Many smart people do not like computers or are
just too busy to get involved with a website
project. If you find yourself in this
situation, and know you need or want a website, then
save the time and hassle and let Florida Web
Design & Hosting create and host it for you!
A website doesn't have to be flashy to be
effective Many pretty sites don't "sell".
We encourage you to shop around. Buying
website design is like buying a car: It
completely depends on the options you choose.
A very basic, simple, professional website
consisting of 2-3 web pages and nice graphics can
cost as little as $300. Average sites (5-20
pages) with some basic features (like online
shopping cart and reply forms) usually cost between
$500 - $2500. Elaborate sites that include
online shopping, interactive forms, databases and
other advanced features generally start at $2500.
And, then you have your Hosting Fees! Florida Web
Design & Hosting can beat all the prices listed
But we want you to find out for yourself, so
before talking to a web designer, spend some time
surfing the web and jot down the addresses of sites
you like -- and hate! This will get the design
process off to a quick start. You also want to give
your designer the addresses of your competitions'
Before you hire a designer, get a detailed
estimate that clearly outlines what you can expect
for your investment. Keeping in mind that design is
not an exact science, it is not unusual for a
designer to give you a range as opposed
to a hard quote.
Make A Plan & Research It!
Estimating the Cost of Designing
Your Website: When it comes to estimating your
design costs, there are three main factors:
1. Text (or "copy")
Don't underestimate the importance of good copy.
If you don't have well-written copy you'll miss the
mark with your website. Your existing brochures,
ads, and other advertising materials will provide a
copywriter good material to start with, but it will
undoubtedly need to be re-written or edited for
suitable website use. If you're a good writer,
you can save money by providing all or most of the
copy yourself. Provide the text on a computer
disk or via e-mail so the designer doesn't have to
type it. Virtually any word processor file will
This includes everything from photos to your company
logo to the buttons and headers on your web pages.
When you provide photos, they
have to be scanned and made into computer files that
can be placed on your web pages. It takes time to
get the color and compression right so that they
look good without taking forever to download.
(Nobody likes to wait too long for graphics to
appear.) So the more photos you use, the more of the
designer's time will be required.
Your company logo should shine:
Invest in a nice computer-graphics treatment of it.
It doesn't have to fly, glow or spin. It
should represent the professionalism and
personality of your business or group.
The buttons and headers are important, too.
Clip art is an inexpensive way to
spruce up a site, but has to be done right or it
looks corny and canned. Original art (created
especially for your site by an artist), animated
"gifs" (art files that move), and Java scripts will
usually add to your costs (from $50 to $500 or more
per piece) but can be well worth the money.
3. Page Layout
Equally important to the text and the graphics is
the process of laying out these elements in a way
that powerfully communicates the image of your
company and the message you're sending to visitors.
On average, you can estimate each page taking 1 - 2
hours of layout time. (This is in addition to
the time it takes to write and/or type text and
create graphics.) So a five page website would
be at least ten hours of design time, plus the
copywriting and graphics estimate.
So after you have shopped around and know what the
going price is, give Florida Web Design & Hosting
a call and We'll Make Your Day!
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