Hi, and welcome to OurChurch.Com’s “Questions
and Answers”, where we have the answers to your questions. Today we are going to answer
the question, “How much does web design cost?” Hi, I’m Mark Steinbrueck with OurChurch.Com
and on this video I want to talk about what determines the price of a website. The most
common question I am asked when talking to someone about a website is, “How Much Does
Web Design Cost?” Let’s talk about what are the things that
go into determining web design cost. First, is it a consultative approach or the
cookie cutter process? Are you communicating only by email or just through a series of
forums, are you actually able to talk with the person who is building your new website?
Are you having live discussions to talk about the purpose, the goal and mission of your
website? If you are, then it’s more of a consultative approach than a cookie cutter process. Also
is your input being considered in the building process or the developing dictating what your
website will be like. If the web developer is dictating what the website is going to
be like then it’s most likely a cookie cutter process.
Number two, content mapping. A lot of people don’t know what content mapping is and it’s
certainly the process of listing or mapping all the pages that you will have on your website.
This is a step that most companies either don’t understand or don’t recognize the importance
and therefore leave it out, but it is a very important step for a couple of reasons. It helps the web designer understand what
the focus of your website will be. If you look at all the content of the website you
will be able to see exactly what kind of purpose or what the mission or the goals of the website
will be. It also is extremely helpful for you, the
client, to think about all the content you will need to create. This may give you the
chance to go to other people within the organization to start providing some of that content so
that when it’s ready to be entered into the website that you have it.
The number three thing that goes into developing or determining the price of a website is the
web design. Is it an already premade design or template and if so the cost will most likely
be much lower? If it is something that is designed from scratch then that’s going to
impact and increase the cost of the website. Number four would be the functionalities of
the website. If a website doesn’t have many functionalities or it’s very basic functionalities
or it’s more or less just like an online brochure that’s going to typically mean a lower cost
for the website. However, if you have higher-end functionalities things like better registration,
document management, online forms that can be filled out, shopping cards and things like
that, that often times would increase the price of the website.
Fifth is the content input. How much content is the web developer putting into the website
for you and how much are you putting in yourself? Simply put the more time that the web developer
has to spend putting content into the website the more he or she is going to charge you.
If they are not putting a whole lot of content in and you are doing that mostly on your own
that will typically keep the cost lower. Number six is training. Are they training
you on how to maintain the website or are you either expected to know how to maintain
the website yourself or are they going to be providing some kind of an online training
or video training? Here at OurChurch.Com with our build it yourself
websites, we have some online pages that show you exactly how to do things on the website
and as a result it keeps the cost lower but it is a more self-guided process. With our
custom sites on the other hand we provide full training as well as video tutorial training.
It’s more of a consultative approach and a more in-depth training approach and so the
cost with our custom sites are a little bit higher than those the build it yourself websites.
Number seven, support. Does the website include any support at all and if so how is the support
provided? Are they providing it via email, via phone, via Help Desk and are they doing
it by online or email support? Typically if you are getting phone support then that will
usually have a higher cost whereas if there’s online or email support only or only help
pages that typically will result to lower cost.
Lastly, hosting, email and domain name. Are they providing that as well? Is that included
in the cost of the website? So are you receiving email at your domain name, are you including
hosting as part of the package price or is that something separate and does it include
the registration of your domain name or is that something that you have to either buy
from another company or pay extra for? All these items need to be factored into the cost
of the website. In summary, here are the things that determine
the cost of a web design: Is it a consultative approach or a cookie
cutter process? Is there content mapping that’s included?
What’s the design? Is it premade or custom? What are the kinds of functionalities being
included? Content input, are you putting a lot of content
in or are they putting a lot in for you? What kind of training are they providing?
What kind of support is included? What kind of hosting, email or domain name
registration is included? I hope that you’ve found this video informative
and helpful. Please complete the consultation request form below if we can help you in determining
what we can do to help you achieve your goals and your missions online for your website.
Thank you very much.