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Web Design 101: How Much Does a Website Cost?


How much is your website design budget?

What kind of website are you planning to build? After you figure out what specific type of website you want, you should begin thinking about your budget. It’s time to set financial limitations to your budget.

Let this serve as a guide for pricing hierarchy. The first is the cheapest one.

  1. Single-page website
  2. Brochure website
  3. eCommerce website
  4. More complicated app or website

Think about the kind of website you can afford realistically, and how much you are willing to pay. Do you think you can afford at least £1000? If not, you may want to save first before starting your web design and development project.


How to set a realistic website design budget?

Think about how a website can help your brand. If you want to generate huge returns through your website, then you should invest more.


Payment Options and Plans

Plenty of agencies will work together to build your website based on the budget that you set. Moreover, you yourself, as the client, should work hard to build a long-lasting relationship with them.

Depending on the agency that you will work with, there are lots of payment options that you can choose from. Most firms will offer these categories. You can split your project into three to four payments—typically the beginning, middle and end.

  • Deposit Payment – covers the kickoff meetings, initial planning and visual discovery sessions.
  • Midway Payment – due upon the presentation of the first web design.
  • Completion Payment – due prior to the website launch to the live server.

Whatever the payment option you choose, there should be transparency and trust between you and the people you are working with.


Should you build your own website?

It is possible for you to create your own website, though that is not really recommended.

Are you determined to build everything on your own, from scratch? Check out web builders such as WordPress, Wix, Weebly and SquareSpace. They offer good templates that will make your business’ website professional looking. The catch? These templates are also used by tons of other businesses. You can study CSS and HTML on your own, but asking for the help of a professional is still a top choice.


Should you hire a web design freelancer, student or agency?

Many people are in favor of working with web design agencies. Building a good relationship with a reputable design firm can help your business grow in the long run.


Where are you?

Web design pricing differs greatly from all over the world. Let’s say you are based in New Delhi, India. Chances are, the costs are a lot lower, compared if you are based in the United States. Cost and pricing is relative.

This fact also opens up the entire offshoring debate. Do you want to place your project with an offshore firm? By doing so, you can save a little bit of money.