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How much should I expect to pay for a website?

Monday, January 7th, 2008

So far I have only really talked about ServWise and our affordable hosting packages. But this time I want to discuss the Web Design business (My other favourite topic) and specifically the subject of “How much should I expect to pay for a new website?“.

Many people ask me this question, and more than often I am surprise at the perception people have about how little it should cost to produce a professional corporate website. In part I think this is down to the prominent advertising of free or cheap web design systems that give the impression that all web design is easy and takes only minutes.

These systems will generally use pre-programmed templates that in many cases will look quite professional, but you have to remember that you are not buying a personal design, its probably being used by 100’s if not 1000’s of other websites and will be very limited in the amount of customisation you can make.

So in an effort to educate and inform I’ve listed a few example price ranges that I beleave are fare for the most common types of website systems for the typical SME business based on the many years experience that I have had producing high quality web site solutions for these types of client.

Basic website with a pre-made design
Example Technologies : xhtml, css
Pages : 5-10 A4 sized pages.
Price : £200-£500

Basic website with a bespoke design
Example Technologies : xhtml, css
Pages : 5-10 A4 sized pages.
Price : £400-£800

Medium sized website with a bespoke design and features like drop-down menus using javascript (dhtml)
Example Technologies : xhtml, css2, javascript (dhtml)
Pages : 20-30 A4 sized pages.
Price : £700-£1500

CMS (Content management system) driven website using an off the shelf open-source CMS and incorporating a bespoke template design
Example Technologies : SQL, php, xhtml, css, javascript
Pages : Unlimited via CMS
Price : £1200-£2000

CMS (Content management system) driven website using an off the shelf open-source CMS and incorporating a bespoke template design and including eCommerce
Example Technologies : SQL, php, xhtml, css, javascript
Pages / products :Unlimited via CMS
Price : £3000-£5000

Bespoke CMS (Content management system) driven website incorporating a bespoke template design
Example Technologies : SQL, php, xhtml, css, javascript
Pages / products : Unlimited via CMS
Price : £6000-£10000

Bespoke CMS (Content management system) driven website incorporating a bespoke template design including eCommerce
Example Technologies : SQL, php, xhtml, css, javascript
Pages / products : Unlimited via CMS
Price : £8000 and above

As with any competitive market you are likely to get prices ranging wildly based on by who and where the work is done, however the prices listed are what I would say in the UK should get your a fairly decent website. Don’t expect to get a Facebook or Amazon for those prices though.

Anyway that’s all for this post, I hope it provides some valuable information and for those looking for a new website and don’t forget to ask for a FREE quote at WiredEyes.com

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