How much should a website cost? This is like asking how much a house should cost. Like houses, websites come in all sizes with all sorts of purposes and options. And just like houses, you probably have a price range in mind. If you have never had a website or are just getting into business, your budget may dictate that you begin with an entry model. That’s not a bad thing. Websites an be modified, upgraded and expanded so you can grow your site at as your budget permits. Keep in mind that just like a house, if you don’t have some upscale features, you may not be in the right neighborhood.

In general, most websites start at $5,500 and go up in price based on a few factors: complexity, scope, and timeline. I’ll discuss your project and create a custom quote based on your needs. Complexity also applies to strategy—a design that looks simple for a site that has a complex sales funnel costs more than a site with no sales funnel. The scope of work also affects the overall price. The price quoted at the beginning of the project may not be the final price as changes to the scope of work (adding, removing or changing features) may result in the final project cost changing. Finally, the timeline affects the price. The price quoted is based in part on the amount of time I believe the project will take to complete. Delays due to failure on your part to provide content or feedback will result in a “holding fee” for each week the project extends past the timeline. If you have a tight deadline, a “rush fee” may be charged to complete the project in time.

What payment options do you offer? Company check and/or credit cards are accepted. All projects require a down payment of 50% to be placed on our schedule.

How long will it take to design and build my new website? This varies by client and website size. Generally, I strive to complete a website in 60-90 days, but it all depends on how quickly you provide content and how quickly you respond to sketches and proofs. I try to keep our sites on a firm schedule but I do understand that your clients and workload may alter the best laid plans.

Do you accept every client? Not every client is a good fit for me and so I may choose not to quote a job. As you and I will be working closely for several weeks or months, I choose to work with clients whose personality and work efforts are in alignment with my own.

Who is an ideal client for Pam Owens Design? Small to mid-sized companies with limited internal marketing resources are my target market.

Do you offer secure hosting for my WordPress website? Actually I only create websites that will be hosted on my secure hosting server. After years of experience, I have found that a managed WordPress server is best for my sites. It just doesn’t make sense to build a beautiful site and have it not function properly due to hosting inadequacies, or to see it get hacked due to lack of proper security. I will not build websites for other hosting environments. A website maintenance agreement and monthly fee of $30 is required for all sites that I build.

Can I update my website after launch? The beauty of WordPress is the ease of use it provides. Each all inclusive website design project will include one hour of WordPress training, so most clients are more than capable of updating and adding website pages as needed. Since some clients do not want to maintain their own websites, so I offer ongoing maintenance. If you want training and you didn’t purchase an all inclusive package, I’m happy to provide training at my standard hourly rate.

We don’t have a lot of high quality images so what do you suggest? There are a number of websites that offer affordable stock images for use in website design projects. Most images cost less than twenty dollars per high-resolution image. I can recommend a few website for finding copyright free images.

Where can I obtain WordPress training? I will provide one hour of free training with each all inclusive web design project. Additional hours are available at an hourly rate. In addition, the WordPress community is vast and there are a wide range of books, online tutorials, and classes available to help new users learn WordPress.

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