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Adam09
13-07-2009, 10:45 PM
Hey,
I'm currently considering setting up a website on a proffessional/business basis. I have basic experience of setting up my own website, but did it all my self (wordpress plugin) so 'free'.

I was just wondering if anyone who had set up their own business websites could offer a rough guide as to how much the average site costs, as I dont' really want to waste companies times applying for quotes when I'm still unsure whether I'll go ahead with it.

Thanks,
Adam.

barrybridges2
14-07-2009, 09:57 AM
Hi Adam09 - I'm afraid this is a 'how long is a piece of string' question... what sort of things do you want your website to do?

TurboLemonMedia
14-07-2009, 02:23 PM
Indeed - it's like asking the estate agent what the price of a house is. There are average prices for 2 bedroom bungalows, average prices for 5 bedroom detached houses and so on. It all depends on what you need, what you're looking for, what you want it to do and how it looks.

If you're able to collate a set of requirements, I'm sure you'll get much more realistic estimates. Good luck with it,

Tom @ Turbo Lemon Media (Preston / Lancashire)
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CreativeSmile
14-07-2009, 03:10 PM
Hi,

If you require a simple 4 or 5 page website, with the basic "Home" "About" Services" "Cotact" etc then it should really not cost more than 400/500. Hosting for the year is normally 80.00 - Dont pay more would be my advice!!!! And if you want a website then I would be happy to assist.
If you require a more advanced site - then again, I would be happy to discuss further.

Good Luck

omarmarcelgashi
14-07-2009, 03:16 PM
Im sure that if you provide the content and images you can get a site done for 200. Im speaking from experience here. However if you want a good quality site first time round then in the region of 400+ you would expect to pay.

Good Luck.

Adam09
14-07-2009, 04:00 PM
Hi Adam09 - I'm afraid this is a 'how long is a piece of string' question... what sort of things do you want your website to do?

Yeah, I thought it would be.

Something with search functions, login/account facilities, a fairly simple home and about us page.

I guess it's easier to give an example, as I've not really worked it out, but something along the lines of:

http://www.vinspired.com/

But with less fancy graphics

Miss.C.Stewart
15-07-2009, 12:06 PM
Hi,
I agree with everyone else, depends on what you want and need. Sometimes if money is an issue but you still want a good look it all comes down to the design (not graphic but layout), ensuring you only have exactly what you need and therefore you will only pay for something that will give rewards. The website you posted has a log in area, is that something you want? It's those kind of things that add time to a developer and then add money. If you need some advice on coming up with a brief to give out to people to find out how much it will cost then let me know or if you have any other questions. You can email me at catherine@designunbound.co.uk.

Catherine

shamrocker
15-07-2009, 12:19 PM
Something with search functions, login/account facilities, a fairly simple home and about us page.

Try Joomla - http://www.joomla.org

It's an open source content management system with a huge variety of applications available for it. You can probably purchase a nice template that closely reflects the style of presentation you are looking for.

I'd advise you to pay someone to go through the setup and customisation procedure with you. It would be very much worthwhile for you to learn the basics as it could potentially save you a fortune with future projects.

Adam09
15-07-2009, 01:34 PM
I've heard of Joomla before, will take a look at it.

Thanks for the address Catherine, I'll email you at some point as a brief is probably what I need to get my ideas down.

EDIT: Joomla is currently looking like the best way to go. Hopefully it will save money as well as I can upkeep it myself without needing to go via a company.

Would a company charge more or less for using Joomla, as it may restrict them? I know it depends on the company, but I see that alot of people here have experience in either using them/owning them.

I'm looking on the site for the answer; not found it yet, but would I have to pay for Joomla due to using it for commercial use?

barrybridges2
15-07-2009, 02:55 PM
Hi Adam,

I was indirectly involved in Vinspired, so feel qualified to comment:

Firstly, appearances can be deceptive. Although it looks like a simple site, there's a lot of complicated things going on behind the scenes. I wouldn't be at all surprised if it cost 80 - 100k to design, develop and build their site - there's a lot of complex functionality going on.

The best thing to start is to write a 'requirements capture' - a list of everything you want the site, or rather, the users, to be able to do. Then we can probably shed a bit more assistance.

AlexanderSmith
30-07-2009, 08:34 PM
Alongside the initial set up costs you need to consider the small extras that will be involved:

buying your domain, geting the webspace (then if you want databases set up) database management etc.

If you were looking for a simple site design then you would be best off looking for some free open source templates and customise them yourself. Learning HTML will save you money in the long run. Then befriend someone who could give you some guidance when you need help (or someone you can pay to do a favour). Obviously however if you are looking to run a full web-based business then you will need to consider having a full time IT specialist to look after your business.

Kind Regards

Alex

Adam09
30-07-2009, 11:09 PM
Alongside the initial set up costs you need to consider the small extras that will be involved:

buying your domain, geting the webspace (then if you want databases set up) database management etc.

If you were looking for a simple site design then you would be best off looking for some free open source templates and customise them yourself. Learning HTML will save you money in the long run. Then befriend someone who could give you some guidance when you need help (or someone you can pay to do a favour). Obviously however if you are looking to run a full web-based business then you will need to consider having a full time IT specialist to look after your business.

Kind Regards

Alex

Yeah, I have experience of that kinda already due to my project below (sig). Domains and webspace aren't really a problem, as I've been through all that before with DV. I can do basic html, but am not that confident in it and know people who can do other stuff, but nothing to the extent of building a new website really, only editing WP etc.

Any web developers out there willing to be be-friended? :p

Database management is something I've not looked at and don't really know what it entails.