Calculating What a Website Costs
I get emailed on a daily basis with people contacting me to find out what a new website will cost. I get a 1 or 2 sentence description of what they want, and in return they want a solid number that I will commit to.
I wish it were that simple.
Website Design Cost Calculator
I have been in the process of building a website cost calculator to give people a ballpark estimate of what a website could potentially cost based on some questions you answer. The intent of this website cost calculator is to give you a “realistic” estimate of what I may charge to build a website for you. There are so many factors though, it seems that I will never get it completed. I do not want to appear deceptive with a quote calculator providing an estimate, but then a final quote I give potentially varying significant from the calculator.
If you would like to receive a solid quote, I need a specific details about your project. If you’re not sure what to tell me, I have a website development questionnaire you can review so you can form a list of features and functionality you will need. Upon receiving specific details, I will probably ask more questions. Then I will send you a proposal for website development. If you are ready to provide this to me, you can request quote for website development here.
I get it, everyone is in a hurry with “everything”and wants a quick answer. If your project is being a few pages of text and images, it take a lot more to quote a webiste. I want to fully understand a project before I commit to it. Working remotely, I want to see that you can clearly communicate your project requirements to me so the project goes smoothly and you are happy with the end result.
Below are a list of many factors that go into determining the cost of building a website. There is a lot more to it beyond the web page you see in a browser.
Website Design Costs
- Logo design
- Custom web design
- Website template or theme
- Custom website graphics
- Template or theme customizations
Web Development Costs
- Number of web pages
- Web programming
- Web database design and development
- Search engine optimization
- eCommerce website development
- Social Media integration
- Speed optimization
Other Website Costs
- Copy writing/content creation
- Domain name registration/renewal
- Web hosting fees
- Secure certificate
- Code maintenance
- Website maintenance
With many factors affecting the cost of developing a website, it makes it nearly impossible to give a ballpark estimate that will come inline with a thought out quote. There are a lot of ways to approach website development too. Defining your website budget and then developing a plan to build your website (in phases if needed) is the approach I always recommend.
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