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How much does a website cost?

How much does a website cost?

This is the question everyone wants to know but are sometimes afraid to ask; or tell, depending on which side of the table you are on.

Determining the cost of a website involves several factors:

  1. The purpose of the website: On-line Brochure, E-Commerce, Gallery
  2. The needs of the company: CMS which allows you to make some of your own changes and additions or custom coding which requires a designer to make all the changes
  3. The clients budget

There are other factors and considerations that can affect the cost of a website.

Does the client require:

  • Photography services?
  • Image editing and resizing?
  • Image sliders and carousels?
  • Content writing?
  • SEO?
  • Custom designed top and side banners?
  • Social media integration?
  • Event calendar?
  • Google analytics?

All of these features will add into the total cost of your website. And depending upon the designer or developer these add-ons can have a significant impact on your final cost.  I want to take some time here to point out the difference between a web designer and a web developerA web designer creates a website for you with the overall design and aesthetics of the site being the most important aspect of the project. A web developer creates a website for you with the purpose of ensuring the best functionality and technical stability.  The designer will often use a CMS to create the website. While a developer will often create a site with custom code.  However, some designers are also capable of writing code and some developers are also capable of creating custom graphical elements for the website.  A good designer or developer will be clear about their skills and capabilities to you upfront and will bring in someone to complete parts of the project that they are not expert in;  if you, the client require this. Again, this will add to your cost.

Who should create my website?

Who you decide to hire will depend on who you feel most comfortable with, regardless of whether they are a designer or a developer.  Choose a website designer/developer that you feel you can work with and who understands you, your company and your needs. A word of caution: much of the work I do on websites is the result of businesses needing a new website because the one their neighbour, cousin, friend, employee, co-worker created for them isn’t working the way they want it to.  It’s the old adage: you get what you pay for. It might seem great at first to have cousin Joe design your company website; but when Joe isn’t listening to your ideas and your website takes 6 months to complete, consider the true cost.

  • Always hire a professional
  • Always be sure you have a contract with that professional
  • Always chose a professional that you are comfortable working with

They should be able to communicate clearly and you should be willing to make your website project a priority. This ensures the project is completed effectively and within the time originally allotted in the contract.

What does CAH Productions do differently?

Our pricing includes what some consider add-ons; check out our company features and benefits. Photography, SEO, content writing, image editing, custom designed banners, social media integration and more are all included in our website design packages.  What’s more, when you contract CAH Productions to design your website your site will be live and searchable within 24 hours of your approval of the homepage design.  We build our sites live.  Want to know more?

Contact us now: cah@cahproductions.com

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