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How long does it take to design a web site?

posted Aug 8, 2009, 9:29 PM by Regina Thurston Hall   [ updated Aug 9, 2009, 5:16 PM ]

It depends on the number of pages and the complexity of the pages.  Not all pages are created equal.  A page like this one is not considered complex because it utilizes a content management system and is mainly text, has few pictures, no flash, no video, no animation and no sound.
It also depends on your budget and your desired timeframe for completion.  Some peple want a website completed as soon as possible but are not willing to pay a premium to move to the top of the list.  Most sites that are 5 pages or less are done in 2-3 days but we don't promise that because sometimes factors beyond our control arise or the client doesn't immediately respond to our questions or feedback.
Sites with more than 5 pages tend to have the other features mentioned or perhaps event an event calendar, shopping cart, e-commerce with extensive database, photo galley with lots of photos, etc.  Those sites take longer.

How much does it cost?

posted Aug 8, 2009, 9:07 PM by Regina Thurston Hall   [ updated Aug 8, 2009, 9:40 PM ]

Pricing for web design at Thurston Consulting depends on what services you are actually receiving.  Most people will say, I was thinking about getting a website and wanted a ballpark figure.  The reason we don't readily quote a figure is that people don't understand that having a website entails infrastructure, web design, technical support and maintenance.  Thus having a website and asking for web design are not the same thing unless you have the other components in place before you ask for web design. Most people don't have these elements in place; however some do.
Also, you tend to pay for web design one time only and the end product belongs to the person who paid for the design.   The other elements tend to have a monthly or yearly cost.
Having said this, expect to pay at least $100 per year to have a website.   Is it possible to have a website for less than a $100 per year?  Yes, it is if you have the knowledge to pull this off and/or don't mind not having full control over your website.  We are aware of those methods but we don't support them and only use one or two elements ourselves.  It is worth our while to pay a yearly fee for the proper infrastructure and technical support so we recommend the same strategy for our clients - just on a smaller scale.

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