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What Does It Cost?
The cost of website work depends on a lot of factors. Since our sites are all custom, we can't give quotes until we talk about what you want your site to do, but we can make some generalizations. If it helps, it's hard to create a new website for under $500 unless it's only a few pages, you are well prepared, and all of the content is extremely well prepared.
Ideally, we like to estimate the scope of projects, work up a list of expected tasks and services commensurate with the size of the project, and then present a bid based upon those specifications. It frees both of us from watching the clock, and lets us produce a better site. Usually this bid is for a fixed amount plus $50/hr for additional work requested.
Minor site enhancements and maintenance are usually performed at the rate of $50/hr in quarter-hour increments, with a $25 minimum.
A website is an investment in your business, and we take it as seriously as you do - perhaps even more so as most of the time people come to us without a clear idea of what they want. We take pride in helping with all levels of website creation. We consider it an investment in you. As you prosper, so will we.
The cost of creating a site is based more on the content of the site than on the number of pages, although the size of a site is obviously a factor in the cost. Other factors are what is on the pages, such as the captions, descriptions, images and other media, and the number and variety of page layouts. It's possible to create a lot of pages which are similar in much less time than than a handful of pages which are completely different. Similarly, a set of pages based on a theme (so they share graphics and at least some layout) are quicker to create than an equal number of pages which look completely different with their own color schemes and layouts.
In addition to technical services, the cost also includes some graphics art work. Normally, even if you supply all the images, we need to do a little processing such as resizing them or converting the format. This doesn't take long unless there are a lot of images. Usually you want us to do more than just resizing though. Otherwise your site would be just some text on a solid colored background and that's usually not what you want. Whether you intend to or not, the visual component of a site also communicates with visitors - the message they receive is only based partly on your words and product photos. Sometimes it's possible to create a block design that your target market will find appealing but usually sites communicate best if the look and feel is crafted to reinforce the content.
The graphics arts work required is the simplest if you have a logo and public relations material in digital format, but don't worry if you don't. If you have letterhead, we can probably get a high quality copy of your logo from your printer; if not, we can scan it. If you need art, we can see if we can create something from your logo or photos, and/or have some clip art which can be modified and/or work with our associates, depending on your budget and preferences.
Much of the cost of creating a website also depends on how much of the organization and management of the 'content', the stuff that goes on those pages, that we do. It depends on how much work you have already done which is usable. For example, if your site is a brochure-type site, it would take us a fraction of the time to just put it online than to design the brochure as well.
These guidelines are provided for the purpose of helping you make decisions, particularly if you are deciding on a budget; or you would really like to create your own site but you understand the value of professional standards and you don't have the expertise nor the time to acquire the expertise. The info on this site is not intended to answer all questions, but rather to serve as a starting point for conversation. If you have not already organized and laid out your site, it's usually not a good idea for you to do so completely on your own. We're happy to provide advice or work with you to do it for you.
Discounted rates are available for 501(c)3 organizations at our discretion.