Web design costs broken down and explained in detail

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WEbsite design costs explained

This question can’t be answered very easily and therefor I’ve compiled this page which will hopefully break down all the ins and outs of building websites and give you a better understanding of the steps involved to produce a working website.  

Some websites require additional features that need to be programmed into the back-end to allow for specialist functionality. In some other cases a lot of work is required to optimise for SEO. Some website rebuilds can also be particularly challenging to retain existing URL and permalink structures while completely redeveloping / designing each page by hand. 

So to summarise, there simply is no no one size fits all approach although if we’re starting from scratch and all art and copy writing are provided there is no reason for a 1-5 page website to cost more than a few hundred pounds. 

Feel free to fill out a quick questionnaire about your requirements and I’ll get back to you with a reasonably accurate quote. Or if you have prepared a brief, attach it to the form on the bottom of this page. 

But, how much?

Rough pricing breakdown

Small business site (1-5) pages

When it comes to website design, the cost can vary greatly depending on the level of service required. If you only need a basic website and plan to handle the hosting and marketing yourself without any external integrations, the cost can be as low as £250.

However, I believe that a successful website requires more than just a pretty design. That’s why I take extra steps to ensure your website is optimized for search engines and has fast loading speeds. These tasks are technical and require expertise, which is why my prices may be slightly higher than other web designers.

Beware of web designers who offer cheap prices but fail to take SEO and page speed into account. You may end up paying more in the long run if your website fails to perform as it should. At DOTJUICE, I believe in providing a comprehensive and professional service to ensure your website’s success.

£250 - £500 (1-3 week project timeline)

Custom larger business (10+ pages)

Larger more complex businesses might need specialist pages like custom posts with products and services that can be easily maintained from a CMS. This can often turn out to be fairly technical and time consuming not to mention the extra work required to make sure each page/post is optimised for SEO.

Once again, some “web designers” will resort to pre-built themes that may advertise to suit a particular type of business, but often fall short of expectations. A good example would be car dealerships or estate agents. 

Don’t get trapped using a theme that doesn’t quite deliver on your needs only to find later on that it can’t be changed without loads of expensive custom development. If you have a firm idea of what your website needs to do, then get in touch and allow a professional to build a website from scratch to suit your needs precisely. 

£500-£1500 (2-8 week project timeline)

e-Commerce web site

If you are looking to sell products or services online? Need an e-commerce web site that can take payments for virtual or physical products? 

Pricing for these kind of websites are largely dependant on your requirements. For instance, some e-commerce sites will have 1000’s of products with complex categories and filtering, while others may only have up to 5 products. Unless I understand what your requirements are, it would be impossible to determine the amount of work that may be required to set it all up.  Some website owners are happy to do the data entry themselves and in some cases it might be necessary to import your products directly into the database that your website is running on. I can take care of all these tasks as I’ve got a firm understanding on MySQL and server technologies. 

£1000-£5000 (2-8 week project timeline)

Interactive & custom applications

Not all businesses will have the same requirements, but if you wish to display your products or services dynamically without the need to update pages from time to time, then you might need a custom application that makes updating easy. These web sites might have front end forms to update and and save data with access controls to allow only certain access groups to see the forms.

Having an interactive website will help create a memorable user experience and therefor leave a good impression. It is also useful to make a mark amongst your competitors and stand out as a business that perhaps does things a little diffrently. 

£1000 - £5000 (2-8 week project timeline)

Proper planning prevents poor performance

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Domain name

Before you can consider getting a website, you have to choose the right domain. This is probably one of the most important decisions you can make and if you're not sure. reach out and allow us to help you make the right choice from the start.

Plan it out

It's always a good idea to have a brief ready even if it is only a draft or at the very least a wish list of pages and functionality. This will help someone like myself to determine from the offset if it would be worth both of our time to pursue things further.

Copy writing

On website rebuilds this is relatively easy as I can just copy and paste old copy writing but in some cases this needs to be produced from scratch. This is an additional service I can assist with but it is preferable if you write up your own page content in your own words.

digital artwork / logos

If you're starting out without any art work or vector logos, no problem. However it would be good to find digital vectored versions of your logo or branding to avoid paying to have these files redrawn to have them as vector files.

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