Web Design Cost - How Much Should It Cost

So I guess you're thinking about having a web site developed if you're reading this, so hopefully this will give you an idea of how much web design should cost you.


Try and avoid ongoing web design cost

Now one thing to be aware of is there isn't really a set price for any web site, as it depends what exactly it is you need. One area where people tend to get stung is ongoing costs.  Again, this can vary depending on what type of web design you need, but for a web site where all you need to do is update your blog, upload images and what have you, it's a good idea to consider a CMS.  What is a CMS I hear you say?  This stands for Content Management System.  This is a backend system which allows you to administer content throughout your website, without the need of having to go back and fourth to the people who built your site.  Not only is this a waste of money, but time aswell.



Upfront cost?

Depending on what company you deal with, it may be an upfront charge, or based hourly.  I personally would say upfront cost is better, as you generally have an idea on the total price of the project.  For upfront costs, I have seen many ask for 50% of the price before starting the work, I would say this is fair.

It's a good idea to ask for a full breakdown before the project starts, also a timescale, and a plan of how things will pan out, so you know where you stand.

The problem with paying by the hour is it's hard see how much the end result will cost, be careful of this. 


So how much?

Many web design companies tend to offer a CMS style website for around the £500 mark, this should allow you to login to your website, and edit your pages, upload images and more. An E-commerce website may cost much more, but this generally required more time to complete.



Here at Big Pepper, our CMS websites start from £449.  We may be able to help, for an information pack on costs from us, contact us, we would be happy to advise.