Archive for the ‘Web Design Pricing’ Category

What is the web design process?

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Here is a breakdown of the web design and development process so you know what to expect:

This is the most crucial step of the whole project and needs to be documented correctly before any work is done on the site. It is important for us to listen to you and your needs as a client. It is important for you to accurately communicate your goals for the website. Sometimes clients don’t always know what they want, so we often ask some questions to help begin effective dialogue.

Website Quote and Pricing
Once we know what you do and don’t want, we can provide you with an accurate quote on how much the project will cost. Once the site budget is approved and all documentation has been signed and approved, we require 50% of the site cost up front. Pricing a website is sort of like buying a car, the more bells and whistles you want the more the car will cost. Therefore, the more information about the project we have and know up front, the more accurate the quote will be.

Web Design
Your website design speaks volumes about your business. Think of your website as the billboard on the side of the internet highway as thousands of web surfers cruise the internet on a daily basis. Will they stop and take a look or keep going? The quality of your site will determine if they stay or go. Be sure you have taken a look at the past work of the web design firm you choose and that they can produce the kind of quality your site deserves.

Web Coding and Programming
If your site requires any PHP programming, this is done once the design has been approved. PHP is a dynamic programming language we use to do tasks such as email contact forms, application form processing, content management, e-commerce and database development.

Once the site is complete and has been approved by the client, we are ready to ‘go live’ and put the site up on the web for all to see and explore. To make a site live, you will need a domain name and someone to host the website. We recommend for purchasing domain names and we provide hosting for $15/month. Read more about our web hosting plan.

And then….
Well, the site is done, but the relationship is not. Many clients like to do site upgrades in the future, like to purchase other services like search engine optimization or will need technical support. We often check in with clients on a monthly basis to make sure things are still running smoothly and to offer any support they may need.

How much does a website cost?

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

The best way to answer this question is to think about buying a new car. The more bells and whistles (chrome rims, 4-wheel drive, spoiler, flames painted on the side) you want on the car the more it costs.

Same goes for web design – the more bells and whistles (Flash movies, CMS, dynamic pages, fancy navigation menus) the more the site costs.

I try to first extract from the client what the basic needs are: homepage, about us, products, services, contact us.

These are what I call the ‘Fab 5’ – the foundational pages of a website. These type of sites aren’t normally that expensive, maybe $500 – $750. But then when you start adding Flash, more pages, the ability for the client to update the site themselves (CMS), etc., the bill starts going up.

Another factor of course is how much the web design firm charges per hour, per page, per mockup, etc. I know one guy who is very good who charges $500 just for the mockup. I know some companies where you can get an entire ‘Fab 5’ site for $500. But then again, just like everything else, you get what you pay for.

So, how much does a website cost?

1. Will depend on the web design firm’s standard charging rates – not everyone charges the same.

2. If you want to pay for what you need as compared to what you want.

3. Do you want all the bells and whistles or will a basic ‘Fab 5’ suffice?
To get a web design quote, please use our web design quote form to contact us.

How long should I wait to get paid for web design

Monday, February 12th, 2007

I normally do 50% up front and 50% when it’s done. However, this was a special rush case so I went ahead and did the work.

What other guidelines do other web designers/developers out there use for pricing and getting paid?