The Cost of Building a Website

 

Summary of “The Cost of Building a Website”

If you are going to hire a web design company to create a website for your organization, you will likely have many questions you want to ask them.  It is likely one of the biggest questions you have is “How much is this going to cost?”  The truth is that the cost of building a website can vary.  In this helpful video by Mark Steinbrueck with OurChurch.Com, you can learn about the variables that can affect the cost of building a website.

8 Things That Determine the Cost of Building a Website:

1. Consultative vs Cookie Cutter Approach
If you do not have any input into the design of your site and you are mostly communicating with them via a series of forms, then your web site is likely being created with a cookie cutter approach. This is opposed to the consultative approach, where the designer tailors the site to your needs and specifications.  The cookie cutter is cheaper, but you’ll have fewer options and your site will not be as personalized.

2. Content Mapping
Content mapping basically means listing out the pages that you will have on your site.  Some companies will skip this all together, but it is really an important step.

3. Design
If your design is a pre-made template it will likely cost less than something built from scratch and custom designed for your website.

4. Functionality
A very basic website that acts as an online brochure will cost less than one with a lot of functionality.  You should expect a site that offers online submission forms, a shopping cart or document management to cost more.

5. Content Input
If you can input the content yourself, you will be able to cut costs.  A developer will likely charge for their time to input content into your site.

6. Training
Do they provide training?  At OurChurch.Com we offer two levels of training.  For our build it yourself site, we offer online pages that will show you step by step how to do things within your site.  Those are designed to help keep your costs down.  We also provide a more custom approach with in-depth personal training, which cost more but can be a great option for those who need the additional training.

7. Support
If the web design company provides support, is it only through email, or can you talk to a live person? If you can talk to someone, what are the hours?  The level of support provided will likely affect the cost of your site.

8. Hosting/Email/Domain Name
There are a few additional costs involved with a website that you need to consider.  Where the site is hosted, if email is provided, and registering the domain names may or may not be included in the cost of your website.  Check with your web design company at the start so you know your total costs upfront.

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Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as .

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