The short answer is, “It depends.”
It depends on what you want the internet to do for you and how prepared you already are for us to (re)create it together…
You can spend a few hundred, you can spend several thousands over time. I’ll help you determine what’s appropriate and cost-effective for you.
If you need an overhaul of your website then we’ll first evaluate and choose the right technologies that’ll keep you up to date. You can remotely watch the prototyping as we go. Then we’ll port over your current content without any significant disruption.
If it’s your initial website, I commonly suggest we go in stages. Stone simple at first, and coded so your site can grow with no fuss or do-overs.
Ways to get a quality website and make the internet payoff:
If you’re not exactly sure what you need or want, let’s put your site together in increments. First, we’ll build a very simple but good looking site that will get you into the search engines or better placed within them. We’ll build the site together, paid for with a periodic subscription fee. As with many services, its price can go down over time.
Be wary, it’s easy to bite off more than can be chewed, that is, over-build a website with too many features (for now) and then have trouble keeping it up. You don’t want “under construction” pages or features and functions that don’t work for lack of content (i.e. words, pictures, video/audio, freebies, products, et al.)
Basic Website Creation or Overhaul
If you have your content ready to go and all you need is a simple new “electronic brochure” telling your audience who and where you are, your hours, and how to contact you then a new site design could be under $500 for a unique, lightly customized WordPress website. You’ll get personal instruction on maintenance of your site such that you can continue adding content and pages. If you can modify a Microsoft Word document you’re fully qualified to update your site.*
Ongoing costs: Website hosting, $45/quarter, plus your domain name, typically <$20/year. Turnaround time: One to three days
* As a side benefit, I’ll show you how we can give you remote support as if we’re in your office together. Here’s a pointer to a great piece of software that can let us work together remotely and save everyone time and travel.
Fully Customized Web Development with Marketing Strategy and Setup
Emphasis on the most cost effective marketing channels for your particular business, industry, and locale. We can manage your marketing together or you can take over while we’ll stay available for any troubleshooting.
Entire business systems via the web
- Customer Relationship Management systems (CRM)
- Lead generation, data-mining
- Video for the web (including aerial drone photography/video)
- Employee training systems
- E-commerce systems
- Reservations systems
- VOIP telephone systems
- Design and maintenance regarding site security