Why a website costs that much

So you’ve found a website developer that you like. You talk with them about what you want with your site. Then they give you a quote for the project.

And you’re stunned at the price and start to wonder why it’s going to cost that much.

It can seem a bit jarring seeing the price of a website from a web developer or agency. But again, a website is an investment. A site that’s going to help your business is going to cost a chunk of change. But if it helps your business grow, then it is absolutely worth that price.

So to help put your mind at ease, here are some of the big reasons why that site’s going to cost you that much money.

You’re paying for time

So no matter what, with a new website you’re going to be paying for time. If you’re building a website yourself, you’re taking time away from running your business to build the website. And if you’re paying someone else to build the website, that’s taking time away from them doing other things as well.

Websites take a pretty long time to complete, especially if it’s going to be done correctly. My baseline timeframe for projects is around 60 hours and fluctuates based on the specifics of the project. If you’re going down the prebuilt theme route, that time is cut in about half or so.

Of course, you might be thinking that it won’t take you that long to do it personally, but you’re thinking wrong. How much do you really know about web design? How much do you really know to create a website that’s going to standout, even if you do use Wix or Squarespace. I’m not trying to guilt you into doing anything. I just want you thinking about those things.

Either way you go, you’re going to be paying for time one way or another.

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The right experience

Also, you’re paying for the experience of the developer and/or designer to build a nice, working website for you. You could be the most knowledgeable person about what your business is about, but that doesn’t mean you know a lot about web design and development.

Meanwhile, those of us that are web developers and web designers have spent years learning about these topics and honing our craft. It’s what we (might have) went to school for and dedicate our lives to. We know what we’re doing.

And that matters when it comes to a website for your business. You need something that looks professional. Sure you could do it yourself through HTML, CSS and JavaScript yourself, but do you really know what you’re doing with those skills enough to create an appealing site. And I know Wix and Squarespace are appealing options, but you’re at the mercy of their templates and looking similar to other websites, and if they shutdown, there goes your site as well.

So when you’re paying a professional web developer and designer to create your site, you’re getting people who know exactly what they’re doing to build you the best site for your business.

A working website

Finally, you’re also paying for an actual, working website. Again, it’s very tempting to look at things and think that you can do it yourself, either through those “build your own website” companies or plain old HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

But what happens when things go wrong? What do you do when you seem to paint yourself into the proverbial corner? How are you going to get things back on track.

That’s where the experience of a web developer to build you a site that actually works correctly. Again, we’ve done this a countless number of times. We know what we’re doing. And we can deliver that working site that’s going to last you a good, long while to get the job done.

So if you’re trying to figure out why that web developer quoted you that price for your website, this is what goes into that decision. There’s a reason you’re paying what you’re paying. And if you get the working website your business needs, then it will all be worth it.

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