If you have taken the time to read through the entire set of articles, you should have grasped an idea of what is involved. Many people through no fault of their own, they are not experts have no idea. A website is not there and then it is there. That is the extent of their understanding.
What we do at iBrutes is try to work with our clients and educate so that our clients gain a better understanding. This helps in many ways;
1. Better understand the process
2. Gain confidence in what is happening
3. Understand their role in the process
4. Realise it is an ongoing process
5. are under no illusions
6. can see where their money is being invested
7. need to be careful when selecting a web designer
So, how much does a website cost?
There is no definitive answer is the answer. It is like saying “How much does a car cost?”. There are so many different makes and models out there a dealer would look at you in confusion. What type of car do you need? Do you want a sports car, family wagon, saloon, run around, city car, 4×4?
When we all start driving, we generally, unless the Bank of “Mum and Dad” opens it’s doors, afford a cheap run around (banger) that is ultimately expendable. That is not to say that we are not proud of it. Of course we are and we think that it is the coolest thing EVER. We show all our mates, put fancy tyres on it and turn up the decibels.
Later on in life when we can eventually afford a more luxurious car that does not keep breaking down on the side of the M50, we realise we do not need to keep spending money trying to fix it, it goes much faster and the ride is far smoother.
The general advice is spend on your budget particularly if you are a small startup (remember the new car analogy). But in general, an indication of what you would be expected to pay for one of the more luxurious models would be;
Small Businesses Site
(5 pages, graphics, photos, video, text all provided by client, incl hosting and domain using template or web builder(custom design)
1: Small site(No SEO) – €400 – €600
2: Small site(Basic SEO) – €700 – €1,000
3: Small site(SEO – 2hours per month) – €1,200 – €1,600
Medium Business site
(20 pages, graphics, photos, video, text all provided by client, incl hosting and domain using template or web builder(custom design)
1. Medium site(No SEO) – €700 – €1,100
2. Medium site(Basic SEO) – €1,200 – €1,500
3. Medium site(SEO – 2hours per month)€1,700 – €2,000
Large Business site
(30+ pages, graphics, photos, video, text all provided by client, incl hosting and domain using template or web builder(custom design)
1. Large site(No SEO) – €1,200 – €1,600
2. Large site(Basic SEO) – €1,700 – €2,000
3. Large site(SEO – 2hours per month)€2,100 – €2,400
* These figures are indicative
Remember from the DIY article we wrote, you can do this yourself: if you have the time and patience. Having read this article you should be more aware of the challenges that you would be faced with. Spending €20 per month into perpetuity is a short term risk avoidance measure: you can cancel if it goes pear-shaped. If you end up doing a good job, then it should not matter, right? Well, over a ten year period, look at the differences;
Small Business Site with Basic SEO(These builders will not do the FULL SEO required)
Do it yourself:
€18 per month for 120 months plus domain (€10 per year)= €2,260
Your time: Months learning “How To” = Lost time. Think of the opportunity lost.
Total – €2,260
Web Design – €1,000 (once-off)
Domain (.com) – €10 per annum = €100
Hosting – €60 per annum = €600
Total Cost – €1,700 over 10 years
Now which sounds the better deal?
Are you going to take the risk into your own hands for the reason of cost alone? The figure above suggests in the long term it is more cost-effective to employ a professional. The business owner does not have to spend days or weeks themselves building anything either, surely better spent on other business matters, family or friends.
We hope that this series of articles will shed more light on the matter of web development. We want to make it more transparent and in as plain a language possible. We know more than any that a lot of people just don’t understand what is involved. That they lack sufficient knowledge knowing no more than that they need a website. From this article, it is our aim to let the business owner know what questions to ask, know what is involved, what is needed and most importantly be able to make a more educated choice when deciding: Who is going to do it, are they going to do it right and at what is going to be the cost of it in the long term?