How much does a website really cost?

So “how much does a website cost?

Here at Thync, we get asked this question along with many others on a regular basis. That’s not to say we don’t love answering them – we do, honestly! But we thought it would be good to make a small blog post on the topic to help our readers understand the world of web development.

So what are the questions we get asked, and more importantly, what are the answers? Read on to find out more.

How much does a website cost?

That’s a tricky one I’m afraid. The cost of a website will depend on multiple factors, including:

  • The size of the website – i.e. the number of pages.
  • The features the website requires – Online shops, contact forms etc.
  • The complexity of the website – Is this just an information brochure site or is this an all singing, all dancing, bespoke system?

Oh and, of course, the client. Yes really! Most companies will quote and work from a specification, that has been approved by you, the client. However if you then decide you want additional features, it requires more work from the agency and therefore will push the price up. For example, if you’ve been quoted for a 5 page brochure style website but then decide you want to sell products from your site, the requirements have changed and naturally the price goes up.

The best solution to this is to have a clear understanding of what you want to get out of your website, and relay that back to the agency. Here at Thync Creative, we have a web development process that allows us gain an understanding of your requirements, you can lean more about our process here.

Why does a website cost so much?

Again, this depends on a number of factors. Many companies charge different hourly prices so the cost can range from £400 – £3500 for a small business website. However, every company will offer a different level of service and in most cases, you get what you pay for. Be aware that quotes will vary depending on what is actually included. Whilst the lowest quote may seem tempting, it may not actually be the best solution for your business and could end up costing you more in the long run.

Other factors that affect the price will be the kind of website you want. An eCommerce (online shop) website will generally be more expensive than an information website because the level of work that is required.

Some companies also include SEO or search engine optimisation in their quotes. Which means that included in the cost of your website is the cost of allowing Google and other search engines to find, index and list your site with ease. It also helps put you up the page rankings. You can read more about SEO in 2017 here.

Why do the quotes I have received vary so much?

If we put it in layman’s terms, quotes for the website cost vary for two reasons:

1. The level of skill the freelancer, or agency has.

Every company and every freelancer will have a different level of skills and therefore the finished quality of the service may vary. It’s important to take a look at their recent work and decide not only if they fit in with your budget, but who’s work is best. It may be worth paying that little bit extra for a website that will be mobile friendly or SEO optimised.

Some questions you could ask your self when looking at the portfolio:

  • Are the websites mobile optimised?
  • Do the websites look aesthetically pleasing?
  • Do the websites work? Take a look at the websites, is anything broken or not where it should be?
  • Do they have any testimonials or reviews?

You can take a look at our work here, we’re sure you wont be disappointed 😉

2. How well they understood you requirements.

It’s one of the hardest parts of the consultation, and it’s very important. Having a good specification of requirements allows both parties to get a clear and thorough understanding of what the finished result needs to be. Sometimes you’ll find a quote doesn’t included everything you’d expect it to include. That’s not a problem with us, before the final quote, we will discuss your full requirements and outline the cost in a website proposal. This allows you to get know exactly what you’re getting.

Can you provide a quote?

We thought you’d never ask! Of course we can, get an initial and instant estimated website quote here and then we’ll give you a call to discuss your detailed requirements.

Find out your website cost today