So, whattaya charge?
That depends! Here are some factors to consider:
1. Project requirements
All projects have different goals and requirements. Is there a store? Does any custom coding need to be done? Who is writing the site copy?
I strive for quality versus fast/cheap. If your goal is to get a website for the cheapest price, I’m not your guy. There are plenty of DIY website builders out there that can yield a website much faster and cheaper than I can.
While I can work with most people’s deadlines, it is occasionally a factor. I’ll let you know if your timeline effects the quote for your project.
Things that I do (that others may not)
1. Responsive web design
This basically refers to a website being optimized for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Most web designers and agencies will sell this to you, which is great. It’s very important. It’s fairly easy to build a responsive website, but harder to actually optimize it for use on a phone. By “optimize” I mean both the content and the speed/size of the actual web page.
2. Site optimization
I optimize all site images, concatenate CSS and JS, minimize files, utilize caching, and more. This makes your site really, really fast. This is crucial for usability and Google has stated that it effects search engine optimization.
3. Cross-browser compatability
Like the previous point, this one is also easily overlooked. Your website has to work for all of your customers, regardless of the device they’re using.
4. Security and uptime.
I run my own dedicated virtual web server (thanks Media Temple), and I host most of my client sites on it. I take security and uptime very seriously. I keep your website software up-to-date and monitor traffic to keep your site safe.