To give an accurate web design quote, a good web design company will need to ask you a whole bunch of questions, which can be pretty time-consuming.
If you're in the early stages of planning a new website, chances are good that you don't really need a full quote at this point – a quick overview of the various types of websites and their 'ballpark' costs may be all you really need to start sorting out what your options could look like.
Once you have decided which 'type' of a website you need, then you can move on to getting a specific quote without having to answer all those questions up front.
That's why we've created the following guide to web design costs that you can expect to pay if you're in the Northwest Arkansas region – and where Doc4 Design fits into that picture.
No matter what kind of website you get, there are two things you'll have to have: a 'domain name' and 'website hosting'. For most every website situation, you're looking at roughly $5 per month up to a whopping $15 per month for these items. In certain special cases, you could be paying much more for hosting, but for the vast majority of websites, this is a pretty safe bet.
This would include things like GoDaddy's 'Website Builder', Weebly, or our favorite of the bunch, SquareSpace. This route is a great one to take if you just need a standard, run-of-the-mill website with no bells and whistles, and where a unique design isn't important. These website builders allow you to pick a 'template', make some limited modifications to that template, and then add your own content.
They can be a little unwieldy and unpredictable at times, and they tend to have a low-quality look and feel – but for the price, they're hard to beat!
Probably the biggest drawback with this kind of site is simply time: you won't find many professionals that will do these types of site, so you're essentially on your own with these.
While we don't build these types of sites, we're happy to answer questions about them. Contact us to find out which DIY Website Builder is right for you, or the most common problems and pitfalls to avoid, or just to get some helpful tips.
We used to call this option the 'platform-based' option, however, one platform has become the industry standard: WordPress.
The initial cost for a WordPress website can be quite affordable. For a new business, this factor alone can make WordPress the go-to solution.
However, keep in mind that a WordPress site is only as good the support that comes with it, and with the average monthly fee hovering around $250/month, a $5,000 WordPress website will actually cost you $14,000 over just three years!
WordPress has several attractive features, as well as some huge drawbacks. We've worked with WordPress since its inception, meaning no one is more experienced with WordPress than we are. And we've written extensively about WordPress' pros and cons over the years – check out our WordPress page for all the details.
We build WordPress sites when it is the right fit for the customer – as opposed to forcing WordPress on people because it's the only web design solution we understand. While we tend to charge on the higher end of the spectrum, we aim for little-to-no ongoing costs. This means that when you add up the costs over the course of 2-3 years, we are about as affordable as you can get.
Before you pull the trigger on a new WordPress site, contact us to find out if WordPress is right for you.
Organizations tend to choose this option for one or more of the following reasons:
This 'custom' option solves for all of the above issues. For one thing, there is no ongoing maintenance or costs associated with it: once finished, the website will continue working indefinitely (so long as you pay your hosting and domain fees).
Furthermore, since the site is custom built for your needs, the editing process can be fine tuned to make it so easy your grandma could edit copy, create pages, or add images without any help from a developer.
It also allows you to get an absolutely customized and unique design – no shoehorning your brand's identity into a template that's being used by thousands of other companies.
This is the most common type of website we build. For highly customized design and/or special custom functionality, we tend to fall in the higher end of this spectrum, generally in the $12,000 - $15,000 range. But with some smart compromises, we are usually able to get this number down to the lower end of the spectrum.
For this kind of money, you are generally looking at a unique website, or more frequently, a web application of some kind – something more akin to web-based software than a traditional website. This also applies to highly custom or unique e-commerce websites.
There really is no way to 'ballpark' a website like this – we've built super unique sites for as little as $15,000 while others have approached and even exceeded six figures. If you think this is where your project will fall on the price spectrum, there's just no way around it: you're going to need to sit down with someone and let them drill you for info.
While a highly custom e-commerce website can be very expensive, those needing a relatively 'standard' e-commerce website are in luck. Over the last few years, several platforms have come a long way in terms of making e-commerce affordable.
The two big players are BigCommerce and Shopify. Personally, we favor Shopify but BigCommerce is catching up fast. You may need some help with the setup, but once you are up and running, they are very easy to maintain.
We can set up a Shopify website for as little as $1,000. Let us know if you want us to help you decide if your e-commerce site could work with one of these platforms.
For a customized e-commerce site – one that can't be pulled off on platforms like Shopify – you'll likely be in the '$15,000 and up' range.
All of these prices are very rough ballpark guesses, and every website is different – you can't really know how much a site costs until you've given someone all the details they need for an accurate quote. When you get to that stage, give us a shout and let's see what we can do for you.