HOW MUCH IS THIS GOING TO COST ME?
“it depends” – I’m afraid this is your answer.
Without details of your business or usage, it is very difficult for us to give an exact price.
If you’re still in early stages and need a rough idea, here is a rough guage of prices with a range different levels of functionality:
For a 1-page information website at €150 upto €2000 for a more intense e-commerce solution.
Please Note: These prices are rough estimates (wet finger in the air type) and given at time of writing (February 2018)
We do offer a free no obligation proposal for all potential website design projects. Just Get in touch, or drop us a call and chat to someone from our friendly team who will be happy to walk you through this.
CAN I GET A WEBSITE FOR FREE OR VERY CHEAP?
Yes, I will even provide you with a program for free or you can head over to Wix or one of the other many website builders out there and you can pick a template and get a very basic website up and running for free or very low cost. BUT before you start doing it yourself, please take a read of this article here The biggest mistakes of DIY websites.
You can also likely find someone abroad (outside the UK/Spain) who will build a site for you that will only cost you a few hundred £’s or €’s.
However, you’ll find the websites that you’ll get from these sources will be of a very low quality. They will lack the security measures, the functionality, the ease of use and content management I put into mine. From a professional standpoint, I do not recommend these, the websites I deliver cost more as they are bespoke, project managed, developed, and coded to a very high standard. They also undergo Q&A and are SEO optimised.
These are the questions you should ask yourself if you’re looking for a cheap website:
- – Will I actually own the website & its code or am I just renting the use of it?
- – Will someone design this with my business model in mind, or just drop an ill-fitting template in place?
- – Will it work well on mobile phones & tablets?
- – Will it be secure?
- – Will it rank well on search engines?
- – Will my clients be able to tell it’s a budget website?
- – Will I get what I pay for?
- – Will it portray my business?
- – Will I get support for a period of time on completion?
WHAT OTHER COSTS ARE THERE?
Website hosting – once your website is built, it needs somewhere to be hosted. This is what allows your website to appear live on the internet.
Our managed website hosting starts at €30incl VAT/IVA per Year.
Email Hosting – most of the time you’re going to need an email address. Not a Gmail, but something like email@example.com
We provide 2 custom emails as standard for all our clients.
Domain registration – you will need a domain name for your website. This comes with an annual fee of approx. €7-20 a year, Although we strongly suggest you obtain this yourself to stop transfer fee’s at a later stage.
SSL certificates – With the increased need for security online, we now offer an ssl certificate as part of all our website builds. This is optional unless you’re an ecommerce site, however an ssl certificate does offer security and SEO ranking benefits.
Costing per year is €199+vat.
BEFORE / AFTER
I WOULD LIKE A LOGO OR BUSINESS CARDS. CAN YOU DO THEM TOO?
Sure, we also offer affiliated services, including:
- Logo design
- Business card design
- Email design
Please contact us for more details.
These service costs are additional to the website design cost.
I CAN’T AFFORD TO PAY ALL AT ONCE, WHAT CAN I DO?
Paying the full price upfront can be daunting and may leave you feeling a little insecure about parting with all that money without seeing the end product first.Because of this all our website builds work off a 4 phase process which staggers the payment over 4 phases. This makes the site more affordable and allows you to see your website progress before making full payment:
Click each heading to find out more information
This is the design of your website, created from scratch by one of our designers. It is the first stage and only 25% of the overall cost is due in this phase.At the end of phase 1, we will deliver: design of the site and all subsequent pages in PDF format to be signed off for development phase.
This is the stage in which the site is developed and coded into a fully functioning website on our staging server behind a password. During this stage only dummy content or limited content is used to demonstrate design, operation, and functionality. A second 25% is due in this stage.
The Content and Tweaking
This is the stage in which we populate the site with the agreed content (within the scope of the requirements given in this proposal).For Ecommerce projects, we will also populate products, shipping set up, and payment functionality within this phase.In the case of a website re-design, where applicable, we can source content from the previous site.
The Testing & Going Live
In this stage, we perform website interoperability and mobile testing (and in the cases where SEO optimisation is required, SEO optimisation will be performed alongside testing).
The final 50% is due at the end of phase 4 and the project is signed off to go live.
If our 4 phase payment plan still looks a little daunting, we do also offer monthly payment solutions. Please get in touch to discuss more.
Domain Name Registration
Domain registration is a very simple process, I can organize this for you and instigate name servers to point to your appropriate hosting.
People use the internet like they used to use the phone book.
I used to tell small business owners that it didn’t matter if they had a website if most of their business was local. But now almost everyone uses the internet to get information – even local information. Potential customers are using their Smartphones and tablets to decide where to go and what to buy.
So your small business has to come up in local search or beware; people who are searching will find other local businesses rather than yours.
A business website gives your business legitimacy.
People expect businesses to have their own websites, just as they used to expect businesses to have a real physical business address.
Not having a business website raises questions in customers eyes. Are you a technological luddite? Just still haven’t gotten around to it? Or such a shoestring startup that you can’t even afford to do this? All things you don’t want people thinking about your business!
A business website gives you another marketing channel.
Having a business website gives you an automatic internet presence. Think of it as an online billboard. Instantly you have another chance to introduce people to your products and services and another way for people to find you. (Of course, how many eyes your billboard attracts will depend on your conscious marketing efforts to get people’s attention, such as Search Engine Optimization, blogging, using social media, and online advertising.)
A business website gives you another opportunity for data collection/lead generation.
For instance, getting people to write their email addresses on pieces of paper and handing them in at a physical storefront is hard.
But getting people to type their email address into a box on a website is much, much easier – especially if they perceive that they’re getting something for it, such as a newsletter, a special report or an ebook. And once you have the email address, you have another way to reach your potential customer.
Ecommerce spending is increasing every year.
In the U.S., ecommerce spending was $341.7 billion in 2015 and Forrester Research Inc. predicts that online shoppers will spend $385 billion in 2017. Retail ecommerce sales are forecast to grow at a fast pace in the coming years, going from 396.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 to just over 684 billion US dollars in 2020. In Canada, ecommerce spending was $27 billion in 2015 and sales are expected to total nearly $40 billion by 2018. Canadians shop more abroad than they do domestically, with 67% of purchases going to other countries (PFS).
To learn more about ecommerce: return to my website soon as that will be my next article.