You need just a couple of things to begin: the URL (website name) and the hosting plan, like those offered by GoDaddy or Bluehost. If you don’t know how to do that, we can do it for you. Next, you’ll need a plan as to what you want on the website…what pages? What content? What images? What contact information? Who’s names? Things like these. You don’t need to know in complete detail every single thing you’ll be putting onto this website, but you need to have some content that drives customers to want to choose your products or services.
Just like buying a car, it depends upon what options you choose. A simple four page site could come in at less than $1000. If you’re looking for content creation, images that you don’t already know, template customization, color changes, appointment tools, and other functionality such as an eCommerce site, it goes up from there. Big city agencies charge on average of $12,000 for their most basic websites. Even the smallest of apparel companies will spend $15,000 for a basic eCommerce site plus about 20% of their sales per month in “site maintenance.” We are far, far less expensive. Our average site is well under $5,000.
Typically, our sites are built in 2-3 dweeks This assumes the customer has a pretty clear idea of what pages they want, what content they’ll use and what images they want. eCommerce sites take longer (sometimes, up to 4-5 weeks). The process can also take longer if you’re doing “rule by committee.” In such a process, customers might ask that multiple people within their company have say in the final design. This usually delays the process by weeks/months. Customers are strongly urged to be in agreement on every single design component before contacting us. If we build a site to a specification and a partner wants to change something that was previously agreed-upon, fees will apply…and they add up quickly.
We will send you a myriad of design samples to get an idea of what the finished site will look like. At this stage, if you have specific requests about images, colors, or fonts, this needs to be immediately identified. We can always tweak placement of elements, change images or adjust page layouts along the way, but we want to try to have the framework agreed upon prior to beginning work.
We’ll look at it, but it’s unlikely we’ll take on the project. The amount of hours spent going through hundreds of lines of code is not economically sensible. In nearly all cases, it is better to build from scratch using a robust content management system that takes the guesswork out of coding issues. Besides, if your website is 4 years old or older, there are so many new tools available and new design trends that it makes more sense to freshen the look.
Most of our websites use a content management system (CMS) that is very easy to use. We will show you how to add content, add products, change pricing, add images, author new articles, and make nearly any change you need to. Of course, we are always a phone call away, but our goal is to build your site, train you on how to use it, then step back and let you control your own destiny. eCommerce sites however, are far more complicated and special training is needed to manage these. We should discuss which option is right for you.
Our sites are built using a framework that allows you to add content. Whether you want to add new pages, news stories, new products or new functionality, our robust content management system allows you to add both content and functionality quickly and affordably.
Start by sending us an email to help us identify your needs. You can contact us here: CONTACT FORM
Have a plan ready for your content, images and page structure. From this, we will structure a plan and will be in a better position to quote you more accurately with respect to pricing and a timeline.
Once we receive your email, we’ll schedule a phone call to discuss your exact needs. You’ll want to have all of the decision-makers on that call and have your plan in-hand.
From this call, we’ll develop a plan and a timeline to build your website. A contract for services will be created, guaranteeing performance and completion of the project on-time, and on-budget.