The cost to build a website can vary quite dramatically, depending on the web designer that you choose. The cost is directly related to how many labor hours the web design company spends on building your website. This article lists typical web design costs, and offers recommendations to help you determine which budget is right for you.
First, it helps to understand where your money goes when building a new website. The most common tasks that a web designer performs are listed below.
With all the tasks a web designer needs to do, this leaves very little money to do any task well. Most likely you will get a website based on a template with a pre-built graphical design, rather than a custom graphical design. Your site may be limited in features. And you may have to add much of the content yourself.
At this price level, the budget is more realistic which allows the web designer to devote more time to each task. You will be able to get a custom graphical design for this price, as well as a decent set of features. However, the design time is limited, so expect some limitations. You may also have to add the content on your own.
This is often the sweet spot if you are looking to design a website for a small to mid sized business. The budget levels are adequate for all the major web design tasks. So, you should be able to get a very good graphical design, plenty of features, and all the content added by the web developer for you.
A higher price range may be needed for websites that require more technical features, or that have a large amount of content. Examples include websites that need a backend database, advanced security, custom programming, social communities, or other high tech features.
At this level, you are probably dealing with a high profile firm or marketing agency, which charge a premium for their services. You do get abundant resources and personnel, which may translate into a good website. But you also pay for the reputation, and all the extra management and overhead that comes along with it.