how much i charge
This is a bit like asking ‘how long is a piece of string’, but I’ll do my best to answer the question anyway.
I charge an hourly rate
Building websites is a professional skill and I charge accordingly.
You won’t find my actual hourly rate on this page. I realise you may find this frustrating.
My rate is comparable with other professionals in Australia. I know what I’m doing and I work quickly, so the overall cost is still affordable.
The more important question is ‘how much will it cost to build my website?’ We answer that below.
how much will it cost to build my website?
Let’s look at some examples.
You can expect your website to cost anything from $500 to $50000.
The factors that affect the cost of your website include:
- Number of pages
- Functionality, ie what it does
- Your involvement
If you need a one page website and you supply all the images, copy, logo and a clear brief in one neat package, it could well cost you $500-1000.
If you need a fairly straightforward 6-10 page website and you supply everything and work with me (and we start with a layout), it might be around $2000-3000.
If I create the design from scratch, help you figure out what your business is about, write all the copy, source images and do whatever else needs doing, it could be $10 000.
Bigger, more complex projects, including e-commerce, will always cost more.
how To keep costs down
There are things you can do to keep expenses low if budget is a consideration.
Building a website involves a few aspects that can be done by anyone, professional or otherwise.
Searching for stock images is a good example; it’s always time consuming, so if you want to save money and you’re planning to use stock photography this is something you can do yourself.
Planning the website and writing the words will give me a big head start. It’s probably a good idea for us to have a chat first so I can head you in the right direction from the beginning.
Clients who pay the least for my services are highly organised and have done their own research, which means they’re well prepared when we get started. They’re fully involved throughout the build process.
The power of layouts
Good design takes skill and time.
Professional design takes a lot of time, which makes it expensive. Luckily for us, professional designers have saved us that time and expense by preparing a bunch of layouts we can use. A layout is like a finished web page. We find one we like then swap out all the text and images for our own. It really speeds up the process of building a brand new website.
This website is built using a layout. I chose it because I like the way the different design elements all work together – the bold headings, the fonts, the coloured line dividing various bits of text, the clever use of images.
The design naturally lends itself to dividing content into bite-sized chunks, which is how the human brain works best. Google prefers websites that are good for humans.