We Couldn’t Find Any Price, How About You?
Determining how much a web site should cost is one of the most frequently asked but rarely answered questions in the web design world. Even now, with millions of websites online, there exists no magic formula for calculating either the cost of a new web site or the cost of a redesign.
Like other goods and services, the costs associated with designing, developing and building a web site have changed over time. A website’s value is drastically different in 2015 than it was even a couple of years ago.
Why Has Website Cost Fluctuated So Much?
Responsive design is now a necessity for web design. Responsive design means that a website is designed for functionality on desktops, tablets and mobile devices. With 232 possible screen sizes in 2015, it isn’t difficult to understand why responsive design has driven the high end of website cost upwards.
The necessity of having a website with responsive design is one reason for the widening gap between the highest and lowest possible costs for a website. Remember: your Doodle Website is using responsive design.
Although responsive design has driven the high end of website pricing up about 20%, it is definitely not something that websites can afford to skimp on. Websites priced at the higher end of the cost scale due to responsive design needs may spend more money, but they are also able to adjust their website design and functionality to provide better visitor experiences on tablets and mobile devices.
This ensures that their visitors experience their website smoothly and efficiently, increasing their potential for reoccurring customers.
Websites in the $2,200 range rarely include responsive website design elements, and so they are generally less expensive. However, tablet and mobile visitors do not receive a device-specific web visitor experience and so are less likely to return to these websites.
Second, modern tools have made it easier for Web designers to create great looking websites. Advancements in web design tools have contributed to the inexpensiveness of the lower end of website cost. Many free web design tools have been created and made available to the public, giving websites access to design tools that they likely would have had to purchase only a few years ago. This allows almost anyone to create a website or design graphics for free or at very little cost.
However, it does pay to spend the money to have a professional company create or redesign your website. While free tools can be useful, you are more likely to get a better, more reliable website if you pay to hire a professional web design company. Websites built on free tools often lack a unique identity because free templates usually only allow a certain extent of customization. Websites using those tools may have no brand identity or may have trouble attracting traffic. Cheaper isn’t always better!
But what is a reasonable cost for what your site needs?
It’s difficult for business owners to get a good estimate for the cost of a website, especially considering how few web design agencies publish their pricing online.
Fortunately, we’ve put together this document to help you better understand not only what a website will cost to design and build, but also maintain. Keep reading for some basic estimates for the cost of a few different types of websites, as well as some prices for common services like website hosting, SEO, redesigns, and more.
So now, you can ask yourself, do we offer a good deal?
We think we do, but feel free to check around. With no large upfront fees, no long term commitment, or ongoing fees rather than the monthly fees, we don’t think you will find a a better deal. We offer built-in responsive design, a professional looking attractive website design that hosted on extremely fast SSD servers (Solid State Drives), and great support. All of that on a low monthly subscription cost, rather than a huge lump sum for design, and then the monthly cost for hosting. We think it makes sense, don’t you?