Advanced Website Design

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Large-size business website enhancements
For this article our definition of “large-size business website” is a website consisting of up to eight main sections with the total pages not to exceed 40 (except in the case of e-commerce). There is no need for custom plug-ins or databases. 3rd-party integrations are minimal. For e-commerce websites, we could use an e-commerce solution like Magento CE or WooCommerce, no ERP integrations. If you need any of this explained, please contact us.

If you are the marketing or website manager in a larger business and you have been tasked with upgrading or enhancing your website then you know how important it is to have a reliable, full-service, online partner. We talk with many companies who want to outsource their website design and maintenance tasks because their internal team is too busy or not up-to-date with contemporary web trends and standards.

Larger companies with multiple branches or divisions typically have more complex websites with multiple sections and sub-sections of content. This means that the database and page templates can require more effort to build. If you need website enhancements, we need to determine if your existing website framework can be modified to achieve your goals. These days, most business owners want their website to be mobile-responsive. In most cases, we can only implement this functionality by rebuilding the website using newer framework. In a perfect scenario, we would be able to migrate the current database into a newer, responsive framework. If that’s possible, it will help to reduce the costs, especially if we’re not radically modifying website structure in the new version.

If the website is already mobile responsive or the current desktop version will suffice, then businesses are usually looking for ways to enhance their websites with a design refresh, add new content and/or improve conversions. These efforts can be successful if there is proper planning and adherence to the company style guide and coding best-practices. If we don’t need to rebuild your website then you can deduct about 50% from the estimates below. Our process is also very flexible and we are happy to work with our client’s preferred designer, marketing agency and internal tech team, if desired.

Website Breakdown:

Large website conversions to an out-of-the-box, mobile-responsive website with no additional enhancements:

Planning / UX – $1,200 – $2,400 *and up
Visual Design – $2,400 – $3,600 (some visual design elements will need to be modified due to mobile responsive specifications)
Content Support/ Migration – $600 – $1800
Programming – $7,500 – $15,500
Client Training / Documentation – $600 – $1800
Testing and Launch – $2,400 – $4,800

Total Cost: $14,700 – $29,900 *and up, depending on Requirements

Other Website Components and Costs

besides the main cost of designing and building a website, there are other costs that can impact your budget during development and on an ongoing maintenance basis. Following is a list of those associated costs.

Domain name – $10/year (or less)

Hosting – $50 to $100+ a year depending on traffic and hosting services. For example you may want to pay extra for regular website backups and extra security features.

License or cost of plugins: There are thousands of extensions, plugins, widgets, modules and applications that can add great features to your website at a low cost. In the old days we had to build these from scratch. Now it’s a matter of paying a small fee $0 – $300 or annual license $20 – $1,000+ and adding the feature to your website. Keep in mind that these plugins are mini-applications that have versions so at some point the version will “expire” and need to be updated. Updating an expired plugin can be simple as one-click or complex taking many hours of effort. Usually a professional developer will have to upgrade or update your expired plugin.

Continued website maintenance and upgrades: $1,000+ per year, depending on level of support and updates required.

Stock art: Royalty-free stock art photos and graphics can range from $15 – $100+ each depending on license fees and usage.

Marketing Your Website Online / SEO – $750 a month and up to proactively market your website.

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