How much does a website cost?

How much does a website cost? How is website cost calculated?

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How much does a website cost?

Why website cost shouldn’t be defined before a design briefing

A couple of days ago we wrote a blog post about low cost web design, and since then we have had a number of people asking “how much DOES a website cost?”.  Well, the truth is that there really isn’t a set answer to this, it completely depends upon the requirements of the client. Most design agencies will charge an hourly or daily rate for their work, and they will create a written quotation for you based on the amount of time it will take to complete the job. If all you are after is a static website with let’s say 6 pages, chances are that there will be a design cost of about 1-2 days and a development cost of 1-3 days. Theoretically, if the day rate of the agency is £500, then the website would cost between £1,000 and £2,500. If you want something a little bit more complicated such as a CMS (content management system) so that you can update the site yourself, or you want a blog, a Flash interaction or an eCommerce website then the cost will obviously increase.

Some companies offer a standard price for a website, and you may have seen there slogan’s on various advertising boards quoting i.e. “professional websites for £499″. I am always very wary of these kinds of companies, because how can they offer the same price to every client before they even know their basic requirements? Ultimately they aim to save time by choosing the site design from a number of pre-built templates and choosing which will best fit that particular client’s needs. Maybe this is perfect for some people, but I would always opt for a bespoke design for your site. Additionally, these companies often tie you in to ‘update retainers’ (a monthly fee to update the site) and using their own hosting so that they get back any extra development costs.

We are in a strong position because as freelancers we have very low overheads, enabling us to offer a much lower development rate for our work. To get a quotation for website  cost or any other digital work, then simply contact us to find out more.

About Luke

Luke is the owner of Falkon Digital Ltd, the head honcho. He likes strong coffee & fried chicken but not at the same time.

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Comments (2)
  1. David Thomas

    I used a company that created my website for £299 and I was pleased with it. I needed a few updates which cost £30 per change, and I had to pay £30 a month hosting which came to nearly £800 in total for this first year. Also, I looked at their portfolio recently and my website is almost exactly the same as about 5 other websites they have done only with slightly different colours and images. I’m pretty unhappy about it but I’m tied in now after my initial investment

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    1. SEO Creative

      Unfortunately that is a story I hear quite regularly – people always expect us to match prices of agencies offering crazy web design prices, but I explain to them that they recoop their costs in other ways, plus you’re going to get a generic site that takes them a very short amount of time to develop. Don’t get me wrong, these sites have their place an can spread the costs for a start up business, but as the saying goes, “if you pay peanuts”….

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