How to tell if you are paying the right price for your Website Design
While every company will have different pricing schemes and it is unlikely that you will get two identical quotes for the same site design here are a few guidelines to use when looking at your quote that may help you to avoid being overcharged.
How many pages does your site have?
If you are having a massive site built it will naturally be more expensive than a site which has fewer pages. This is simply because every page needs to be programmed to a certain extent even if templates are being used. A site designer will need to make sure that all of the pages will link up well with one another and that the menus and navigational tools are all fully functional. Even a large site of simple pages may end up becoming more expensive to have created than a smaller site would be.
What special features are included in the website design?
If your site has special features or functions that are involved in the website design this will often drive up the price considerably. This may be especially true if the site needs to be able to interface with another program. A good example of this would be a site that is expected to work seamlessly with an inventory program or accounting software.
If your website design needs to work with other programs it may be necessary for a website design company to research how to utilize that new software and how to interface their own programming with it. Since time is money it is no wonder that this can make for a much more expensive site.
Are there other services included in the price?
You should also look to see if there are services other than website design included in one quote that may not have been included in less pricy quotes. If you are getting services such as analytical tools, search engine optimization and website maintenance included in your quote you may find that you are still getting good value for money even if you are paying more overall. Of course, you may want to minimize some of these costs by asking for programming such as a content management system that will allow you to update your own site yourself.
Is it a template or a custom design?
If your site will be designed using a more generic template it should cost much less than a site that is designed and built from the ground up. A site that is completely custom-made will take much longer to build and will therefore cost more overall.
By considering all of these factors you will be able to tell whether you are being overcharged or whether you are getting good value for the money you are spending.