How much will a website cost?
The big question on everyone’s minds is ‘How much is this going to cost?’ The answer depends on the web developer’s business model. Most will base the cost on the type and complexity of your business needs.
Starter questions to ask would be about payment structure. Do they charge by milestone, hourly, or fixed fee? Expect to pay a deposit up front and the rest upon delivery of the finished product.
The way to tackle this question is to know what type of website you want, then have a preliminary discussion with a potential web developer. They can assess the scope of the project itself which may be more involved than you anticipated from a coding standpoint. From here, your developer will give you a quote and a proposal. If this seems very far out of your budget range, take this first quote as a starting point to compare and contrast with other firms. You’ll be quite knowledgeable within a few discussions and able to negotiate costs.
Ask if they offer a warranty or maintenance plan. Are these included in the budget or are they separate bills? Things break, and it’s a good idea to work with the people who created your website from the start to fix whatever goes wrong in the future.
What happens if the project goes over-budget, time, or scope? What if you change your mind mid-way into the process? Find out what their policy is when new developments arise that push the project over-budget.
In the case of eCommerce sites that involve a certain level of complexity beyond your average plug-n-play web builder, it is wise to invest your money in hiring professionals. Be realistic about what you want to spend, but don’t be cheap! A good website is worth every penny.
A good checklist to set your personal budget:
The server or company that will be the home for your website; think of it like renting a storage unit of sorts.
The cost of purchasing a URL & yearly renewals of ownership
Project fee for the graphic designer for your website
Project fee for your web developer
Outreach to your customers with advertising, email campaigns, etc.
Ongoing maintenance, monitoring, and upkeep of your website