How Much Will My Website Cost?


POSTED ON THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010 AT 11:05 AM

Welcome! It's been a long time coming but we finally found the time to start blogging. We hope you enjoy this project as our intention is to make it as interesting and informative as possible. Let's get to the heart of the matter in our first post. Every day at MW Web Design, we get at least one phone call and at least one e-mail message from someone inquiring about a new website which will usually go something like this:

"We need a new website. Can you give us a ballpark price on what it would cost?"

Think about this for a moment and take the focus away from web design. Think about renovating your kitchen. Let's say we want to strip out all of our old cabinets in favor of new ones, install new counter tops, install new appliances, re-do the flooring and lighting and so on and so forth. So we drive down to our local kitchen renovation company, walk in their door and ask the manager:

"We're thinking about renovating our kitchen. Can you give us a ballpark price on what it would cost?"

Okay. So here's the problem. How can the kitchen renovation company give you a ballpark price without knowing exactly what you need first? How big is your kitchen? What kind of cabinets do you want? What type of counter tops do you want? Do you want stainless steel appliances? What type of flooring do you want? There are dozens of questions they need to ask you before they can possibly provide you with a price.

Here's another type of e-mail message we often receive from those inquiring about designing a new website for their business (a very similar message to this one arrived just a few days ago):

"We would like to get a quote on one of your web design packages. Our website would need about twelve pages and we would provide all the information to add to the website. Please let us know what your price range is and how long it would take for completion."

Alright. We tell our local kitchen renovation company that we need new kitchen cabinets installed and we'd like to get a quote on a kitchen renovation package. We need twelve new cabinets. We'll provide all the dishes and everything else which goes inside of the cabinets. With only this little bit of information we're giving to you, what will it cost and how long will it take to complete the job?

Again, here's the problem — what are the dimensions of your kitchen? What type of kitchen layout do you currently have? What type of cabinets do you want? What finish will they be? What size will they be? The company will definitely need to discuss your needs in a little more detail. They'll have to come out and take a look at your kitchen in order to see what will fit and what won't fit. And all of this will need to be done in a way which will hopefully suit your budget.

So let's get back to web design. It works the exact same way. How many pages do you want? What type of graphics do you want? What colors do you want to use? Do you have a company logo or do you need some custom logo design work done? Do you need a photo gallery? Are you selling products on your website? The list goes on. We need to ask you a number of questions first before we can give you a price.

We've done our best to simplify things for you by taking the information from the design process section of our previous website and condensing it into a downloadable PDF file. If you're looking for a new website, jotting down some answers and making some comments while reading this file will really help us to identify exactly what your needs are. And then, we can give you a real price. Not a ballpark price. Ballpark pricing is never accurate and since we pay so much attention to detail at at MW Web Design, our goal is to be open, up front and honest with our clients when quoting on a project.

By all means, please feel free to contact us about a new website. It's always best if you can provide us with your phone number so that we can call you back and discuss your needs in detail. As you can see above, there are many questions we will need to ask you in order to provide you with an accurate quote.

Download website planning worksheet and questionnaire (requires Adobe Reader 9 or later).

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