creating your content
The third and final component of your website is the content: i.e. the HTML pages that you want people to read when they go your address. This component, since it is a blend of creativity and information and technology, is the most difficult to cost because it completely depends on what you want. Here are some examples from this (very-wide) spectrum of possibilities:
- Brochure Site: you can have a simple site, with a few static pages, and a pre-selected "look-and-feel" (theme) for $500-$1,000
- Billboard Site: if you need lots more pages or more active, updatable content, or a customized look-and-feel, your website development costs could move into the $2,000-$5,000 range
- Community Site: some organizations want a private site, where selected or invited users can log in and see information that is not available to the general public, and which provides forums or chat-rooms or blogs for those users to interact as a virtual community. We have done many such sites for our clients, and again the price varies according to design and function, but is usually in the $3,000-$10,000 range.
- Web Application Site: many organizations wish to facilitate their staff working from home, or they have offices in many locations, but want their information management applications to be centralized, online and accessible in a secure manner to all their staff in all their offices. Many different types of online web-applications are available (see organizational software section for some ideas). The ones we usually work with can be customized to your individual needs and processes. The costs for delivering a web application can range from $5,000 to $30,000 depending on a number of factors including customization and data migration.