Typical Design Costs ?
does it cost to design a great web site?
Perhaps, the most
asked question of a web site designer.. And perhaps the
easiest to respond to .... "Depends"
So what it ''depends" upon is how much time it takes to
allocate for each of the design phases.
1. Interviewing the client to determine the objective(s) of the site, how
much web site content information will be client
generated and how the site will maintain sustainability.
2. Doing competitive research so that the site will be better than
3. Preparing a draft proposal of the number of pages, images, the navigation
system, colour scheme, slide shows, forms,
original writing and determining how much time it will take.
3. Preparing a draft template design.
4. Interacting with the client to get approval of the design.
5. Preparing all the pages to fit the template design.
6. Getting approval from the client for the draft site.
7. Uploading the site on a global server.
8. Putting in the tracking code and completing the order and other forms.
9. Testing the site on the server.
10. Adding links from other client sites to the client's links pages.
11. Adding links on other client sites linking to the new client's site.
12. Sending out a newsletter announcing the new site.
13. Tracking the performance of the site.
14. Making small adjustments to the pages and the navigation as required.
Policy - Template Home Page Design
Most times, after an initial interview with a client, I can determine how
many hours it will take to perform the above and to prepare a proposal for a
Once the number of hours is estimated, then I multiply these hours by my
current hourly design rate.
I charge a flat
rate for a contract based on my estimated time and hourly wage.
I provide a template draft design for the front page (home page) , which the
client can change at their
liberty and suggest changes
I provide a template second draft based on their comments to the first
I send them the second draft which they can request changes via e-Mail on up
to 10% of content.
I provide them a final template design and changes requested are then billed
at the hourly rate.
If I have underestimated the total time. I charge actual time spent.
Needless to say, this is rare.
If a contract did prove to go a whole lot faster than estimated, some/all of
the changes to the "final" might
come from the contract price I bid at, and would show up in the invoicing to
If after the final changes are made, and their is a need for updating the
web site, I charge
an hourly wage based upon the exact time that is spent. There is no charge
work done that takes less than 2 minutes and there is no minimum charge.
I then inform the potential client of this cost. If they agree with the
proposal and the terms, then I ask for 50 % of the estimated price prior to
starting to design the site. The remaining 50 % is due when the site is
uploaded to the permanent server at which time the site copyright becomes
the property of the client.
If the initial template design has been accepted by a client and work begins
on the rest of the site and the client changes their mind by adding more
page or a complete colour change... then there are additional charges.
If there are
adjustments to the site after it is completed that take less than 2 minutes,
there is no charge,
To acquire success in getting a great site that meets the objectives of the
client requires sound communication between the client and the designer
Do you want a responsible web site
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