Over the past 15 years we've been asked the common "How much does a website cost?" question countless times and the only truthful answer is: "it depends"
It's a similar question to "how long is a piece of string?" or "how much does a car cost?". There are so many variables involved and so many options available that there is no one size fits all answer. Will the site have ecommerce? Do you want a responsive website? Do you need custom features or applications? Do you need a content management system? Dranding? Search engine optimisation? Copywriting? Stock Photography? The list goes on and on and each of these answers can affect everything from the time spent planning a site to the time spent developing it, which then impacts the cost of tbe website.
"But my cousin has a friend whos son is into computers and can build me a website for $100/$250/$500!"
We hear statements like this quite often and we only have one thing to say: "Good Luck with that!" At minimum wage here in Ontario, a $100 website would equate to roughly 10 hours of work. That's 10 hours to create an original design, write the code, enter all your content, set up a content management system, research keywords for search engine optimisation etc, etc.
Your website is often the first impression that someone has of your business. It's also a marketing tool that will be around for a while. A tool that important to your business is worth the financial investment.
You may think that having some kind of online presence is better than nothing. But in many instances, that may not be the case.
Say for example you're in a new town and looking for a nice restaurant. You search Google and it brings up pages and pages of results. You click on the first link and are presented by a website that looks like it was designed by someone who was blindfolded at the time: clashing colours, bad animations, horrible music, hard to use navigation, no easy way to view the menu. You'd likely think to yourself that this restaurant is not somewhere you'd want to eat, so you click the back button and hit the next link from Google. Now you're presented with a beautifully designed website with soothing colours, brilliant high quality photos of their food and a navigation system that has you downloading their menu in a second. You click the phone link on their site, book a table and head on over.
The first restaurant just lost out on a booking purely because their website looked bad. They might have the most amazing food on the planet and a chef who has won countless awards, but they'll never have you as a customer because they didn't invest in a website that reflected the quality of their service and food.
The quickest way to find out how much a website will cost is to contact us with details of your business and what you want to achieve with your website. We'll have a chat with you to nail down the details and then put together a detailed website estimate for you which will outline everything that is included.