Website Development

So you want a website, but don’t know where to start.

The first thing everyone wants to know is how much a website costs. The second thing they want to know is what other websites the developer/designer has created. The third is how long it will take.

Cost is the biggest one, so let’s cover that. Asking how much a website costs is like asking how much a car costs – it differs greatly.

At the very low end, the business owner can go to Blogger and set up their own blog/website. Take it one step further and they can build their own site with GoDaddy (although they usually look awful), then you have some better services like Wix and Weebly. Then after that point you can either teach yourself how to build a site or hire a professional. At this point if you’re ready to hire a professional, these are some of the questions that will help determine price:


Sample Questions for the Business Owner:

  1. Need help finding and editing photos?

  2. Finding and editing copy?

  3. Uploading copy?

  4. Number of pages on site?

  5. Will you have an image gallery?

  6. Contact form?

  7. Blog?

  8. Slider on home page?

  9. Special Must have features?

  10. Will this be an ecommerce site? If so,

    1. How many products

    2. How often new products added

    3. What type of products

    4. How far shipping

    5. Do they have to upload

    6. One of a kind products

    7. Payment type

    8. Minimum order restrictions?

This is just a quick roundup, but the fact-finding and road-mapping process is a crucial part of the website estimate. So in general a website for a small to medium sized business can cost anywhere from $1,000-$300,000. This is just a rough estimate, you’ll need to sit down with your developer to get an exact range 🙂

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