website cost

How much does a website cost?

How much will my website cost to build? This is one of the first questions we get asked in meetings with potential clients. It is a logical first question, but not really something that we can answer after a quick chat.

To help make this more tangible, how would you answer if I asked how much a house costs in Washington, DC?

Based on a quick search of Redfin, a house in DC costs between $100,000 and $15,000,000. The average sales price is $589,000. That isn’t very helpful, is it?

Let’s refine our search a bit to only look for 2 bedroom condos in DC. Our range is still massive, with prices from $125,000 to $3,000,000. A myriad of factors such as location, condition, etc. determines the price.

Your website is just as custom as a house. We can give you a general ballpark based on our initial conversation, but the exact budget will depend on the features you need/want and on the exact specifications of those features.

This doesn’t mean that we ultimately can’t answer your question about how much a site costs, and build you something within your budget (link to How to Build a Website in Your Budget). We can, it just requires that we have detailed conversations with you.

Every project we work on starts with a thorough discovery and planning process (Link to Web Dev Process), where we nail down the details that will determine the cost of your site. How large is your website? Does it include any ecommerce functionality? Does it include any integrations with third-party systems? What features are must-have vs. nice-to-have?

Through these discussions, we can gain an understanding of your priorities and develop a budget that makes sense for you. During the development process, you will be in control of how we allocate resources, to make sure that your budget is spent on features that bring value to your users. (Link to How to Control Budget)