
There are many factors that come into play which determine cost. Such as:
Namecheap’s Business Card Maker is designed to remove all the research you’d typically need to do with an all inclusive, quality package — contemporary design templates that are easy to customize, printing on quality 16pt paper with UV protection, matte or gloss finish, standard sizing (see related sizing questions on this page), the three most common Pack volumes, and free worldwide shipping. We’re also cheaper than other major suppliers. Compare prices.
Printing costs will depend on your choices of size, number of colors, paper quality, matte or gloss finish, UV protection covering, and shipping.
As described in the previous question, Namecheap’s Business Card Maker gives you an all inclusive, quality package. You’ll also get a 40% discount for 500 business cards, free shipping, and we’re cheaper than other suppliers.
Standard business cards are horizontal and rectangular. Sizes differ slightly for American and European/rest of the world printing:
Namecheap adheres to this standard — we’ll automatically send you the correct dimensions for your business cards depending on the country you want us to ship to.
There’s no right answer as the size of your logo / image will depend on your business card design. For example, some people choose to have only the logo on one side of the card and their business details on the other. Others want everything on one side of the card or a complex design of shapes.
Our minimum recommended size and dimensions for good visibility and impact are:
Pixels aren’t actually tied to a physical size, they're just a digital unit of a digital image. But if an image is designed to be small and you enlarge it, the stretched out pixels will make it look smudged.
We also recommend you upload your logo / image as an SVG file (vector graphic). This means you don’t need to worry about pixels because a vector automatically adjusts to look perfect at any size you choose. If you want to refresh your logo, and get SVG format, try out our completely free Logo Maker.
It’s fairly easy to resize an image using common software — all Windows users will have the Paint application pre-installed on their computers, while Mac users can download free software:
These are the key tips to bear in mind:
As described in the previous question.
There is no right answer. Most people use their brand colors, others go for a design template they really like. Just make sure the colors harmonise instead of clash. And three colors is typically the maximum amount. To learn more, see How to Choose Awesome Branding Colors.
There is no right answer. The most successful business card, like any effective branding, will instantly give a positive and lasting impression. And don’t forget the key tips for good business card design:
There is no right answer. Your font size will depend on your design template and the amount of contact details you’re adding. The main thing is ensuring your font is clearly readable, in both size and style.
There is no right answer. Some people swear by one-sided printing, because it let’s the people you meet use the blank side of your card for making notes to remember you by. And if you’re using a traditional printer, one sided printing will be cheaper and faster.
On the other hand, some people prefer double-sided printing so they can get more creative or add more details. But as mentioned, with a traditional printer that would mean higher costs and longer wait time.
With Namecheap’s Business Card Maker, you can choose either one-sided or double-sided printing for the same low cost as part of your all inclusive package. Plus delivery will be just as fast for either option.
With this in mind, you could get 100 business cards with single printing, and 100 with double-printing. That way, you could do some clever market research by asking your customers which they prefer.
Many people leave the back of their business card entirely blank so the people they hand them to can make useful notes to remember them by.
Alternatively, there are a number of ways to use this back space. Some examples are:
As with designing business cards at home, you’ll need design software — some types are free and come pre-installed, like Windows Paint, others need to be downloaded or paid for.
For Windows, you’d need Microsoft Publisher, which comes with their paid Professional version of the Office software suite. Here’s your Guide to double-side printing using Publisher.
It’s not advisable to print your own business cards at home though, because a professional business card is all about quality paper. Other factors come into play too, like matte or gloss finish, and UV protection covering. A business card is all about touchable branding — if it feels cheap it could do your brand more harm than good. We recommend nothing less than high quality 16pt paper.