The cost of web design work varies wildly. You could ask for quotes from 10 different designers and receive 10 completely different dollar amounts, ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. How do you decide what amount you should pay? Here are some factors that affect the price of website design.
Never assume that your needs are “simple” or should be cheaper than a designer’s standard rate. Some things look easy but are very complicated, while others seem like a big deal but are very easy to implement. Your site may only consist of a single page, yet that doesn’t mean it’s automatically cheaper than one with 5 or even 100 pages.
Simply put, designers don’t always price by the amount of time something takes. Your doctor can stitch a cut in 10 minutes, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t require knowledge, skill, and precision. Likewise, we have spent considerable time honing our skills so we can provide a niche and highly sought after service. As a result, adding things like forums, e commerce, opt-ins, memberships, and other custom functionalities will cost more money.
2. Your designer or developer’s skill level.
Yes, you can get a website for $150. No, it won’t be the same quality as a website that costs $1500. It’s like the difference between a bicycle and a Lexus. Both will get you where you need to go, but one is decidedly better than the other. Designers who charge more are providing you with expertise you won’t find at a bargain rate – and, in most cases, the benefits will definitely outweigh the added costs. If you automatically choose the cheapest option, you risk hiring a designer who isn’t as skilled.
3. How demanding you are as a client.
If you are the type of client who wants to email or call your designer 50 times a day, expect a million tiny revisions, and/or request things outside the scope of the working relationship, it’s going to cost you. Over time, designers learn how to sniff out “difficult” clients pretty easily; but if one sneaks through the gates, the designer will make sure they are compensated for the extra work. Please remember that designers and developers are people with lives away from their computers.