Design and Development Process

How Much Does a Website Cost?

Asked all the time but never easy to answer. Why? Because every project is different for many reasons. Needs, budget, resources, time, etc.

There are many questions to be answered in order to define the details of each step in the process and to come up with a cost for a creating your website. The good news is that each step offers a good deal of flexibility to meet your particular needs.

Having an understanding of what goes into designing and developing a website will help you better understand the cost of website design and development. My process for building a website involves a number of clearly defined steps.

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Discovery

Discovery involves an interview with you where a series of questions related to the project are asked. The “scope of the project” is defined through this detailed needs analysis. Targeted at finding out what you need for a website, other important issues are addressed at this point as well such as: do you have a logo, do you have social media in place, will you be writing your own copy, has any SEO work been done for your business? I will present you with a proposal/contract which details the scope of the project and the responsibilities of both the designer (me) and you through the course of the project. On signing of the contract you will submit a deposit, typically 50% of the proposed cost of the project.

Planning

This step is the process of arriving at a proposed solution for both the creative and technical requirements for a site. It also may involve some degree of research into your competition and industry market for a more in-depth strategic solutions.

Interface Design

Design concepts will be explored and developed, taking into account the desired look/feel of the site. Things like brand, color scheme, layout, and menu structure, imagery and graphics will be used to create design concepts, mockups of what the web pages will look like. The time spent on this step will vary depending on your requirements, timing and of course budget. You may be presented with one to several design concepts as well as in some cases additional rounds of creative design depending on the agreed project requirements. Once the design is decided you will sign off on the final design.

Integration

Integration is the actual building of your website in a test environment. WordPress is installed and the database is created and configured on a test server. The accepted designs are created in WordPress along with all required functionality.

Testing

The entire site is tested for functionality as well as successful appearance on a variety of browsers and operating systems. Mobile devices will also be tested for successful viewing of the website if it is part of your proposal. You will also be given a link to the test website and asked to provide feedback. Testing and fine tuning will take place until you are satisfied and sign off on the test site.

Launch/Maintain

Installation of the test site onto your server will take place usually within half a day depending on the server configuration. Training will be provided as documentation or as one on one sessions depending on the project. Maintenance will discussed for both routine updates to the site and for security maintenance for WordPress. You can read more about my WordPress Maintenance Plan here.

As you can see, there are many questions to be answered in order to define the details of each step in the process and to come up with a cost for a creating your website. The good news is that each step offers a good deal of flexibility to meet your particular needs.

Websites start at $2500.