How much will a new website cost?
It’s probably the most common question I get asked by new clients.
I have been in the web design business since 2004 and I have been involved with designing hundreds of websites but I still can’t give a quick answer to this question. Now I’m not trying to get out of providing a straight answer. I often get the feeling that clients think I am. I even get the uneasy feeling that some new clients believe that I ask so many questions about there business so I can gauge how much I can get away with charging to build their new website.
Regardless of this I still understand that it is actually a fair question to ask. As a business owner you need to make sure you are spending your money wisely. But you must realise that asking how much a website will cost is a bit like walking into a used car dealership and asking how much it will be to buy a car. After the used car salesman has stopped rubbing his hand with glee he will ask what type of car you had in mind. He’ll ask about your budget, what you will use it for, how many people it should hold, if it needs to be practical or sporty, and even what colour you would like it to be. Yes, he’ll ask loads of questions to try and narrow down the massive selection so he can point you to the best car for your needs.
Like cars, there can be a massive difference in costs when it comes to developing a website. Some web designers will charge £100 while others charge £10,000, or more.
‘Surely there can’t be that much of a difference?’, I hear you ask.
Well like cars, you can buy an economic model by a Far Eastern car manufacturer for around £5000, or you can buy a Lamborghini for £500,000. Both provide the same basic functions – they take you from point A to point B. However, there is a massive difference when it comes to design, engineering, comfort and quality.
So that being said, how much should a website really cost?
I charge £25 per hour, £200 per day for my web services including freelance work.
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Website design costs
Creatika - One of the most popular choice among small businesses looking for website design.
Websites built from scratch
The price of a website built this way starts from £999.00. This includes two sets of designs and all the coding. No two web design projects are the same as the expectations and the needs of my clients highly vary. For this reason I can't quote exact prices here. Once you have sent me your brief I will be able to assess how many hours of work will be required to complete your project and based on that information I will be able to tell you the final price.
Websites based on the Joomla content management system
The price of a simple, Joomla-based website starts from £200.00. This includes 3-5 pages and some basic features. Building websites with CMS is usually a very cost and time efficient way of getting what you need quickly. Bear in mind that acquiring a professional template is likely to raise the costs. The cost of designing and developing your custom bespoke Joomla template starts from £1,000.00. Contact me for an exact quote.
If you already have a design I provide a comprehensive Joomla template conversion service converting your existing HTML, JPEG, Photoshop, PSD design into a custom Joomla template, installed and configured with your Joomla website. The cost of developing your custom template from an existing design starts around £795.00.
Blogs based on the Wordpress content management system
If what you need is just a blog, I can set it up for you for a one off fee of £250.00. If you need additional features added the price will be somewhat higher. Again, if you need a professional Wordpress theme, it is likely to raise the costs. I can assist you with choosing and buying a theme. As above the cost of designing and developing your custom bespoke Wordpress theme starts from £1,200.00. Contact me for an exact quote.
If you already have a design I provide a comprehensive Wordpress theme conversion service converting your existing HTML, JPEG, Photoshop, PSD design into a custom Wordpress theme, installed and configured with your Wordpress website. The cost of developing your custom theme from an existing design starts from £795.00.
Responsive websites don't necessarily cost more than regular ones due to the fact that the latest CMS themes come with built-in responsiveness and several other frameworks also exist that support the mobile technology. However, in many cases extra coding and work is required so the prices are likely to raise a bit.
I can design a full e-commerce website with shopping cart setup to to take online credit card payments. This can include a user friendly website administration area that will allow you to input your own stock, change prices, etc. The admin area is accessible online via a user ID and password.
Shopping cart and e-commerce website prices start from £1,200 with our standard solution coming in at around £1,450. This would normally include some search engine optimisation.
Search Engine Optimization Costs
Creatika - One of the most popular choice among small businesses looking for SEO.
Allow your potential customers to find your website, by being listed high in search engine rankings. I am an expert in getting to the top of search engines such as Google. I also show you how to use google analytics to see how people are finding your website. I can provide SEO at a fraction of the cost of any large London Web Design agency.
Good Web Design builds SEO into your website, this combined with ongoing SEO delivers real results for your business. I help all sorts of businesses with their websites and SEO, so if your a B&B in Cardiff, a Charity in Carmarthen, a Grocer in Swansea, a Kitchen Maker in Llanelli or any other kind of business in south wales or beyond, I can deliver quality SEO for your business.
A 3-month SEO contract will cost you £900 (£300 each month). This price includes all the usual SEO activities that are necessary to give a boost to your website's position. 3 months is the minimum time that is needed for noticeable results.
A 6-month SEO contract will cost you £1600 (£266 each month). This price includes all the usual SEO activities that are necessary to give a boost to your website's position in 6 months.
A 12-month SEO contract will cost you £2600 (£216 each month). This price includes all the usual SEO activities that are necessary to give a boost to your website's position.
Got Questions about prices?
If there is anything that you are unsure of, or you have been blinded by the jargon, please letme know, and i will fill in the missing gaps for you.