Q: How much does it cost to have a web site designed?
For estimating the cost of building a web site, think: 1 hr. design = 1 web page (see rates table). Add extra hours for the overall graphic design: I'd say 4 to 8 hours for the graphics work. You can use this for general estimating purposes. Actual costs will be more or less depending on the complexity of your web pages.
Are you prepared to pay for attention to detail? Quality web sites are effective because they are easy to navigate, accessible to the blind, p3p compliant, compatible with commonly used web browsers, forward-compatible, and likely to rank highly on search engines.
You can always start with a simple site or a splash page and grow it into your dream site over time.
Before I get started, I will ask you for a lot of information. What do you want to say? Who's going to write the text? Who's going to take the photos? I will ask for as much art and information as possible. I will ask about your goals.
Other factors (custom requirements):
- shopping cart/e-commerce
- flash animation
- mailing list
- event calendars
Constant revisions will blow the budget out of the sky. Keep the number of revisions down through carefully planning and communication. Make an outline that lists every single page and it's content including text, photos and links desired. Add special notes on interactivity or design preferences.
Remember that you have to buy a domain name and sign up with a hosting service. These services have ongoing costs and have nothing to do with site design and site maintenance.
When you're ready and have the funds to get started, send your outline on over. Since web site design is an involved process, I will require a deposit before I start working on your project.
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