Whenever anyone wants a website designed, the first question they usually ask is related to how much it will cost. Most people are shocked by the numbers that come back, as for even a basic website designed to a good standard you might be looking at paying at least $1,600. The high cost of web design is what has driven the success of template websites and website building programs such as Rvsitebuilder which is offered free with JaguarPC hosting plans.
However, the cost of building a website that can deliver your business objectives depends on many variables based on what you want and are looking to achieve. A full design and build of a large business website could cost as much as $75,000, although such a figure will often only be relevant to large corporations paying for a redesign who have a website fully customized to their needs.
Your total cost will depend on the services offered and those that you hire a designer to take care of. Different designers will likely charge different amounts of money for each of these variables. When shopping around for web design, ask how the costs break down if you want to get a better idea of what you are getting for your money.
Here are some examples of what you can expect in different price brackets.
$1,600 – $5,000
At this price you will likely be getting a basic site, which will go far beyond what you would get from a template but not be too much more than that. You would, however, get your site branded based on your needs, and basic SEO like speed and code optimization will be performed. At this price it is unlikely you will get any content written for you, so you will have to get this from elsewhere or do it yourself.
$5,000 – $7,500
A basic e-commerce site design fits into this category. You should also be able to access fully customizable design in this price range and get to meet with a designer to discuss your needs and receive advice.
$7,500 – $15,000
You are now starting to move into big business categories, where you can expect to see your site designed to include photo galleries and any other custom features, including applications and plug-ins. Content for the whole of your initial design should also be included when you are paying this much, and the leading designers will even take care of keyword research for you so they can create the very best optimized copy.
$15,000 and Above
At this price you are starting to look at the top end of the market, and will not even have to be involved in the process if you do not want to be. As you start to move up from $15,000, you will be looking at adding in advanced technology for dealing with data and e-commerce if you have specialized and very specific needs.
These web site cost parameters should help you decide at what level you would like to start building your site and how much that type of design should cost. When you have baseline cost and your needs in line then you can be better prepared to know what to expect when you receive your final invoice from the website designer you choose.