What Are The Costs For Developing a Website?
Web design and web development cost has been increasing rapidly because of new features and extensive demands of industry. Providing a rough estimate of a website development and designing cost has become a tough thing as you never know what is inside the mind of client until and unless he/she comes with a proper detailed list of their requirements. In this article we are going to cover different basic questions which you must consider and keep in mind while planning to get a new website built for your business.
Basic parts of a website and an estimate cost:
We can give a rough idea of how much a web design will cost on the basis of below given off hand ideas. There are a few basic components of each web design project which are listed below:
- Domain name: $10-$15/year
- Web Hosting- Rangers from $10-$100/year (based on different traffic range and hosting company)
- Website design, development, planning time- Approximately 60-80 hours
- Annual site maintenance charges- Approximately $500-$1000/year (Depends upon updates & work required)
- Online marketing of website (SEO)-$700-$1000/month
Some important things which count in a web design cost:
While planning to get an estimate cost of a new web design, you should ask the following questions to yourself:
- Are you looking for a brand new site or redesign of an existing site?
- Have you prepared a list of details and requirements which you are looking forward to have in your upcoming website? This is important while asking developers for bids on your project
- Do you need a CMS (Content Management System) or Blog inside your website?
- Do you need graphics for website or you already have them?
- Do you need a responsive website for scalability with mobile devices or a simple desktop site?
- Do you need multimedia on site like flash or videos?
- How much content you have and how much you need more on your site?
- Do you need some add-ons for this web design project like SEO, ecommerce and social media integration?
- Do you need website maintenance services once it is developed?
In rest of the article we will go into detail of these questions and present you with an average budget for each of the job. We are giving prices on the basis of our years of experience in this field and that does not mean we are giving you a perfect quote.
A new site costs more than old site redesigning work
If you have a website and need it redesigned by using new graphics and feature then it would cost you less than a brand new one as most of the basic things like hosting and other programming is already done and your developer will have to over look new features in this project. However a brand new website design will cost you more money.
Discovery and documentation of site:
This step is very crucial as your developer should do a great job here in this phase and rest of the project will be a cake piece for him. This step is important as it helps in formulating a layout, structure and road map of development of a website. This step mostly involves planning online branding of your business, deciding website structure and planning its functionality. Client will be required to have several meetings with the developer in this stage as there are lots of thing which a developer has in his mind and needs to ask from you.
Interface design is again most important part of your web design process as this is what you will present to your customers and visitors. It involves development and creation of layouts, new images, graphics, page layouts for your website according to your requirements and demands of industry. If you are having some designs in hand and think that you will over look this step than its simply wrong approach. In any case, you ‘ll have to discuss your designs or images with your developer and then he will present you with different possible designs and ideas and then you will have to decide by giving your feedback. A small business website can cost your around $1100-$3400, based on your requirements and quality of web design you are looking forward to.
Images and graphics:
This part is very difficult to predict about as some cheap stock images can be purchased in $10 each but some high end custom images are priced at hundreds of dollars as well. Applying compelling and nice looking designs to your website will increase its effectiveness and therefore you must go for high end custom images if required. On low end images and cheap graphics purchase you can allocate a budget of $100 but if you need some style and quality then add $50 to your budget and you will have the best.
Responsive or Mobile site design:
As we all know that mobile devices have a great role in success of an online business and that is why we cannot ignore them while developing a new website. The best way to incorporate a website for both desktop and mobile devices is to develop a responsive website. A responsive website often costs 20%-35% more than a simple desktop website. However, if you want to give more preference to mobile customers and design a separate mobile site for them then it would cost you a 50% additional budget.
Content creation and Insertion:
For small business website, it is always better to get websites designed and then write content by yourself. Mostly developers add a dummy text in the text field which can be replaced with useful content by the owner of site via CMS. However, if you need top notch content at each page of your website than you can allocate a budget of $50-$60/page depending upon the word limit.
Programming of special features can cost you extra money:
There are tons of features which web developers can integrate into your website and improve it for your business. However, incorporating new features will obviously cost you extra and it will ultimately increase your budget. There is short but broad review of different features and how much(approximately) they will cost you separately if not bundled in your web project.
-Content Management Systems-Clients who want to manage and update their website later on often demand for a CMS. Web developers can easily integrate a CMS for them by using PHP and WordPress or Drupal. This can cost you from $2000 to $20,000 depending upon your website and business requirements.
-Training to maintain-If you have plans to work on your website on your own later and save maintenance costs then you must need a guide to learn few basics of updating and maintaining a CMS. For this purpose your developer can ask you for an extra amount of around $400 to $1200.
-Blog- if you are looking forward to add a blog with commenting system in your website than it may cost you around $1000 to $2500.
-If your site requires Ecommerce work and shopping cart along with payment processing options, add around $2000+ to your budget for this.
-Email Marketing- Clients who look forward to setting up email marketing campaigns and collecting emails of clients need an email management tool. Your developer can do this for you but on the cost of around $700 +
-Branding/Logo Design- In order to improve your identity in the online world, you always need a unique and different logo for your business. Getting a logo designed from some designer can cost you an additional sum of $250 and higher depending on skill set.
-Targeted landing- Landing pages are basically used to promote a product and basically they are part of email marketing campaign. You can get a perfect landing page designed for different products occasionally at cost of $450.
-Newsfeed- around $400
-Contact form- approximately $250-$300
-Photo Gallery- $200 to $400
-SEO work- $450 to $650
-Social Media integration-Creating and maintaining different social media pages like FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram etc- $400 to $3000.
A conclusion of how much a small business website would cost:
So after making a sum of all stuff discussed above, you can see that getting a website designed and developed requires more than one may think and can be pricey when looking or getting each component done separately. At TB Creations we aim to provide you bundled packages for your web design needs at affordable solutions. Typically the break down for most organizations in terms of price consist of the following below.
- Planning- 15%
- Designing of interface-25%
- Project management & completion-20%
And yes, the final thing which we missed out in whole process is maintenance of your website. While a small business can handle their website on their own but once they begin to grow they need someone to take care of their website. Web maintenance work often involves updating theme and fixing different bugs and fixes which occasionally appear in your site. You can hire a developer for this purpose at the cost of $200 per month vs average maintenance fees for businesses being $75/hour.
A final note for clients:
If are looking to get your website up and developed as soon as possible. Try to invest as much as you can in programming and design part because they are going to work with your conversion rate and help you get most of your business. This document was to provide you research done for web design firms in 2014 and 2015. If you would like to go with TB Creations for your web design needs we guarantee to beat the price of any organization within our skill set offering the same service and quality of work. Contact us Today!