This is a somewhat tricky question.
There is no exact answer.
There can only be estimated sums. However, you should get a pretty accurate picture of the information we are about to convey.
First of all, websites vastly differ from one another. This is only natural. Buyers have unique needs and requests.
They also have their own budgets that they have to respect. Sometimes, more funds just will not be available.
So, considering all this, pricings can range from a couple of hundred dollars to 10,000$. The gap is just that wide, depending on your requests.
Quality will be charged a lot more. There might also be recurring payments for maintenance. They can be monthly or yearly.
Usually, a quality web developer will cost you a few thousand dollars, with a maintenance fee of around 500$ to 1000$.
Try to keep in mind that these are rough estimates, and you should always have a good chat with an agency before making up your mind.
Costs of a website
Here are some of the extras you absolutely have to buy when you start your website journey:
- Professional Help – The website might be finished, but who will help you when a new problem arises? Your developing team, of course. This can range from 100$ to 300$ per hour.
- Domain Name – This is not extremely costly. Somewhere around 20$ to 100$ per year will secure a good domain name for you. Keep in mind that some domains are extremely valuable and expensive. For example, one-word names tend to be the most expensive.
- Plugins – keep your pages grow in functionality. And, man, do you need functionality? Yes!
- Themes – These are not mandatory, but if you feel like you want to refresh your website from time to time, you might want to consider investing in some. Prices range from 50$ all the way to over 200$. However, these are just a one-time charge.
- Security – You definitely want to have a secure online place for you and your visitors alike. You know the old saying, “Better safe than sorry.”. This feature costs around 200$ per year. A potential attack on your database might cost you a lot more, so you will be thankful you made this decision.
Now you have a pretty decent insight into the pricing in this industry.
Even a fixed price range can change if you ask for special requests, so take all this with a pinch of salt. Last but not least, the content on your website might also turn out to be expensive.
In the same regard as before, prices will greatly vary. You can opt for more casual content and pay a lower price, but if you feel like you only want top-notch audiovisual experiences for your visitors, you will pay a whole lot more.
When you feel like you have decided on a plan, make sure it’s worth it. You should stick with it for a couple of years. Otherwise, you would be overspending on unnecessary changes.
Of course, sometimes, your audience might be asking it directly or indirectly, but that is a happy outcome.
If they are so invested in your site, your conversion rates should be high enough to justify the new change.
Questions You Should Ask When Hiring a Developer
Most probably, you are not an expert in this industry. If you were, why would you hire someone to do it for you in the first place?
So, considering this, the communication between you and your potentially employed web developer is of utmost importance.
Sometimes, it might be hard to even know the right questions to ask.
We will cover everything important for you. Of course, feel free to add anything you find important if you do not find it in our list.
What projects have you worked on before?
This should be a no brainer. If you are not feeling like giving the change to an absolute rookie, an already enlisted web developer should have ready a background portfolio.
Take a look at what he has done before and see if the jobs seem to be to your liking. This should not be a 100% eliminatory question, but it still should weigh heavily in your decision.
How did you manage the deadlines?
One of the most important skills in all the industries in the world is to deliver on time.
Everybody needs to keep their work when it comes to the established deadline. If someone feels like the time is too crunched, then he should talk beforehand and not after.
An employer should always see not respecting deadlines as a loss of overall value to its company.
Can you explain to me in plain English what [insert tech term] means?
Yes, he should be able to explain it to you just like you were a child. If he can’t do that, then it might be too complicated even for him.
You might need to further explain things to other people that have to understand things in a non-technical manner, for example, planning future events for your website with your team.
Anyway, this test should not be too hard to pass for a well-spoken person and a true master of the web.
Name a website or app that feels annoying and unsatisfactory to you. Please, tell me why. ?
In this manner, you will be able to see a glimpse of his personal taste and drive. Of course, when it comes to things like these, opinions will be mostly subjective.
Even so, it is still important that a potential employee is to your liking for the wellbeing of the cooperation that lays ahead.
Can you find an error in this code?
Buy a code or have someone create it, then put your potential web developer to test.
Make sure that the code you are presenting as a challenge is not too easy but also not too hard. Have it relevant.
If he can find the errors and repair them, you can tick this question as a “pass”.
All of the above should be a pretty strong and accurate measurement in regard to the matter of hiring a potential worker. Always keep in mind that questions are subject to change due to personal wishes and the scope of the project.