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How Much Does a Website Cost?

Less than you might think, actually…

When looking to get a new website, one of the first questions on everyone’s mind is “how much will it cost me to have a website built?” This question is generally met with many different answers, ranging from “free” all the way to exorbitant quotes in the range of healthcare.gov (which easily cleared half a million dollars). Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not as straightforward as it seems, as there are many factors that play into the overall cost of a website.

Websites can do just about anything these days, from providing basic information about your business to providing a custom application and infrastructure to help run your business. Some sites are fairly simple, consisting of only a few pages of mainly unchanged information, while others have highly advanced functionality and features. Some websites need account functionality (the ability to log in and manage a profile) while others don’t. Want to sell products online? That’s also going to take more time. Maybe you want a pricing calculator on your site to help your customers quickly figure out how much your services cost.

The sky really is the limit when it comes to what’s possible on the web, and therefore it’s very important for any web developer to know exactly what the needs of your site are before they can provide an accurate quote.

Most people know that there are services available on the web that allow you to build a website completely free of charge. For some small startup businesses with limited budgets, these can definitely seem like attractive options. There are also large web design companies with lots of overhead and employees who won’t think twice about submitting a six figure quote for a custom web application.  Items such as team size, office location, years in business, office size, preferred software, and more can all affect the quote that you’ll receive from a design / development company. When the industry provides so many varying pricing options, it can be difficult to figure out where your project fits in on the scale without a bit of research.

“So How Can I Find Out How Much MY Website Will Cost?”

It all starts with research. You can look toward the web for some answers, researching how much people with similar websites paid for theirs. You can call around to different design / development firms, give them some details about your project, and ask for a quote. Having a firm idea in mind, and knowing EXACTLY what you want your website to do when it’s complete will definitely help you to achieve more accurate quotes. This doesn’t mean you need to know “how” you want your website built, rather that you need to have a succinct list comprised of all the functionality and features you want your website to have. The more defined your project is, the easier it will be to provide a fully accurate quote.

Figuring out the cost of your site will depend on you knowing what features / functionality you want to have. Even if you don’t have a fully developed idea in mind, you can still call around and get some ideas to help guide you in the right direction. You don’t necessarily need to know exactly what you want your website to do, but do understand that you may be asked quite a few questions by designers and developers about your project before they feel comfortable providing you with a quote. This is all part of the “client discovery” process, and it helps to strengthen your relationship with your designer, resulting in better quotes, and better end products.

What About Thought Space Designs’ Prices?

Part of what makes us unique is that we are a small team with a lot of talent. Because of our size, we’re able to produce beautiful, highly custom work for a fraction of what most larger development firms charge, while simultaneously creating a much more personal relationship with our clients. Rather than being funneled through multiple levels of support when you have an issue, you can just shoot off an email to one of us and we’ll get back to you quickly. Our prices end up being similar to the lower costs of a freelancer, but our products have the full robust functionality that can normally only be provided by a large team. You really do get the best of both worlds when you choose to work with us.

When we provide a quote, we base it off of our current hourly rate, and provide an estimated time to finish your project. If you need any extras like website hosting, ongoing maintenance and support, online marketing, etc, we’ll also let you know what those costs would be. We bill on a retainer setup, where you pay for a 10 or 20 hour chunk of time, and as we fill this retainer we send off another to refill. The entire process ends up being very cooperative, and you get to follow along to see exactly where your money is going. When we finish with your project, the remaining hours from your last retainer can either be refunded or credited towards future services like those mentioned above.

“When we provide a quote, we base it off of our current hourly rate, and provide an estimated time to finish your project.”

How Long Does it Take Us to Build a Website?

This varies from person to person, and depends heavily on the needs of your project For example, a basic informational site with a few pages will cost significantly less than a custom web application. We’ve built basic informational sites in around 30 hours before, but at the same time we’ve had ongoing contracts that have cleared 400 hours. The best way to get a quote for your project is to get in touch with us.

You can get in touch with us by phone or email just about any time, so don’t hesitate to reach out about your project and we can let you know how we can help you achieve your online goals.

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