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  Post #1 (permalink)   12-13-2010, 07:24 AM
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How much does it cost to design a standard website these days? I plan to sell stuff onlilne.

I'm a blogger by background who uses a lot of free templates. Some well-known bloggers sell their templates for around $100. I don't know if that's a benchmark for website design.
 
 
 


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  Post #2 (permalink)   12-13-2010, 10:04 AM
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Well it really depends on what you're looking to do. Many people use Wordpress for their own main site as it can be tweaked out to no end. If you're selling things online, you may not need a custom design but rather maybe a template for the store software you're using. The type of software you use will determine the costs.

If you're looking at Interspire, there's about 100 themes included, and most are really good. The software runs about $2k, so if you need a design done, you can expect to pay $1500-3k on top of the software.

Other carts like Magento or X-Cart have many free themes which you can tweak, or inexpensive themes (just like wordpress runs free and paid themes too).

What type of software are you using for selling online, and what kind of end products? That information will help guide you on what kind of template and/or design fees might be involved.
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  Post #3 (permalink)   12-13-2010, 11:33 AM
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Well, you can buy simple HTML/CSS coded templates (that can be quite tastefully designed by the way) for less than $15, that is, if you know where to look.
 
 
 


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You run the entire range when pricing out templates - depends on your market and tastes. I've seen companies pay thousands for a standard website template and wonder to myself, WHY?
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  Post #5 (permalink)   12-13-2010, 03:28 PM
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With the economy the way it has been, there are plenty of designers offering dirt-cheap prices just to have some income. So cost really shouldn't an issue at the moment. What you need to worry about is the trustworthiness of the designer. I've seen so many people lately pay a huge deposit for design work only to have the designer disappear before doing any work.
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  Post #6 (permalink)   12-14-2010, 01:33 AM
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Thanks for replies. They certainly offer useful insight.

To begin with, I plan to sell digital products. I guess I'll have to do it my own blogger's way then. That is, to start with whatever templates I can find and tweak them. Wordpress allows that flexibility indeed.

Just a thought. A friend of mine who sells flowers online hired someone to do his payment system for him. Incidentally, this programmer did something funny and attempted to redirect the payment to his bank account. My friend was lucky that the programmer was not as good as he thought. The payment system didn't work. So, he investigated and was shocked at his discovery.
 
 
 


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  Post #7 (permalink)   12-14-2010, 06:44 AM
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Thanks for replies. They certainly offer useful insight.

To begin with, I plan to sell digital products. I guess I'll have to do it my own blogger's way then. That is, to start with whatever templates I can find and tweak them. Wordpress allows that flexibility indeed.

Just a thought. A friend of mine who sells flowers online hired someone to do his payment system for him. Incidentally, this programmer did something funny and attempted to redirect the payment to his bank account. My friend was lucky that the programmer was not as good as he thought. The payment system didn't work. So, he investigated and was shocked at his discovery.
Wow, that's pretty dirty. Did the programmer really think it would go unnoticed? I think it would be more than obvious if you received a few orders, yet zero payments for those orders.
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  Post #8 (permalink)   12-14-2010, 08:35 AM
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I've seen those types of setups before, but usually they would just piggyback on the order and send the credit card details to an alternate location. I don't want to point any fingers, but it usually happens with the "cheap" programmers from other countries.

Any decent shopping cart on the market these days already have the billing process built in, so you shouldn't have to worry about getting custom programming done for that end of things.
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  Post #9 (permalink)   12-15-2010, 08:48 AM
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I even heard of cases where designer asked too little and client refused since it's too low and offered to pay more. I guess clients with such nice manners are pretty rare these days and I bet they all were designers when they started.
 
 
 


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A couple years ago, I would have told you that website designs, especially the professional ones, can cost $100 and up...And then I came across some artsy people that I made friends with. If you have friends that know at least a little about graphic design and templates, they can make something for you, either free or very cheap. The designers I know used me as a guinnea pig while they they made designs to add to their portfolio.

For me, these are the best people to turn to rather than buying a design right off a website or trying to design one yourself if you aren't that good at it. The only problem is that it make take some time before your design is finished. Just depends on the person. One took literally months while another finished in a couple days.
 
 
 


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That programmer obviously thought his scheme would go unnoticed. But it did! That programmer has a very disturbed personal life. On the strength of the friendship my friend once had with that guy, he didn't send him to jail. He could have, but he let the guy go. Creep.

Back to my concern, I'm inclined to use free templates to the fullest extent that I could tweak them. Then I'll use third party payment systems. I got the affirmation from Tim Ferris, author of Four-Hour Work Week. Has anyone read that book?
 
 
 


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Our website design is based on an hourly fee, so it will depend on what exactly you want done. I've done simple one-page "ad for the business" sites for as little as $150, but really good sites with added things like shopping carts and such will of course cost more!
 
 
 


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Tim Ferris, author of Four-Hour Work Week. Has anyone read that book?
Not yet, but maybe I should - I'm working a whole lot more hours than that!!
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I had the pleasure of meeting Tim a few years ago at a conference. The methodology is very simple - take the stuff you can't do and outsource it to someone else who can. Then take the stuff you don't like to do, outsource it. Then take the stuff that's repetitive, and outsource it. Then finally, take the stuff you don't WANT to do, and outsource that.

Eventually you end up being just a paper pusher who only manages the end result of things and you have secondary controls in place to check things off before final aproval by you.

He is a very good public speaker, his book has sold like crazy and he is well versed in various languages and cultures.

Work smarter, not harder. Make your money work for you.
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Well, I believe in working smarter, not harder. And making my money work for me sounds good too. LOL
Unfortunately, I'm not rich enough to outsource all that, so if there's something I can't do, I pretty much have to learn how to do it. And the stuff I don't like to do, I just do it anyway. And if it's repetitive, I set up a macro.
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