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|
|RESPONSIVE DESIGN||$125. - $350.||$90.||$125.||$90.|
|DATABASE INTEGRATION||$150. +||$150. +||$150. +||$150. +|
$900. & up
$1500. & up
$1900. & up
$3500. & up
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!
- Stock Size: Always consider your size of stock. Are you selling thousands of different products in different sizes and colors? Maybe your business only carries a dozen specialty items, and online maintenance is not a daily activity.
- Digital or Physical: What is it that you plan to sell? Digital or physical goods? It makes all the difference when thinking about shipping costs and processing charges. Look for platforms that suit your product needs.
- Payment Method: If you've got issues with using PayPal (the most popular and easiest payment processor), you'll need to look into making other payment arrangements, as not all eCommerce platforms favor 3rd party payment processors.
eCommerce is a component for websites that will require a major effort in overall design and development to make it functional. The addition of eCommerce functionality requires extensive testing of shopping carts, payment options, and shipping systems, as well as the time spent setting up products and ensuring their individual pages display correctly to shoppers. eCommerce functionality expenses generally come from the amount of time it takes to ensure every component is working, the acquisition of a payment gateway, and any additional effort that may be required to integrate your store with shipping or tracking systems hosted elsewhere. While it may only require a single platform download, eCommerce inclusion can have a big effect on the cost of a website. Contact me and we can discuss your eCommerce needs, large or small, and how we can put together a custom package just for you!
Popular CMS Platforms
Best choice for beginners because of it's ease-of-use, it works especially well for small to medium sized websites, blogs and smaller e-commerce stores.
Somewhat difficult for the beginner, but also the most powerful. It requires a familiar understanding of HTML, CSS and PHP.
In Joomla, most everything is handled in modules. Modules are embedded applications you handle with Module Manager. Great for social networking websites, but requires a basic understanding of technical skills.
Magento is an open-source e-commerce platform written in PHP, and is considered to be the most robust framework. Magento is a popular opensource e-commerce software that one can use to fuel the growth of online stores and content shops offering downloadable content.