There are many facets involved in the creation of a web design and the total cost depends on what services you require.
domain name - this is your unique address.
domain hosting - to make your website visible on the internet.
web design - can vary from just a few pages to hundreds of pages.
programming - to make your content "interactive".
other needs - a wide variety of services are offered.
STEPS TO FOLLOW FOR A CUSTOMIZED DESIGN PROJECT
Register a domain name. This is a yearly registration (multiple years also available) and can vary depending on the domain registrar. Affordable Web Design Ltd. is affiliated with a large Canadian based Registrar. The cost is CAD$25 for a .com, .net and .org, .biz, .mobi and .tel , and CAD$30 for a .ca. There are some cheaper domain registry websites out there, but you have to do everything yourself, sometimes on very confusing sites, usually with no support! So for the slight difference that sometimes is present in yearly fees, most of our clients much prefer to let us do it all for them!
Set up a hosting account. Hosting can vary greatly (most average between $10 and $25 a month). Affordable Web Design Ltd. charges CAD$10 per month for an average-sized website (may vary slightly if you have loads of videos or higher than normal file sizes), payable on a yearly basis (a non-refundable CAD$120 fee at the time of sign-up, for one full year, then billed on a yearly basis thereafter). This also includes full support, full nightly backup of your files and full email service with up to 15 email addresses set up at the time of initial setup of your account.
Have your website created. Affordable Web Design Ltd. is highly competitive among professional web designers, no matter what you need in your website. However, it is the cost of this step that can vary greatly, depending on what you want in a website. With Affordable Web Design Ltd, your website is a one-time cost only, and only further updates and maintenance will be charged at an hourly rate at the time you need them.. We offer custom websites starting at $1350.00, based on a 15-hour time frame for a good solid web design. This design includes the incorporation of all the necessary search engine parameters as published by Search Engines such as Google and is based on about 8 to 12 pages, and an average number of graphics. If you need more pages and/or have a lot of images, the time frame will in all likelihood be more. Check out our Custom Design page for all details.
Exception: should you decide to choose a BASIC BUSINESS BUNDLE, the package rate is $500.00 + tax and includes hosting forthe first 12-month period after the initial design, and a 4-page website (no credit for hosting portion of the Basic Business Bundle if hosting is done through a third party and not set up through Affordable Web Design Ltd).
CURRENTLY HAVE AN EXISTING DOMAIN NAME AND HOSTING SOMEWHERE ELSE?
Affordable Web Design Ltd. is still very pleased to create your website for you and you may continue your domain name registration and/or hosting with a third party if you wish. We do not force anyone to switch to us for domain name registration or hosting, although many of our clients find it more convenient to have everything in one place.
APPROXIMATE TOTAL COST
If your web design falls into the basic "15-hour" custom design parameters + one domain name + hosting, you are looking at approximately $1500 (plus applicable taxes). The web design portion is a one-time fee but the domain name and hosting are renewable on a yearly basis and are payable in advance for one year.
If the client desires more pages, lots of photos, or special programming such as an interactive calendar, content management systems that allow then to look after their own website content, photo galleries, catalogs, shopping carts, etc, each of these needs will add to the basic costs. Each "kind" of programming depends on what the client is wanting to accomplish, but Affordable Web Design Ltd. keeps all of those additional costs to the lowest level possible.
Please let us know your requirements and we will be pleased to give you a no-obligation project estimate.