1. How much does it cost to build a website?
2. How well a web design or a web development process usually go?
There are 644 million active websites on the Internet nowadays. Today, having a website is extremely important for any type of business. Even these days, when you have website builders that you can drag and drop on your website, you sometimes still need a unique website designed by experts.
This post will summarize the 2 most common questions that you should ask when you look for a website design company.
How much does it cost to build a website?
The first question you always ask yourself when you plan to build a website for your business is how much it costs to build a website. All website agencies focus on different customers (startups, small businesses, or enterprises) and they use different engagement models (such as fixed price per project, project-based with each feature’s add-on cost, or hourly-based project…). Some websites are just your business cards displaying all basic information about your business, while others are complex e-commerce systems. Depending on your need, the website development cost will vary dramatically.
Designing a straightforward 5-7 pages marketing website with a US web design firm will cost you anywhere $30,000. In addition, building an e-commerce website or a fully custom web design will have no limit on your budget. The more customized your website is, the higher cost the project will cost you, and the longer time it needs to be built.
How well a web design or a web development process usually go?
Following a standard process for your website design project will earn a lot of advantages from improving your expectations and provide you with a better quality end product. Sometimes, the process will consume time with paperwork and extra time in designing and re-designing your website.
You and your web design company should identify the phases of the project and the key activities with their deliverables to help keep things on track and moving on. A good project management software will help you and your web design company communicate expectations and progress efficiently.
Normally, the standard website development process will be organized into 7 main phases:
1. Define your project scope
Every website project should start with goals and objectives. Normally, your web design agency will have an interview with you to understand your perspective and the purpose of your website. Normally, they will ask you some questions to understand what major features you need your website to have. Moreover, a software plan will be created to include roles and responsibilities in the project. For example, will your website’s content or graphics be provided by you?
2. Research and design your website’s workflows
Your website design company will do research to figure out what are the best practices and user needs in your industry. Figuring out the good or bad trends in designing will guide a good design choice for your website. In addition, this research phase will design what pages your website should have, what features, and the over architecture of the website.
3. Design your website in a beautiful UI/UX
For website designers, this is the area they are excelled at. However, that doesn’t mean there is no place for this phase to keep you on track. Starting with the deliverables from the previous phase, we can start moving from low fidelity sketching to higher fidelity mockups and finally with publishable images and media assets. In addition, make sure your website design can be viewed on mobile devices as well. Once the website design is complete and you are satisfied with it, the website development phase can begin.
Read more: Vanntechs website agency design process
Even you have no tasks in this phase, you should stay engaged. Keeping in close contact with the website development company will help reduce errors and issues later on. The careful documentation prepared in previous stages doesn’t always answer all questions that developers may have, and sometimes requirements can get interpreted differently than you’ve intended.
At this moment, the website development phase is completed. Your website design company will let you do a testing on the beta site. You will refer back to the design phase and compare it to understand what features are achieved and what is not. Your website development team will have a test team, who will handle all technical testing but major activities in this phase will be handled by you. Put yourself in your targeted audience’s shoes to understand what they should expect and what interaction they may have.
Now it’s time to go live. Your website design agency may have another team who will be responsible for migrating your site to a live server so it’s important to stay involved to ensure everything goes smoothly.
The work is not done after you publish your website. You should make sure to keep your website up and running. Some website design companies will offer their clients to maintain their websites by updating the platform frequently.
Making your website fresh is very essential. In addition, you should learn some SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques or you can hire an SEO expert or marketing agency to help you. SEO can help your website rank higher on the search engines and so, your website will be more visible to your potential clients.
Your website is the face of your company or organization. It’s often the primary way for your customers to meet you and decide if they want to do their business with you. A lot of people want to include unique interactions and the latest trends with some flashy techniques but based on our experiences, your website should look simple, with a little personality that delivers your business image to your audience. Sometimes, using a website builder application can help you develop a website quickly. However, if technical kinds of stuff such as migrating and configuring a server are not your taste, if you want to develop a professional and unique website, looking for a website design company would save your time, efforts, and money. At Vanntechs website design company, we offer affordable and high-quality design website development service which you can start with only CA$249.