A small website of 3-4 fixed (informational only) pages will take 2-3 weeks and cost $500.
An online shopping site will take 4 weeks and cost $650
Other sites somewhere in between
These are approximate and exclude the cost of logo, domain name and website hosting (see below).
NB These costs include SEO services.
What is the process of creating a website?
The steps in creating a website are:
determine the objective and scope of the site
produce an outline of the site content
start SEO by doing keyword analysis
produce content (using keywords) and obtain images and other media
design the site
develop the site and load content
test the site (loading time, linkages, content flow, etc)
finish SEO activity
What do I have to do (apart from pay the bill)?
determines the project scope
assists the developer in nominating search keywords
produces content. This entails writing text and obtaining media such as images and sound files.
Tests the website before it goes live
What happens after the site is finished?
After go-live comes site maintenance and content management. With either or both of these, a maintenance agreement can be made between client and webThemes. Or the client can call us on an adhoc basis and pay the service fee accordingly.
The content management (eg changing a block of text on the home page) can be done by the client, with some training. Or, as with maintenance, the client can call us on an as-needs basis. It depends how confident the client is with technology and how dynamic the content is.
How will I market my site?
This is the time-consuming part: any new website requires nurturing to be noticed. WebThemes stresses the importance of this activity.
Activities involved with this are:
Search Engine Optimisation
use of social media
writing very good content (useful, informative, concise, etc)
How do I get a domain name and hosting?
webThemes can help with this, though they are an extra cost to the web development. There are definitely good and bad domain names, so speak to us about it.
A domain name costs between $10-30 per year. Website hosting is $10-15 per month for a small business.
Does the design cost include my logo?
If you need a new logo, webThemes will charge extra on top of the development fee: between $50 and $150 depending on its complexity.