Several factors affect how much you should budget for your new website. This post breaks down four of the top considerations.
Factor 1: How much of your website design project will you do yourself?
The first thing to consider is how much you are able to do yourself and how much support you are looking for. Clients who are looking to cut their budget may write content or gather and resize photos themselves. Others may create their own site map or support content implementation on the new website.
Clients who prefer a more hands-off approach may ask us to do this on their behalf. We are happy to work with clients on all the pieces important for a successful website. Budget of course will be higher for clients who need support on more aspects of the project.
Factor 2: How much customization do you want on your new website?
Another thing that affects your website budget is the level of customization you want on your website.
Are you happy to use a template out of the box? Do you just want to add your own photos and words? If so, this can be achieved relatively inexpensively using a website builder such as Squarespace or Shopify.
On the other hand, many clients come to us looking for a fully custom solution that can scale with their business over time. They may desire to have more control over the website design, or they may need special integrations for their site. If you fall into this category, you will probably need a fully custom site, which will increase your project budget.
You can learn more about key considerations affecting the best CMS for your project in our “Content Management System (CMS) 101” blog post.
Factor 3: How much website functionality do you need on your new website?
The third major factor that affects budgets for new website projects includes how much functionality your website needs. Here are a just few examples of functionality requirements your site may need:
-Ability to collect payment
-Social media integration
The more complex functionality that is required the higher your budget will likely be.
Factor 4: How many webpages and templates will your new website require?
The fourth item that affects website budget is how much content your website needs. How many different types of page templates will your site require? Examples of page templates your site may need include:
-Individual team member page
Additionally, the number of pages that will utilize each design template affects your website project budget. If you have thirty staff members instead of five staff members, this will cost additional money. Likewise, if your store features 130 products with several variants, this will be more expensive than a store that features 30 products with no variants.