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This is something that is asked by companies right across the UK as many do not understand how much websites cost and how they are costed.
Firstly, there are different sorts of websites so depending on what sort of website you are looking for, web design prices will vary.
- Template Websites
Template websites (basic website design) are your economy website, a 1-5 page website that can be quickly set up. These sites are great for small companies or individuals that are looking for an on-line presence. Perhaps a freelance hairdresser or musician that is looking to have a couple of pages about themselves and contact information. Web design prices for template websites can be set up for under £500 or can be created using DIY software that can be accessed on-line (see www.doyourownsite.co.uk as an example).
- Brochure Websites
Brochure sites would be the next level up from template websites; still economical they are slightly larger and have a few more features available (like multimedia etc.). Still designed for smaller companies or individuals they would be set up by a designer (rather than DIY) to give a more professional crisp web presence. Brochure sites are also designed to be a simple on-line presence, just a better one than a template website. The costs of a brochure website can be set up for around £1000 depending on the number of pages, features etc. It is advised to get a few quotes from web designers to provide ideas and costs.
- CMS Websites
CMS stands for Custom Managed Site and would be the next level up from a brochure website. CMS websites are designed for small – medium businesses that are looking to be developed on the search engines (see search engine optimisation for more information on this subject). The idea of CMS websites is that clients can update and manage their websites once it is completed and launched. This is a great feature to be able to add pages, update blogs and develop the site without using a designer meaning on-going costs. It is however advisable to use an external expert to do major updates and changes on the website (however basic changes, blog updates etc. can be managed internally). Website design prices for CMS websites can be set up for around £2,000 upwards depending again on the number of pages you want, features etc. All designers are different so it is again advised to compare quotes and shop around.
- Ecommerce Websites
ECommerce means on-line payment transactions. These websites are designed for companies that wish to take on-line payments from customers, whether they be an on-line shop (such as Amazon) or a training company that have an on-line payment facility. Ecommerce sites are more popular now than ever as there are more and more companies going on-line and starting up on-line. Not all website designers can produce e-commerce websites so you may need to check before asking. Website design prices for Ecommerce website design can vary in cost from something basic, up to a site that has thousands of pages (like e-bay as an extreme example) so once you have an idea or spec, it is best to get a few quotes from different website designers.
These are the different types of websites available and would be subject to the criteria that you would require (the number of pages and any features that would be integrated (multimedia, music etc.). Different website designers will charge differently based on their experience, the size of their agency etc. All designers have their own rates (whether this is an hourly rate or a package cost for a site) and since there are well over 5000 designers in the UK, it is worth getting a few quotes to compare.
We recommend the following criteria for selecting a designer:
- A local website designer
- An experienced website designer
- A cost effective website designer
As there are so many website design agencies in the UK, it makes sense to work with a local agencies rather than one at the other side of the country. Meeting with the agency is always advised, as you can get a better feel for the ‘agency culture’ and also they should get a better feel for your service and objectives.
Different designers will carry different experience based on their backgrounds and previous clients. Again, as there are so many designers in the UK it does make sense to work with one that knows your product/market/service. This way, they can communicate you more effectively on the site.
As mentioned, all designers charge differently, so getting quotes is highly advised. Many people go with a recommendation from a friend/client – however you may be paying much more than you need too. By comparing quotes you can get a better idea for the market price of your proposed website.
Shop around and compare website design prices; bear in mind that all website designers are privately owned companies that need to make profit. Consider the car that the website designer has, the house, how many holidays they have – this all comes from the profits they make on website design.
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