One of the first questions potential clients ask is "how much does it cost to make a website?". It seems like a straight forward question, but in reality it's difficult to answer.
In order to put together a quote for your project, we need to understand exactly what your site or application needs to do. Are we making updates to an existing site? Is it a single landing page with a form? A new informational website? An e-commerce site? Do you need a blog? Obviously, the more it needs to, the more functionality that will be required. This equates to more development time, more planning time, more testing and more support after the project is complete. This is especially the case with custom applications that are used by businesses in their day to day operations.
“Don't be frightened away by the complex nature of quoting your project. We've been doing this for a long time and we'll handle navigating through all of the details.”
If a design is required, which is the case with most new projects, we need to determine how many pages need to be designed. We need to know if you have a logo or if one needs to be created. Will the design be for desktop use only or does the site need to be mobile responsive?
Are there any third party services that we will need to integrate with? For example, most e-commerce sites handle credit card transactions and therefore require integration with a payment gateway, shipping calculator or tax calculator. Does your site need to integrate with social media?
Then, there's hosting. Will the site require an SSL certificate to secure the site? Does the site get a lot of traffic and require a dedicated server? Does the server and site need to be PCI compliant? Do you need email accounts?
Finally, there's ongoing support, maintenance and SEO (search engine optimization) services. Do you want to pay for maintenance and support as you go or purchase a service agreement? Do you require ongoing SEO work? Assistance with online marketing?
As you can see, there are a lot variables that can affect the cost of your project. The process of pricing out a job like this can be compared to building a house. You'll generally know what the house will cost, but the price can fluctuate greatly depending on the size and location of the home, the finishes such as countertops, flooring and trim. Once you've figured all that out and have reached a price, other unforeseen circumstances may affect the cost once building begins. The same holds true when building a website or custom software.However, don't be frightened away by the complex nature of quoting your project. We've been doing this for a long time and we'll handle navigating through all of the details so we can arrive an accurate quote.
We quote the majority of our projects on a fixed quote basis. This means you'll know exactly what your website or app will cost before we begin work. It will never cost more, unless the scope of work changes during development.
Now, back to the original question. How much does it cost to build a website? As you've learned, the answer depends on a bunch of little details. We typically learn as much as we can and then provide you with a quote and/or proposal. If all looks good, we execute an agreement and begin work. Our pricing is based on a combination of billable time, our investment in the development of software and frameworks used in your project and our experience and expertise relative to our competitors. Typically, you can expect a new informational web site to cost between $5,000 and $8,000+ and a new e-commerce site to cost anywhere from $8,000 - $20,000+ depending on features and requirements. Of course, things like mobile apps, site updates/enhancements and custom software will all vary in cost depending on the details.