Some typical costs of a content-managed website.
Charges levied by web design companies for a fully content-managed service vary from £150 to £500 per month to maintain professional sites. This equates to between £1,800 and £6,000 per year plus VAT.
The prices opposite are from web design companies and represent typical industry standard charges for a fully managed dynamic website.
Even then, many companies will ask for 50% up front ("for new clients") plus extra money for - and I quote - "time involved arranging domain registration".
They will justify the charges by talking about all the technical stuff they know you won't understand: SEO, HTML, FTP, PHP, JAVA, SERVERS, RAID, HACKERS, SPAM, DENIAL OF SERVICE ATTACKS, and they will tell you about their secure data centre which has 24 hour security and emergency generators and UPS and how a badly designed website can result in your site being "banned fromt he Internet".
Clients will also be charged what amounts to an "unplugging fee" to prevent them taking their site to a cheaper provider. Recently a client who has just subscribed to my service was asked for £399 plus VAT by a web design company to "unplug" from their company and transfer their website to me. I checked the registration details and advised the client about ICANN rules and UK law. The result: the client was able to migrate to me at no cost.
All of this justifies their charges when, in truth, you are paying for their office, their car and their lifestyle.
My charge, by contrast, is completely transparent, all inclusive and fixed. There are no hidden extras - and, yes, that includes a data centre with "24 hour security, UPS and back-up diesel generators".
A recent email from a web design company advertising their reduced design charges - from £1795 to £895 (plus VAT).
This designer, like many others, uses the Wordpress platform because they can then use library plug-ins to reduce the amount of desgn work they do.
The Wordpress template is actually a blog platform and was not originally intended for use as a basis for websites.
The number of plug-ins and the amount of redundant code associated with the templates can slow down performance.
Most website design companies won't be pinned down on the prices they charge. Currently, the least expensive professional design costs about £400 plus VAT - without any on-going support or facillity for updating. This company charges £65 per additional page (with the reservation to charge more). Hosting is extra. My price is £2.00 per extra page per month (£24 per year) which, of course, includes the promise to update it as often as you wish for no extra charge.
With this design company the word "From" is prominent.
£499 plus VAT gets you their "bog-standard" off-the-peg site - and you pay £20 per month for "support".
A mobile version of your site will cost you "from" an extra £299 plus an extra £20 per month plus VAT.
A business package with PC and mobile site, support and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) costs "from" £999 plus £40 per month.
Here's yet another pricing structure: a 4 / 5 page site for £775 (£930 if you are not VAT registered).
And here's what is not included:
All the items underlined in red I include as standard.
To be clear: my price for 4 pages is just £30 per month - no advance or annual payment required.