Without taking into account the amount of time and effort required to properly plan, research, photograph, record and write for a website, the cost to design and develop for the web is much higher than it probably was and it’s not getting any more affordable. The price of websites seems to be going up and up. Why is that?
Today, people and businesses want options, customization, and the ability to manage their own content — and rightfully so. Users (and site owners) have expectations for highly-interactive functionality, for mobile (or responsive) design, for bells and whistles and personalized experiences. Demands and requirements are more complex and expectations are much higher than they were as recently as two years ago. This makes our process far more laborious.
You’re probably used to (and enjoy) the experiences you have on million-dollar websites like Apple.com or Facebook or eBay – and you expect similar experiences for your own site’s visitors. Unfortunately, this comes with a larger price tag. This level of “simplicity” is difficult to achieve and takes time to plan, code, refine, and test.
The design elements that comprise the aesthetic face of your site are not just happy accidents. We spend time finding, creating and experimenting to arrive at the perfect textures, shades, palettes, flourishes and design treatments that will communicate most effectively. It is a designer’s job to consider details such as branding, themes, concepts, design flow, user interface, image manipulation, typeface selection, and more.
The elements that our design team spend more time on include:
The back-end is where the magic happens. It is the software behind the content management system, the e-commerce platform, and any other function you can think of. The back-end is what connects your database to your website. Each different web application connects to a database through programming languages such as PHP or Ruby. Each feature of a site can require anywhere from five to hundreds of files, and hundreds to thousands of lines of code, which must be crafted to perfection.
Some elements that influence the cost of development on your website include: