The total cost of your website depends on your needs. So before giving a price, I sit down with my clients, face-to-face if possible, and discuss their desires and needs, so I can come up with an accurate quote.
Some of the things we’ll discuss at this initial meeting:
- Who are you? What does your business do? Who is your target audience?
- Will you be selling products online? What kind of products, and how many?
- Do you already have hosting and a domain name?
- Do you have a pre-existing website?
- What is your timeline?
- Do you have your content already prepared? What kind of content will you be sharing?
- Will you need 3rd-party integration (such as UPS or Fedex for shipping, credit card processors, etc.)?
Once I know more about your project, I can come to a more accurate conclusion on what your website will need and, more importantly, what it will cost for you.
It’s important to note – my fees do not cover expenses such as hosting, domain names, SSL certificates, stock photography, or third-party plugins or themes. Those costs are your responsibility. I’m more than happy to guide you in these purchases, and will include setup in my estimates, but I will not purchase these items on your behalf unless a previous agreement has been reached. When we meet, you can request two quotes: one for just my services, and one that is an estimate of the entire website project, with these costs included.
That being said, I do have a few rough guidelines for you:
- Basic Websites & Blogs will always start at $750. From there, the price will increase based on the content you’re presenting, the features you need, and the level of customization needed.
- e-Commerce Websites will always start at $1,500. The price increases based on the number of products you’re selling, at $1,000 per 100 products. The level of complexity of your pricing schemes, and products, also plays a part in the quote.
- WordPress Training, Graphic Design, Photo Manipulation, and Consulting are billed hourly at $35/hour. There’s a 1 hour minimum charge – after which I round all hours to the nearest quarter hour. You can find out more about my hourly billing here.