What do websites cost?
The cost to build a website can vary greatly, and while I hate to give you a typical consultant answer, "it depends." Truth is, it's all over the place. For example, a professionally developed, designed and customized website could easily cost $5,000, but you'll no doubt hear of someone that says they can do it for $500. Buyer beware. Just because they can use a computer doesn't make them a skilled web developer. You will get burned.
Today's websites are more complex then ever. They are being driven by powerful databases behind the scenes which feed data to highly complex files that dynamically serve each page on your site. All this takes special programming knowledge (not design skills) to effectively serve your data correctly so it can be easily managed by what is called a content management system (CMS).
Can you just give me a ballpark?
No. Please understand, I don't give ballpark pricing or rough estimates. If I asked you to build me a house, wouldn't you want to know how many bedrooms and bathrooms I wanted? What if I really wanted Italian tile in the kitchen instead of the linoleum you assumed? Or the roof...I might want the newer, more energy-efficient steel roofs, not the old-fashioned cheap fiberglass shingles. I think you get my point.
There are just too many variables and factors to consider before I can confidently give you a number. We need to sit-down and have a real conversation about your wants and needs. Some people call this the "discovery stage" or "requirements gathering" — and it's a very enlightening and educational process for both of us. It's a step that's crucial for me to author an accurate proposal and for us both to begin a healthy, open relationship.
How do you charge for your services?
The normal pricing model