Whether you are starting a new business, or you have a business but you are looking to expand, upgrade, or refresh your brand, you’re probably thinking about your website.
Budgeting for a website can be overwhelming to those who haven’t had a website before, but there are a few important factors that you should absolutely consider when deciding how much to spend on your website and who you should hire to build or redesign your website.
A Look At Price
If you’ve decided that you do not have the time, or skill, to build your own website, then you’re going to have to put together a budget to hire someone else to build or design it. There are a number of factors you’re going to have to consider while you are looking for your website builder.
As you start collecting quotes, you’re going to find a wide range of prices. An individual website designer might charge you $35/ hour and another person or agency might charge $150 / hour or more. How can building a website possibly cost so little or so much? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why.
Building a Website: What Does it Cost?
Comparing web developers based on their hourly rate alone is not going to give you an accurate conclusion as to how much it will cost you to build a website. You want to make sure you do your research and determine the skill level of the website developer. For instance, someone who just started building websites and does not have much experience or lacks a number of specific skills, might charge $35-$50 / hour but it may take that person or agency much longer to build your website, thus resulting in a higher overall cost. An inexperienced web developer might not only cost more than a more experienced developer, but you may have to wait much longer for your finished website.
In addition to the cost and time associated with building your website, the skills and overall care of building the website is important.
Web Design or Web Development: Who Are You Hiring?
Another factor, besides just the hourly rate, to take into consideration when hiring someone to build your website, is what exactly are you hiring? A website has a lot of different components that have to be meshed together to create a finished product. For instance, you’re not only hiring someone to design the front-end of the website, in other words what your visitors will see, but you’re also hiring someone to develop the back-end of the website, what visitors do not see. The web development is the functionality of the website. It is the coding and logic behind how your website functions and looks.
In essence, your website is at the very least a two-part build. But, if you hire the right website builder, you are not just hiring a web developer. Because of all the different components that a whole website are comprised of, you are also hiring a project manager, a designer, the developer, a tester and a strategic planner in some cases. So, now when you are offered an hourly rate, what do you think you are getting for your money?
The Importance of Your Website Developer
When we talk about the fact that your website developer is not just a developer, but rather wears a number of different hats, it’s very important to consider who you are hiring to build your website. When you are gathering quotes, ask yourself questions such as:
- Do they have the skills to build the ideal website that I want?
- Can they design an appealing website in addition to a functional website?
- Will they test the functionality of every aspect of the website before it goes live?
- Will they provide guidance in the design of the website so that the most visitors stay on the website?
These are just a few questions to ask yourself when searching for a web developer for your website. You’ll want to consider that hiring a solo person may not be skilled in all of these areas, and even if they are, it may take twice as long as if you hired an agency who has an expert in each of these fields and can simultaneously manage the different aspects of the project.
The Choices if Yours
When choosing a website developer, you’ll want to take all of these factors into consideration. If you have any further questions about hiring a website developer, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with your questions. We can be reached by e-mail or phone at (973) 250-4995.