Russ Harvey Consulting - Computer and Internet Services

Factors Affecting Price

Factors that affect the cost of a website or blog.

Questions About Pricing?

Assuming you've read through the other pages and are familiar with my philosophy and approach to design, your next questions are about how much a site will cost to design.

Each Site Unique

Each site design is unique. I don't sell “cookie-cutter” sites.

Your requirements and site complexities can affect my recommendations about design as well as the cost.

Based upon the information you provide, I will establish a price to create an original design based on your specifications.

Initial Design a Big Factor

Since I don't use cookie-cutter templates, most of the work (and cost) to build a site is in the initial design.

Companies that provide theme-based ready-to-go sites generally charge a perpetual monthly fee for the design and limit the customizations that are possible. You never finish paying for your site.

It is easier to change something early in the design process than when the site is nearer to completion.

It is also important to consider what future expansion may be needed within the original design to avoid going back to the design board when your business or organization grows.

Keep this in mind as you set out your requirements.

Engaging in a Dialogue

Remember, this process is a dialogue.

We both want to develop something that incorporates your requirements, remains within your budget and uses the appropriate technology to make it suitable for your target audience.

Pricing Factors

Each project has its own needs and complexities. Pricing is dependent upon how complex the project is to complete, how much finished material is provided by you and similar factors.

Preliminary Discussion

In the preliminary meeting we can determine the work to be done with an estimated cost.

These are some of the factors that generally determine the base cost of designing a site:

  • The number of pages on your site.
  • How much formatting of the text is necessary.
  • The number of images/photos on the site.
  • Whether I need to create, alter or scan your artwork.
  • The addition of infographics or similar material.
  • The addition of multimedia (audio or video).
  • The complexity of the page layout.
  • What auxiliary pages are necessary for the site integration, navigation and legal requirements.
  • The need for a shopping cart on the site (each item needs to be fully integrated and this takes time to implement into the site and the site's database).
  • Whether there are distinct groupings or areas on the site requiring individual layouts.
  • The setup of databases or interactive forms.
  • Embedded YouTube and other video or audio content.
  • The extensive use of JavaScript.

I may recommend an external source for some of the elements.

The more you can tell me about your requirements, budget and available resources, the easier it is to provide an accurate quote.

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Other Factors

Additions & Changes

Changes or additions to the original site design will result in added costs separate from the quoted price. These will be charged at an hourly rate.

The cost for extras depends upon the nature of the work entailed.

My Hourly Rates

I don't charge like the big design companies.

However, I am a professional with extensive experience, not an amateur. I price my design work accordingly.

The minimum hourly rate for updates and changes is $60.00.

A service contract is recommended if you anticipate regular changes.

Related Pages

These other pages discuss the various aspects of designing a site:

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Updated: March 26, 2022