How Much Do Websites Usually Cost?
The price of designing a website can vary quite a bit. There are major corporations that spend hundreds of thousands, and even millions to design a site. On the other hand you can outsource a design company and pay only a couple thousand or even less. For the most part you do get what you pay for. Also consider how much you want from your site. If you are looking for something complex but designed in a way that it will be easy for users, you may be paying a bit more. A lot of custom content, graphics etc. will run up a tab as well. If you just want something simple and to the point and is only a few pages than you may not have to spend too much.
Designers really like to charge hourly. Try to get invoice detailing the time spent on different elements. Prices can range from $8/ hour if you hire an overseas company, up to $500 and more per hour for a single consultant. Regardless how simple a site you need, you really want to avoid the $8/hour design. Perhaps there is a diamond in the rough but from everything we’ve seen what you will get is a lot of broken English, graphics problems, confusing navigation and other problems. One trick these companies like to use is to show you a site they did not create, or charged much more for during the bidding process. Other than avoiding the very low end overseas firms, make sure you calculate a budget and look at previous work.
This is the simplest way to hire a designer if you have a specific total budget in mind. Make sure you have a clear understanding of everything included, and everything you will need, in order to avoid surprises.
A lot of companies are moving toward package rates in order to attract a wider range of businesses looking for sites. Carefully review everything included in a package to make sure you are getting all you need. Often companies will customize a package as well if there is more you want or if you don’t feel you need a specific element of the package.
Many will charge a per-page rate, and the cost may vary according to what is needed on each page. For example your contact page should be less expensive than your homepage. Make sure you have an estimate for the full project before beginning. This is great if you only need a specific page on your site as well.
The most important things to keep in mind as you are pricing your web design is: 1. being sure you are getting and effective, attractive and easy to use site, and 2. making sure you stay within your budget. Here is a rough, mean average of what you might pay for the average website total:
Outsourced from a non-English country: $500 to $15,000
A Trained English Speaking Designer: $3,000 to $20,000
An English-Speaking Design Firm: $5,000 to $50,000
Again though, this will vary by project.