Discussing web design budgets with clients can sometimes be a difficult issue. Its the old ‘how long is a piece of string’ nature of costing a website vs. clients either being unaware of what a website is likely to cost or simply being unwilling to disclose their budget, often in fear that we will somehow make the project fit the budget.
The simple fact is, a website for the same company can vary wildly in price based on a number of factors, such as:
- Choice of Content Management System used to build the website – open-source vs. a commercial system
- Add-ons & extensions required to achieve certain functionality – some are free, some are commercial
- The amount and nature of the website’s content – there’s a wild difference between a simple 5 ‘page’ brochure site and a large business website with hundreds or perhaps thousands of articles, products or items of information
- Features & functions – video, slideshows, galleries, image enlargement, specialised forms, specific category arrangements, content-sliders, tabbed-content, the list goes on and on.
- Non-core items such as training, analytics, domain name registration & hosting
If we are aware of your budget, we can realistically propose the best solution for your money.
Propeller produce websites big and small – just take a look through our portfolio. Talking to our clients you would find that more often than not we have suggested ways to do things more efficiently for them or discussed whether or not some of those features they thought were a’must-have’ were likely to add to the overall experience or not.
Ultimately we want your ongoing business and will do our best to accommodate and advise you accordingly. The first step on this ladder of course is you having faith in us to do the right thing and being open and honest about what you would like to pay.
Mike Monteiro of Mule Design Studio relates a childhood experience and provides a great analogy in his discussion on budget in; Why I Need to Know Your budget