- Rachel DeSantis 10.26.2015
A good website is important for today’s businesses. In addition to helping them establish a robust web presence, it can contribute to their marketing campaigns by hosting blogs, white papers, and more. A robust site can also help you reach out to your clients whether they’re using conventional desktops or the latest smartphones. After all, it adjusts according to their screens and devices to avoid compromising the user experience. And don’t forget the great content that helps you attract and engage visitors, ensuring that they come your way on a regular basis. If your website doesn’t deliver even one of these, it’s time for you to get in touch with a website designer/developer.
“But a site will cost me an arm and a leg!”
Not necessarily. The following points will explain the actual costs of creating a new site, how to ensure its quality, and how you can get the best without breaking the bank.
Before taking a single step towards building your site, you need to plan a budget for it. Which brings us to the frequently asked question: ‘how much is a typical website?’ The answer, unfortunately, isn’t as straightforward. There are many factors that can affect the amount it will cost, including:
However, let me give you a hint of what to expect. For under $5,000, you’ll get a regular website that may or may not be responsive or mobile friendly (depending on who’s developing it). Meanwhile, you can pay between $5,000 and $10,000 to convert existing HTML websites and gain more control over the content and utilize advanced website applications. On the other hand, costlier projects are bound to include visual design work as well as a comprehensive shift in technology. Between $30,000 and $50,000, expect to address larger sites with greater page complexity. Still, expect to go beyond that range if your website requires branding work, complex custom business logic, or multiple complex website implementations.
Aside from the cost of building and designing your site, you need to calculate ongoing maintenance costs. Some aspects, such as changing content or creating subpages, can be handled by you if you have a robust CMS in place. However, there are some changes that you’ll need a professional to handle, such as adding additional applications or changing the structure of the database. So make sure to add maintenance and updates to your budget plan.
Selecting the best developer is a great way to ensure value for your money while getting a site you’d be proud to put your logo on. Since ‘best’ is a subjective term, use the following questions to assess which professional is perfect for your project.
Now that you know how to set a budget for your new site and how to ensure its quality, it’s time for you to learn how you can get most of what you want without spending more than you planned.
With this information, you’ll be able to have your cake and eat it too. And the best part is that your business won’t be disturbed and your peace of mind will remain intact. Keep these points in mind when the time comes to develop your site. It may be sooner than you think if your site is showing these signs.