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How Much Will a New Website Cost? – Part 1 (Introduction)

by Chris Pritchard General

This is a question, often the first, that all prospective clients ask. The answer is always the same: “that depends!” It depends upon what you expect to get from a website. Is its primary purpose to attract new customers? Will you be selling your products or services directly from the site – eCommerce? Or willl you do most of your marketing offline and just use the website as a source of information for prospective or existing customers? The answers to these questions can have a huge impact on the cost.

This is a question, often the first, that all prospective clients ask. The answer is always the same: “that depends!" It depends upon what you expect to get from a website. Is its primary purpose to attract new customers? Will you be selling your products or services directly from the site – eCommerce? Or willl you do most of your marketing offline and just use the website as a source of information for prospective or existing customers? The answers to these questions can have a huge impact on the cost.

This article was originally intended to cover all of the options, but it quickly grew into something of a monster and it became apparent that it should be split up into several smaller articles. So this is the first in a series of articles which, hopefully, will help you decide which solution is best for you.

Here at Datrim, we have built websites for under £500.00 and others that cost over £5,000.00. Naturally, the more expensive websites involved significantly more work.

If you have a limited budget and your needs are small, you may be able to use one of the many companies offering D.I.Y. Websites for £99.00. For some people this is all they need and it suits their needs and their pocket. However, before jumping in and signing up for one of these bargain websites, take the time to think how your needs may change in the future.

Most of them offer various designs using pre-built templates. You can customise the design to some extent: change colours, number of columns, etc. But you will always have to keep within the limitations of the template. If you think that your website will grow as your business grows, or you may want it to be more than just an online brochure, now is the time to plan for that. In a year or so, you may find that your needs have outgrown the capabilities of your website to expand. Now you will have to start all over.

Read part 2 of this series

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