How much does a website cost, and how long does it take?
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When potential clients contact me about creating a new WordPress site, they usually ask at least one of these questions:
- How much will it cost?
- How long will it take?
In this post I’ll be sharing my answers to those questions, as well as an important follow-up question.
How much will you charge to create my website?
Before I give a quote, I ask a few questions of my own:
- What are your goals for your website?
- Who is your target audience?
- Are there any websites in particular that you like the design of? Why?
- What is your budget?
This last question isn’t a case of me setting the price based on your budget. It’s really about determining whether I can provide what you’re looking for at a price you can afford. If not, I’ll be honest and suggest some other options.
Once I have a good understanding of what’s needed, I can give a quote. I make it clear what your investment does and does not include, as clients often change their minds or come up with new ideas once a project is underway.
How long will it take you to create my website?
This second question is much more difficult to answer.
I’ve had relatively simple sites that took two years or longer to complete because my clients were so busy working in their business that they didn’t have time to focus on their business. As a result, they were unable to make timely decisions about design concepts or even finish writing their website content.
Sometimes it’s the exact opposite! I’ve completed sites for other clients, who had a clear vision and provided me with all their content ahead of time, in less than a month.
Most of the time, I spend about eight weeks on a new website, from start to finish. This allows us to work closely together and hold regular meetings to review progress and discuss next steps.
How can I ensure that my project is completed on time and within my budget?
If you’re concerned about getting value for your investment and not waiting forever for your site to be completed, I recommend that you read How to Communicate Effectively with Your Web Designer before you even begin making inquiries. Not only will you get a more accurate cost estimate, you’ll reap the benefit of a much quicker turnaround time!
What was your biggest hurdle when you were planning your website?
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I eliminate stress for my clients by hosting, monitoring, and maintaining their WordPress sites so they don’t have to worry about security, downtime or performance issues. When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, cooking, watching movies, drinking tea, and spending time with my family.