|Every Web site we create is a unique, custom job. We prefer to
meet with you in person (unless you are geographically distant) and get to know you and
your business. Based on that meeting, we will make a written proposal, describing in
detail what we propose to do. Often, we will give you several options, with prices
for each. We will present the proposal in person, if possible, and go over it in detail
with you. The proposal includes a detailed cost estimate, so you can see exactly how
many hours of work, of what kind, we expect to do, and how much each item will cost.
We are happy to make whatever changes you want at this point; if they are
significant, we will re-calculate the estimate.
Once you accept the
proposal, it defines the scope of the project and provides the basis for our contract with
you. We work very hard to insure that everything in the final site satisfies you in
every way. However, if you request changes that differ significantly from the
accepted proposal, that expands the scope of the project, which
will increase the cost to you. We will advise you any time your requested changes
are going to result in increased cost, so that you can decide whether you want to go
through with them, or not.
Other than our Small Business Specials, we don't offer stock packages.
However, we can give you a rough idea of how much Web sites of different sizes and types
will cost. We find that, on average, custom sites run between
$300-$500 per page, exclusive of advanced features such as custom programming,
databases or shopping carts.
- The biggest single factor in determining cost per page is usually the extent and
nature of graphics used.
- If you have a very simple. plain site, and you provide all the graphics in
ready-to-use form, the cost will be much lower than if we create custom graphic
backgrounds, a lot of art, highly edited photos or animations.
- On the other hand, these features are often what give your site the greatest impact
and make it eye-catching, distinctive and memorable. (The old "one picture is
worth a thousand words" principle...)
- Custom programming (e.g., interactive tests, graphics that vary according to user
choices, etc.), forms, database connectivity, or e-commerce solutions all cost more, and
vary a lot, depending on your requirements and choices.
- However, these features can greatly extend the functionality of your site, increase
your potential for revenue, and/or make it more of a custom experience for your visitors.
- We will also provide you with an estimate of how long it will take to complete your
site. However, our experience has shown us that the rate-limiting factor is almost
always how fast the client provides us with their materials!
So, you have a great deal of control over how long the project takes. The
faster you do your part, the sooner we can do ours.
For most jobs, we request 1/3 of the estimated price as a down payment.
Another third is due when the site setup and layout, major graphics and navigation
controls are complete. Once we have something for you to look at, we will upload it
to a test site so you can look at it and give us your feedback. When the site is
complete and ready for upload to its final location and you have approved it, the final
payment is due. We will then upload your site and register it with the major search
In the case of very small sites, we may divide it into fewer payments; very large
sites may be divided into more payments.
We will gladly accept your check, and of course, cash. We aren't
accepting credit cards at present. However, we do work with lenders who are willing to
finance Web sites, so we can help you obtain financing.