Are you researching website agencies to build a website for your business in 2021, or maybe next year in 2022? You might be wondering what the cost will be to build, maintain and market your new business website. Before reaching out to a web agency for a proposal, it is important to have a basic understanding of the products and services you require in order to get an accurate quote. This will save you time and money throughout all phases of your project, and have the added bonus of helping you filter out ridiculously cheap and overly expensive quotes.
WebCitz frequently works on development projects that range from $5,000 to $150,000, which puts our team in a unique position of being able to offer guidance on how to request and review website development proposals.
There are many factors that go into pricing a website, but the most important typically revolve around page content, design requirements, and custom functionality. WebCitz works on projects between $5,000 and $150,000, within WordPress and Laravel.
WebCitz offers custom website designs starting at $5,000. At this price point, we are afforded 50 hours to work on your project which includes mocking up a design, integrating the design into a custom theme, building out 5-10 web pages, setting up a contact form, creating 301 redirects, training you on simple edits, and launching your website. For projects with in-depth design, scores of additional pages, or custom functionality, the quote may come in around $10,000 to $25,000, or more.
WebCitz has a large, onsite team of frontend and backend developers that can build anything you require. That said, custom development can be expensive due to the amount of time required to prototype, build, test, and secure a custom application. To date, the largest project we have developed required around 1,600 hours.
WebCitz charges around $100/hour to develop informative or interactive media. The inclusion of multimedia in your website can help engage visitors while showing the utility of a complicated concept, product, or service. The time required to plan, design, develop, test and launch each piece of multimedia depends on numerous factors, but typically costs around $800-$5,000 each.
Informative media includes animations, infographics, videos and other digital assets that depict a concept, product or service. Interactive media attempts the same feat, but requires visitor participation to help get the idea across. This may include complex product models, customer surveys, point-and-click tools, and more.
There are many factors that go into pricing an ecommerce website, but the most important typically revolve around product data and custom functionality. WebCitz works on ecommerce projects that range between $7,500 and $150,000, within platforms such as Shopify, BigCommerce, Laravel and WooCommerce.
WebCitz offers custom ecommerce development starting at $7,500. At this price point, we are afforded 75 hours to work on your project which includes mocking up a design, integrating the design into the shopping cart, building out 5-10 web pages, importing your readied product data, setting up a contact form, creating 301 redirects, training you on order fulfillment, and launching your website. For projects with in-depth design, scores of additional pages, complex product data, complicated data migrations, or custom functionality, the quote may come in around $10,000 to $50,000, or more.
WebCitz has a large, onsite team of frontend and backend developers that can build anything you require. That said, custom ecommerce development can be expensive due to the amount of time required to prototype, build, test, and secure a custom application. To date, the largest project we have developed required around 1,600 hours.
If your desired .com domain name isn’t already registered, expect to pay around $15/year to register it to your business. If your desired .com domain name is registered by another company, who is willing to sell it to you, expect to pay a much higher upfront cost to purchase it from that company and then $15/year to renew it.
A domain name is a unique, easy-to-remember address used to access websites, such as ‘google.com’, and ‘webcitz.com’. There are hundreds of domain name extensions, such as .com, .net, .org. There are some domain name extensions that cost nominally more per year to own.
If you are looking to buy a domain name, try to select one that is short, easy to pronounce, easy to spell, doesn’t contain numbers or hyphens, and ends in .com.
If your hosting provider supports Let’s Encrypt, the cost for an SSL Certificate should be $0.00/year. If your hosting provider doesn’t support Let’s Encrypt, or you want to use a different SSL provider, expect to pay around $95/year. All 256-bit SSL Certificates provide the same level of encryption, regardless of the cost. Typically, the only reason to pay a higher price for an SSL Certificate is to obtain a warranty from the vendor against defect, or to receive a recognizable digital seal for advertising.
An SSL Certificate is a digital certificate that authenticates the identity of a website and secures connections from a web server to a client browser. When a certificate is successfully installed on your server, the application protocol (also known as HTTP) will change to HTTPS, where the ‘S’ stands for secure.
All websites should be served through the HTTPS application protocol, regardless of the website’s purpose.
There are many types of web hosting, including shared, VPS, cloud and dedicated options. The most common is shared web hosting because it is the lowest cost. If your website is built on a SaaS service, such as Shopify or BigCommerce, you won’t need to worry about web hosting unless you are building private apps.
Most shared web hosting services that are truthfully geared toward providing performance, security and support will cost between $25-$50/month. There are web hosting providers that advertise web hosting as low as $1.99/month, but they typically lack performance and technical support, which will result in lost conversions and wasted developer resources.
Most VPS providers charge between $50-$200/month. Most cloud hosting providers charge based on hourly usage, which can equate to $50-$1000+/month. The cost typically depends on the quality and quantity of server hardware in your plan, as well as any software subscriptions. Additionally, plan to spend another $100/month to hire a server management company to secure and support your operating system and server software.
Most dedicated servers cost between $300-$1500/month, depending on the chosen hardware and software. Additionally, plan to spend another $100/month to hire a server management company to secure and support your dedicated server.
Most website development agencies place a high value on their reputation, which should have a direct impact on factors such as communication, availability, professionalism and security. Additionally, most agencies are staffed with large onsite teams of designers, developers, programmers and marketers who work together to solve complicated issues, resulting in less billable time on your account compared to a freelancer who has to learn every technology. When working with a reputable agency, you shouldn’t experience endless games of phone tag, long delays for simple updates, or being “ghosted” for weeks. The higher hourly rate charged by an agency, in comparison to a freelancer, should result in improved quality of work and less risk from interruption in service or gaps in knowledge.