The website design-and-build projects we usually undertake as a team range between £5,000 and £20,000 in price. If you’re working to a lower budget, take a look at the packages from Studio Matas.
Why does one website cost more than another?
An original website design might involve a team of people and an iterative process of planning, content gathering, photo selection, sketching, mockups in Photoshop, changes, sign-off, coding as webpages, another round of changes changes, testing on different browsers, testing on mobile devices, and more changes.
Or, you can chose a ready-made design from a gallery and have it installed quickly. It won’t be original or exclusive to you, but with additional customisation and your branding, we can make it unique to a degree. This approach would cost thousands of pounds less, but it would come with limitations we would discuss with you.
This is why one of our first questions to a new client is, “What kind of budget do you have?” That way we can focus on appropriate suggestions for you and not waste your time.
Do you have a clear message in mind for the new site? Is your text already written? If not, will it be delivered in one go having been edited and signed off first, or will you give us draft text, in batches, that may be subsequently revised? Do you have high quality, licensed, imagery that we can use, or do you need us to find and purchase images or send you a photographer?
Is your website simply a ‘brochure site’ with text and imagery, or will it actually do things? Can your visitors search directories of people or publications? How will that search facility work? Can profiles be download as PDFs, or bundled in a briefcase system? Will you have online registration forms to cut down paperwork in your office? Do you run events? How will they be displayed on the website – and can people book online? If so, what fields will be on the booking form?
With any functionality, the devil is in the detail, and so one of our first tasks on the project is to sit down with you and properly plan your functionality.
Do you have a clear brief, full of detail and locked down, or will you (most likely) come up with new ideas as the project progresses? How will decisions be taken at your end? How quickly can we expect responses to regular, detailed questions? Will we have one point of contact or several? Are you happy to use online project management tools? Video conferences or onsite meetings?
Are you looking for perfection or something that is ‘good enough’? For example: Internet Explorer 8 plays by different rules to other browsers, and it can take a lot of extra work to ensure your website displays well in that browser. In December 2014, only 1.3% of users still had IE8 installed (although it is often higher in the corporate world). Does that figure justify extra expense on IE8-specific testing, or should you abandon those users on the basis that they’ll have to upgrade before long?