How much to charge for a website?

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  1. Jay487

    Jay487 What's Life If You Ain't Enjoyin' It?

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    I'm creating a relativity simple HTML website for a company. I'm creating the layout in photoshop, using some frames and a little dreamweaver work too.

    Here's an example of what I mean by a basic web site.

    http://cs4.sunyocc.edu/~j.m.polmanteer/

    That layout is quite plain, and only has a banner, the one I would be doing would be a little more "complete" - but you get the idea.

    I've never done these other than favors or for myself - what should I charge for the creation and maintenance of a website like this?

    They will be paying for domain and hosting.

    Thanks!
     
  2. crazybenf

    crazybenf Active Member

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    standard design rate of $85/hr


    most simple sites we do start @ $1695.00 and include 5-7 static pages. All type and artwork is provided by client.

    Domain and first year hosting included.
     
  3. Jay487

    Jay487 What's Life If You Ain't Enjoyin' It?

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    jesus

    I'm thinking they're going to offer me like $100 for the whole shebang :hsugh:
     
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    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    For HTML only, I charge $150-200 for the main page and another $25-50 for each additional page. Same as crazybenf... client provides all artwork.
     
  5. Jay487

    Jay487 What's Life If You Ain't Enjoyin' It?

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    I know they're going to say "now what do we owe you?"


    the layout is simple

    http://cs4.sunyocc.edu/~j.m.polmanteer/shots.html

    and I'll be turning it into a functioning website with frames and adding content, updating it for them, etc.

    They are a non profit organization so I have NO idea what kind of figure to throw at them.
     
  6. Jay487

    Jay487 What's Life If You Ain't Enjoyin' It?

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    what do you mean by client provides all artwork?

    You don't create any banners/logos for the website? I would assume 90% of people that are paying for websites dont know how to do that kind of stuff, so what do you do, just have a plain text header?
     
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    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    most companies will have their logo in digital format to use for business cards, letterheads, etc. If they want that on the site, they have to provide it. I don't do photoshop/illustrator or anything like that.
     
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    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    Meant to add... creating a website, and maintaining a website are 2 VERY different creatures. If you are charging them for a one time shot and they are going to call you up and expect you to update it... I'd charge more, or set them up on a maintenance programs. I usually charge $25/mo or $250/year with no more than 1 update per month. If it's something I'm going to be getting an email every day asking to update something, the rates go up from there.
     
  9. Jay487

    Jay487 What's Life If You Ain't Enjoyin' It?

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    ohhh gotcha. they did provide me with the awful looking "SHOTS" logo on the header... and they wanted a "wildlife" theme since thats what they are working with.

    Hopefully I'll get at least $200 for the entire thing + maintenance, I'm not looking to get rich but my time is valuable :hs:
     
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    Check out the other designers in your area to see what they charge for similar work and match their price. Just make sure your quality is as good or better than the other designers if you're matching price.
     
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    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    And that's where the issues arise. I know when I quote a client a price, they will get every resource I have available to their project. Websites is really the only thing I have "standard rates" on. For computer repair, I VERY rarely bill a client for the time I spend or the amount of effort I put in... but I also know that my time is worth something to me, and I expect to be compensated fairly for that time.

    More times than not, when I give the client a bill, they ask "are you sure that's enough" or something like that. That really makes me feel good that I have provided a quality service at a fair price.
     
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    1. Don't be embarrassed to ask for what you want

    2. Good design work sans backend coding is worth 20-30 bucks an hour; imo

    good luck
     
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    By client provides content + artwork I mean just that. Usually we'll help out with a few banners + maybe digitizing a logo, but other than that they must supply final copies of all text in word format & all images.

    $20-30/hr for web development? Wow. Glad none of my clients know about you guys.
     
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    development != design
     
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    Here's a nicely laid out rate plan that is pretty accurate to my company's rates.

    http://www.johnsons.net/html/webdesign.php

    Our hourly billed rates differ from theirs. We charge $85/hr non cgi & $185/hr cgi work.
     
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    :werd: and all the example sites either suck or are not even online anymore lol.
     
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    That's 99% of web design firms. :rofl:

    It's either a half assed site layout or a template.
     

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