What Goes Into Website Design and Development Pricing

The development of a website inculcates many aspects that affect the prices on the market. Arriving at a price is one of the challenging decisions web design companies go through on a weekly basis. This is because of the competition in the industry. Not being able to come up with competitive prices for the services involved can mean losing a potential client or an existing customer. Prices may include development, graphic design, domain name registration and a web hosting packages, which sometimes include email hosting as well.

Some companies may not provide all the services mentioned. For example, a company may only provide development and will outsource graphic design to a third-party. Others may only provide development, graphic design, but not domain registration and web hosting. Further, others may provide all the services. Usually, the web design or development is one-off, but the domain name registration and web hosting will be a recurring expense.

This means you will either be paying for the service on a monthly basis or on a yearly basis. The choice is absolutely yours. However, some companies may offer a minimum sign up period of three or six months. In some cases, the company may provide maintenance and administration services such as web page or functional updates for a fee payable every month or year. This is very good if you do not have any knowledge and skill in web administration. It is very expensive to keep a staff in-house to do such a job, so an arrangement like that comes in handy for businesses, especially the small ones.

The question is how do these mix of services impact on web design prices? My experience is that companies which provide all the services usually give you a better deal. For example, the company I am with provides everything I need for my website. When I compare their web design prices with competitors, I realize that I am able to save money. Web design companies that outsource their graphic design to a graphic design company or do not have domain or hosting services tend to be more expensive. As I said from the beginning that has been my personal experience. It does not mean that others may not provide more competitive prices.

The reason why companies who provide all the services give better deals is that they are able to provide economies of scale. It is just like buying a product in bulk from a wholesaler and getting a discount. So when you decide on getting a website, I suggest you give these thoughts some consideration.