“How much does a website cost?” As a web designer at EZ-NetTools, this is a question I’m asked on a regular basis.
This article will explain what goes into website costs, and provide real-world figures so you know what to expect when you’re looking to get a new website.
Let’s compare a website to buying a home. Houses come in all shapes and sizes. They can be large or small, well-crafted or sloppy, custom-built or pre-manufactured.
Hiring a web designer is like hiring a craftsman. You’re paying for skilled labor. You could build the entire house yourself, but most people don’t because it requires too much time and expertise.
For now, let’s assume you’re planning to hire a professional to build your website. At EZ-NetTools there are 3 main factors that affect price.
Size & Complexity
Generally speaking, larger websites cost more. However, complexity plays an important role as well. A sophisticated single-page website with rich-animation and lots of custom features may take more hours to create than a 30-page site with a simple layout.
Frequently, customers will have us to the technical parts of a website, while perform the time-consuming but simple parts (like putting products into a catalog).
If you’re modestly technical and have the time, building part of the website yourself is a great way to save money.
Template Vs. Custom
During a consultation, one of the first things I’ll try to determine with a customer is whether they need a custom or template-based website. Template sites can be built for as little at $300 while custom designs start at $1000. The difference comes down to the amount of work involved.
Here are the advantages and disadvantages of each…
Template-Based Websites ($300+)
Templates are easy because they’re already 80% finished. You pick one you like and add your content. This is a great way to get something up quickly with minimal investment.
At EZ-NetTools $300-$900 is pretty common for WordPress template sites (though they can sometimes cost more).
Advantages of Templates
Disadvantages of Templates
A Template Might be the best choice if…
Custom Designed Websites ($1000+)
If you have the budget, custom designs are a more premium experience. We work with you to determine the best way to present your company, communicate your ideas, and find the right solutions based on your needs.
At EZ-NetTools $1000-$5000 is pretty common for Custom WordPress sites.
Advantages of Custom Design
Disadvantages of Custom Design
A Custom Design Is Best If…
There are lots of things that affect the cost of a website. Templates will save you money, but custom designs allow for greater flexibility and control, and may ultimately pay off better in the long run.
If you’re curious what we can do for you, give us a call at 800-627-4780.
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