Cost of websites nowadays?

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Hi all,

Was thinking of signing up for one of the job sites (like ODesk, etc.) to see if I could land a gig putting a website together.

How much do people charge for such things nowadays? I know that "you get what you pay for" - but - was just wondering what people charge on the average.

Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author AZJ0SH
    Most designers will charge anywhere from $300-$500 for a basic landing page, but you'll have 1000+ poeple claim they can do it for less. You get waht you pay for.
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    • Profile picture of the author ValTexDesigns
      AZJOSH is exactly right. It cracks me up when I see people offering complete websites for $20, but more power to 'em!

      I've been designing since the late 80's when I ran my first BBS. Nowadays, for a simple 5 page informational site I charge $350. Though, there are so many factors/features that come into play with each site like whether or not they want forms, mailing list, e-commerce, on-going maintenance, and the list goes on. Not to mention the market you're in makes a difference.

      Personally, I think it's reasonable to offer sites "starting at" $350. Then, once the potential client contacts me I get an in-depth feel for what they really need and go from there. Chances are, the more knowledgeable you sound about what you can offer and why they need it, the more they'll be willing to pay for it.

      I hope that helps!
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      • Profile picture of the author dgmufasa
        Thanks guys for your inputs

        Originally Posted by ValTexDesigns View Post

        AZJOSH is exactly right. It cracks me up when I see people offering complete websites for $20, but more power to 'em!
        How can one offer a site for $20? Do they just do a Wordpress install perhaps and then do up-sells?

        Might I ask how many websites can one (reasonably) expect to do on a monthly basis? Do customers care about quality nowadays as well - or - do they go more for price?
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        • Profile picture of the author AZJ0SH
          Originally Posted by dgmufasa View Post

          Thanks guys for your inputs



          How can one offer a site for $20? Do they just do a Wordpress install perhaps and then do up-sells?

          Might I ask how many websites can one (reasonably) expect to do on a monthly basis? Do customers care about quality nowadays as well - or - do they go more for price?
          Install wordpress, use a pirated theme (free), and just fill in the blanks, you won't get much for $20.
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        • Profile picture of the author webcosmo
          Originally Posted by dgmufasa View Post

          Thanks guys for your inputs



          How can one offer a site for $20? Do they just do a Wordpress install perhaps and then do up-sells?

          Might I ask how many websites can one (reasonably) expect to do on a monthly basis? Do customers care about quality nowadays as well - or - do they go more for price?
          It depends on geographic location and what can they buy with the $20. With $20 in some countries they could live one week
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      • Profile picture of the author dbong
        Originally Posted by ValTexDesigns View Post

        AZJOSH is exactly right. It cracks me up when I see people offering complete websites for $20, but more power to 'em!

        Personally, I think it's reasonable to offer sites "starting at" $350. Then, once the potential client contacts me I get an in-depth feel for what they really need and go from there. Chances are, the more knowledgeable you sound about what you can offer and why they need it, the more they'll be willing to pay for it.
        Yep, I'm right on par with you. I usually like to keep a $300 minimum and then adjust for features and additional maintenance. Although, I never like to advertise my prices, I just have them ask for an estimate. I guess you can't really get away with that on oDesk though.
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  • Profile picture of the author lanotdesign
    Hello,

    It really depends on the the quality of the website you will be designing whether it's graphical or minimalist. Standard rate in the market is 150-200 USD for the index page and 100USD per inside page, but it's also common practice to give out "package deals" w/c are more affordable than per page rates.
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    • Profile picture of the author dgmufasa
      Thanks again all!

      Originally Posted by lanotdesign View Post

      Hello,
      Standard rate in the market is 150-200 USD for the index page and 100USD per inside page, but it's also common practice to give out "package deals" w/c are more affordable than per page rates.
      By "index page", you mean the http://domain_name.com/index alone - right?

      Also, can you note what you would charge for a "package deal"?

      My thoughts were one would have to factor in the cost of a theme + any other items that might have a price tag + any work that would be needed for - say - setting up a payment gateway using Paypal or Stripe.

      I have seen some people request a quote for 5 pages and others who want 5 pages + quite a bit more but only willing to pay below $500.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adamlee123
    Its totally depend on your work . First you need to make your profile then put some of your work in your profile . Then people will see it after that they will hire you. If your design found good then they will pay you more.
    Also depend on client some clients do not pay more. They want to pick more work in less cost.
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  • Profile picture of the author abraham jobs
    Originally Posted by dgmufasa View Post

    Hi all,

    Was thinking of signing up for one of the job sites (like ODesk, etc.) to see if I could land a gig putting a website together.

    How much do people charge for such things nowadays? I know that "you get what you pay for" - but - was just wondering what people charge on the average.

    Cheers!
    Hi friend if u buy domain name with hosting in host gator is very cheap one. like per month 2 $ - 5 $ they provide site builder and all go daddy provides c panel if u purchase every domain
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  • Profile picture of the author Sumi365
    Website design and development cost depends upon it's size and complexity. Large and complex websites cost more than small and simple sites. However, it's cost vary from organization to organization.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelcvang
    It depends on efforts.
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  • Profile picture of the author CSmitty
    You have to make out a plan and them submit it for people to bid on. It could be an easy project with a low budget or a big project with a big budget. Just really depends on what you want. Only way to find out the cost is to post it and see what the bid are.
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  • Profile picture of the author sis11
    Really it depends on many factors, design, static, dynamic.. etc..
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    • Profile picture of the author shophia
      Originally Posted by sis11 View Post

      Really it depends on many factors, design, static, dynamic.. etc..
      Totally agree, Your website creation cost depend on lots of factors, like website theme, pages, contents, graphics etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author AZ-439
    $20, $99, $350, $500 are sub-standard rates which usually result in substandard results. I won't even touch a website for less than $1000, and most are in the $2000 to $2500 range. You do get what you pay for. Want to peek at what a $2500 website looks like? About 30 hours of development time from start to finish on this one, built it 2 weeks ago... Wrap Factory KC - Wrap Factory KC
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    • Profile picture of the author bawany
      Originally Posted by AZ-439 View Post

      $20, $99, $350, $500 are sub-standard rates which usually result in substandard results. I won't even touch a website for less than $1000, and most are in the $2000 to $2500 range. You do get what you pay for. Want to peek at what a $2500 website looks like? About 30 hours of development time from start to finish on this one, built it 2 weeks ago... Wrap Factory KC - Wrap Factory KC
      Totally Agree with AZ-439,

      Cost of the website totally depends on the capability of the seller at how much he/she can sell his services for. and in what market you're selling your services in. If you would be looking for work on odesk and other freelance websites than yes, you have to offer your services at like $200 to $500 for 5 pages website (PSD + HTML) where you can sell exactly same services for like $2000 or even more. (obviously not on Odesk as they would have received rates like $200 to $500 from other bidders)

      I have sold my services for $500 and even for $5000, honestly different rates for different markets. and yes my service does varies a bit accordingly.
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    • Profile picture of the author gearmex
      Originally Posted by AZ-439 View Post

      $20, $99, $350, $500 are sub-standard rates which usually result in substandard results. I won't even touch a website for less than $1000, and most are in the $2000 to $2500 range. You do get what you pay for. Want to peek at what a $2500 website looks like? About 30 hours of development time from start to finish on this one, built it 2 weeks ago... Wrap Factory KC - Wrap Factory KC
      To be honest, it looks like theme bought somewhere and content added in with pictures...You can pay what ever you want but is stupid to pay too much, find the right maker and $500 builds you this site easily (even cheaper if you know where to look for)
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  • Profile picture of the author dgmufasa
    Thanks guys for all of the input I did not see this thread until today (and need to close down another I had opened since some of the questions are answered here).

    Where can one sell a website for $2000? Is this developed from a PSD or a WP customization? I have seen the websites on the ODesk and they do look a bit sub-standard. It looks like people get free templates and then make changes to them.
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  • Profile picture of the author dgmufasa
    Here is an example of a company doing websites where they did not have a portfolio of sites but more like a listing of templates.

    Supra Power Port

    Does anyone else take this kind of approac? Just list templates and not really a site portfolio?

    TIA
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    • Profile picture of the author mwinning101
      Originally Posted by dgmufasa View Post

      Here is an example of a company doing websites where they did not have a portfolio of sites but more like a listing of templates.

      Supra Power Port

      Does anyone else take this kind of approac? Just list templates and not really a site portfolio?

      TIA
      I think you will find that site does actually have a portfolio, if you click on the "Clients" tab, they are listed there. Always better to have a portfolio on the website so people can see your previous work.


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      • Profile picture of the author dgmufasa
        Thanks for the response. If I am reading you correctly, templates are frowned upon. I don't have any previous work now although I have heard that one could do some "Lorem Ipsum" sites as samples (but that could be just installing WP sites). Is there some kind of rule-of-thumb one can follow when showing work?
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam Zachuth
    300 to 500 bucks usually for a simple site

    300 bucks range is usually wordpress + paid theme level of quality

    500 bucks range is usually wordpress + custom designed theme

    Anyone who charges less than that, is usually cutting costs somewhere and that is never good for business...
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  • Profile picture of the author Blaine Smitley
    The lowest price I'll consider is about $2000, anything less can create potential problems down the road. That's for a 10 page site.

    My general rule of thumb is $200.00 per page.

    I always question a client as to why they want a website. That seems to open up lots of avenues to be able to steer them to the real world of "you get what you pay for". And if they want that phone on their desk to ring with new potential clients seeking their products and services.... It just isn't gonna happen for $500.00

    Every page designed around a long tail search phrase is another pole in the ocean. The more poles.. The more fish they catch. It's not complicated, and is just like any other form of advertising.

    It always helps to show them some industry dominating websites that you've done in the past. After all, business owners don't want websites. Websites are a consequence of what they want. Which is people calling them and requesting their products and services.

    Sell the phone ringing thing, and you can charge what you're worth instead of prostituting yourself like I used to do when I sold websites.

    Selling the ring is where it's at!
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    • Profile picture of the author kevinenrique
      Originally Posted by kid carson View Post

      The lowest price I'll consider is about $2000, anything less can create potential problems down the road. That's for a 10 page site.

      My general rule of thumb is $200.00 per page.

      I always question a client as to why they want a website. That seems to open up lots of avenues to be able to steer them to the real world of "you get what you pay for". And if they want that phone on their desk to ring with new potential clients seeking their products and services.... It just isn't gonna happen for $500.00

      Every page designed around a long tail search phrase is another pole in the ocean. The more poles.. The more fish they catch. It's not complicated, and is just like any other form of advertising.

      It always helps to show them some industry dominating websites that you've done in the past. After all, business owners don't want websites. Websites are a consequence of what they want. Which is people calling them and requesting their products and services.

      Sell the phone ringing thing, and you can charge what you're worth instead of prostituting yourself like I used to do when I sold websites.

      Selling the ring is where it's at!
      I agree 100%
      In words of Elmer Wheeler: Don't sell the steak, sell the sizzle...
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    • Profile picture of the author dgmufasa
      Hi Kid,

      Thanks for the information and for the advice of not prostituting yourself :p

      I had a concern would be that the prospective customer would take a look at my nice-looking site and then go to see if he/she could find someone to duplicate it for $500.

      Every page designed around a long tail search phrase is another pole in the ocean. The more poles.. The more fish they catch. It's not complicated, and is just like any other form of advertising.

      It always helps to show them some industry dominating websites that you've done in the past. After all, business owners don't want websites. Websites are a consequence of what they want. Which is people calling them and requesting their products and services.
      So what you are saying is that other services are also included as part of the $2000 package - like SEO or EMail campaigns? I am wondering if it is possible to turn some of those ODesk/Elance customers who want sites for "less than $500" into $2000 customers.

      Also, can one perhaps charge 10% of the development price (on a monthly basis) for maintenance or enhancements? It would be nice to get some kind of residual income going (if possible).

      TIA
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      • Profile picture of the author Blaine Smitley
        Originally Posted by dgmufasa View Post

        Hi Kid,

        Thanks for the information and for the advice of not prostituting yourself :p

        I had a concern would be that the prospective customer would take a look at my nice-looking site and then go to see if he/she could find someone to duplicate it for $500.



        So what you are saying is that other services are also included as part of the $2000 package - like SEO or EMail campaigns? I am wondering if it is possible to turn some of those ODesk/Elance customers who want sites for "less than $500" into $2000 customers.

        Also, can one perhaps charge 10% of the development price (on a monthly basis) for maintenance or enhancements? It would be nice to get some kind of residual income going (if possible).

        TIA
        Only keyword research (about an hour) and onsite SEO (5 minutes per page) are included. Stop and think about it. Most of my customers are small business people that operate in a given city. They're not trying to compete on the world stage or a national level.

        A site built without keyword research, proper url directories, and on site seo is a almost a total waste, I don't care how nice it looks. Provide these in a geo specific format for a small city specific service and you can make their phone ring, and ring a lot.

        About your nice looking site? Who gives a crap either way about how a site looks, if no potential customers ever see it. Think about that a minute.

        Now think about this. People use the internet for one thing and one thing only. EVER! To solve problems. That's it. There's no other reason.

        You're bored so you go to face book... Problem solved.
        It's midnight and your hemorrhoids are acting up... you google all night drugstore in your city... Problem solved.
        You're in an unfamiliar city and you need a motel... So you google and then look at all the returns to see which one has the nicest site? Then contact that one? BAHAHA. Forgive me for funning with you but you're where I used to be.

        Business owners only think they want nice looking sites.

        But if you ask them their choice between a nice looking site that makes their phone ring 1 time a day or an ugly site that makes it ring 10 times a day.. Which do you think they'll pick?

        And on and on...

        I can't think of the time that I ever went to a website that solved my problem but discounted them because their site was ugly and refused due to the way their site looked to buy from them or consult them.

        There's all kinds of pretty sites that never make a penny for their owners.

        Forget pretty.. Pretty is for posers. Build a site that solves problems and makes the business owner a return on their investment.

        They'll tell non competing business friends of theirs about you and then you'll get to build the friend an ugly site that they get a lot of calls from to, then they'll tell another.. What's that old saying I see around here. "rinse and repeat"

        Business owners don't want websites. They want a satisfactory return on their advertising investment. Forget pretty, you ever seen the drudge report? Wikipedia? I could go on and on but you prolly get my drift.
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        • Profile picture of the author dgmufasa
          Thanks for the information

          Originally Posted by kid carson View Post

          A site built without keyword research, proper url directories, and on site seo is a almost a total waste, I don't care how nice it looks. Provide these in a geo specific format for a small city specific service and you can make their phone ring, and ring a lot.

          [... snip ...]

          About your nice looking site? Who gives a crap either way about how a site looks, if no potential customers ever see it. Think about that a minute.
          Well, the idea was that a programmer would do the minimum to be sure that it at least is being seen. I have done Google searches entering the name of a business and getting the Yellow Pages in the first position instead of their own website. I get the point that it has to be found.

          You're in an unfamiliar city and you need a motel... So you google and then look at all the returns to see which one has the nicest site? Then contact that one? BAHAHA. Forgive me for funning with you but you're where I used to be.

          Business owners only think they want nice looking sites.
          They think they want them because they know it is a reflection of their business. They can see a website. They can't see (or most likely don't know anything about) SEO. I'm a programmer by profession. If I try to communicate to someone who was not in the field how things should work, I would get a glassy-eyed look and they would think I was talking more like this

          I could have emphasized an "effective site" and not "pretty site" BTW.

          I, myself, have turned down a person/business when looking at their website. One person claimed to have all sorts of contacts in the business world and strong IT expertise and wanted to charge me $2500 for his "consulting" services. He talked a good game. His website should have accurately reflected the expertise he claimed to have - but - it did not. It looked like something from the '80s or was just thrown together with the Drupal theme that came with the basic installation.

          The exception I would make (all things being equal) is if the person had a good reputation - or came highly recommended for their products and services - so - I guess this goes back to the Reputation Management thing. That trumps everything. If someone has a pretty/effective site but has lots of people saying that he/she is a scumbag, then it is a no-go for me.

          Business owners don't want websites. They want a satisfactory return on their advertising investment. Forget pretty, you ever seen the drudge report? Wikipedia? I could go on and on but you prolly get my drift.
          Yes - in the end, the goal of a website is to effectively communicate the value that the business owner is offering (once it is found). It could be done with a "pretty site", a cartoon, or an actor doing flips in a Youtube video but in the end, of course the idea is to gather enough trust from the potential customer so that they will push the "buy" button or make the phone call to them and not to the competitors.

          Thanks again for your input!
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  • Profile picture of the author shaaam2007
    I think you are always pay for quality. Every one can not produce same quality at same time then the cost depends accordingly.
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  • Profile picture of the author abidasaalim
    Web designing may vary from different categories. let suppose if you need a corporate website than it may around 10k to 20k dollars or maybe more. A small business website doesn't cost you to much it maybe about 500 to 600 dollars
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    • Profile picture of the author muzzo
      Originally Posted by abidasaalim View Post

      Web designing may vary from different categories. let suppose if you need a corporate website than it may around 10k to 20k dollars or maybe more. A small business website doesn't cost you to much it maybe about 500 to 600 dollars
      10k$ i agree with you but in some exceptional case not at all website which you created
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  • Profile picture of the author jaintechnosoft
    The first is a minor cost that includes the registration of your domain name and what you pay the web hosting company to rent the Internet space for hosting the site.
    The second is what you pay someone to actually create the site for you,a very basic web presence can be created for less than $200
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  • Profile picture of the author deepakrajput
    Now a days the cost of websites are very cheap. You can Hire a Freelancers for it. it can provide a quality Website Design & Development in $20-30$ in India.

    Many Quality templates are available for free just edit the Design and make your own High Quality Website by adding more features.
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  • Profile picture of the author abidasaalim
    50-200 dollars cost/bid to make website in odesk or anyother freelance sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Glenn7Harris
    i used to pay others to build websites for me, i have 2 sites that i paid $3000 each for, and i have loads of wordpress sites i created myself.
    I can walk you through how to build a wordpress site its dead easy, i pay a guy $20 to build pligg sites for me. With regard to my income i make more from the sites i created myself than the ones i paid $3000 for
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  • Profile picture of the author jenniferpinto21
    It basically depends on the Quality but as you asked for a average costing..
    So, As per my knowledge and experience in web design and development field..
    Market Price starts from 99$ and ranges as high as possible for a quality issue.

    Cheers!!
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  • Profile picture of the author annabelle123
    Web design costs will be vary on pages, designs, functions and working hours. minimum cost collect from $100.
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  • Profile picture of the author jenniferrini
    You can start your website by adapting any of the approach.
    1. Full development from scratch
    2. Getting ready made clone script

    When you go for development from scratch it will consume much cost and time, in other side if you go with clone script it will cost around 1000 USD and you can go live soon.
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    • Profile picture of the author monaseer
      It completely depends on how much you pay,the most important point when you are designing a website is that the website need to be a SEO friendly website,if you pay less then you wont get it,and moreover if you are looking for cheap designing then you can download any theme from any website and upload it to your server and your website is ready....
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  • Profile picture of the author bill668866
    I think you are always pay for quality. Every one can not produce same quality at same time then the cost depends accordingly. TK
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  • Profile picture of the author RDB85
    It depends of budget and functionality. Do they want a responsive website. Do they need a cms, then which cms: Wordpress, Drupal, Umbraco etc, and also time frame and complexity of the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author kumarvijay
    Cost of a website is totally depends upon the Requirements or techniques used to design or develop a website.
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