HTML (Hyper-text Mark-up Language)

is a globally accepted programming language for formatting web pages. It is commonly used along with JavaScript and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to give web pages the look and feel that is aestheticly pleasing. In the fast-changing era of website development,the good old HTML-based website might seems like a thing of the past, but it's not. Of all the web programming languages, HTML is the most search engine friendly. Creating SEO compliant websites using HTML is significantly easier than any other programming language. Aesthetically, an HTML website has the design flexibility to look exactly how you want it to. Right down to the smallest details. And on the smallest screens too. Responsive design is definitely not something that websites can afford to skimp on. Device responsive websites are able to adjust design and functionality to provide better visitor experiences on tablets and mobile devices. This ensures that visitors experience your website smoothly and efficiently, increasing their potential for repeat customers. You NEED to have a credible web presence that reflects your business and gives you a platform to compete with more established competitors. Contact me today and we can explore the advantages of using HTML when conceptualizing your website and the relationship between HTML and CMS platforms.

CMS (Content Management System)

is a web-based application that will allow you or your employees to edit information on your website without having to edit any of the code or mess with any of the files you already have in place. A CMS makes it extremely easy for you to adjust the little things here and there just in case you need to add something later or if you want full control of what is shown on your website. These websites are built with the idea that you will have a significant number of changes, additions or updates to be made to your site. Instead of being charged hourly rates to make such changes, a CMS system enables you to do a majority of the basic additions without prior coding or web designing knowledge. These websites are created with both functionality and design in mind, giving you the ability to manage and update all content, images, and text contained within the pages of your site (infinite number of pages possible). But there are trade-offs with content control. Most CMS systems are bloated to cover every possible functionality (whether needed or not) and will need to be maintained.

With millions of websites online, there exists no magic formula for calculating either the cost of a new website or the cost of a redesign. When it comes to determining website cost, it comes down to the fact that you get what you pay for. A cheaper website will have less content and fewer features, while a more expensive site will have lots of additional design features and functionalities. Your overall website costs, and adding interactive elements that can include multimedia, completely depends on what you want. Responsive design is now a necessity for web design. Responsive design means that a website functions on desktops, tablets, and mobile devices. With 232 possible screen sizes in 2018, it isn't difficult to understand why responsive design has driven the high end of website cost upwards. A website can cost anywhere from $900 to $25,000 so it can really be a challenge to nail down a specific professional website cost. When it comes to web page cost, cheaper isn't always better.

But what is a reasonable cost for what your website needs? The following chart has some of the main elements of the creation process that you can use to ballpark prices for a website you want to create. To get a free no-obligation quote or proposal, please contact me.

Website Standard HTML CMS Template Custom CMS eCommerce
DOMAIN $15. yearly $15. yearly $15. yearly $15. yearly
HOSTING $90. yearly $90. yearly $90. yearly $149. yearly
SSL Certificate $150. - $650. yearly $150. - $650. yearly $150. - $650. yearly $150. - $650. yearly
THEME $800. - $1500. $900. - $3000. $1800. - $15,000. $3100. - $4000.
PLUG-INS $15. - $40. each $15. - $250. each $15. - $250. each $15. - $250. each
SEO $150. $150. $150. $150.
RESPONSIVE DESIGN $125. - $350. $90. $125. $90.
DATABASE INTEGRATION $150. + $150. + $150. + $150. +
TOTAL Estimate:
$900. & up
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$1500. & up
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$1900. & up
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$3500. & up
What information is needed from me?

So you're ready to start the process of designing a beautiful new website for your business – awesome! What now? Well, in order to personalize a website just for you, I'm going to need a lot of information before I start to design and build your website. Having a lot of this information ready ahead of time can make your project move along quicker, as well as prevent many headaches for us both.
Here is a short list of information that I ask my clients for at the beginning of every project. Providing this information ahead of time not only helps me to include real information in your mockups, but it also expedites the entire design and development process so you can have your website completed much faster!

Information List