If you want a quick site with just the basics. I install a theme of my choice, install basic WP plugins, set-up color palette and layout, add your logo, and maybe 1 or 2 pages with very little design.
This is the low end for a small WordPress site and I recommend budgeting a bit more. Includes minimal customizations, good design elements and a solid framework to expand and polish. We’re talking about 1 – 4 pages. Don’t forget about time spent on phone calls and emails.
This will get you a more thought out website (1 – 4 pages) with more attention to detail, better graphics, fine tuning of mobile versions, site (and server) optimizations for speed, better SEO, etc.
This is the minimum budget I would recommend for opening your store. You’d get a high quality Zen Cart e-commerce system with a responsive design, customized for improved conversions, custom graphics, etc. Most of my Zen Cart projects are in this budget range.
IMHO, this is the budget you should be thinking about if you’re looking for a high quality, well thought out website. This includes things like customizations, quality design elements, better SEO, help with content writing, email/newsletter integration, and about 10 pages or so.
This is also the budget you should be thinking about if you’re looking for a high quality, well thought out eCommerce site. This includes stuff like product imports, custom product sliders, better SEO, additional plugins, fine tuning of mobile versions, etc.
you see a design and think it’s all just a matter of applying a “look” to stuff that’s already there. In reality, that’s basically what’s going on.
In practice, however, things are intensely more complicated. Your website IS your business. What do you think it’s worth?
A quality web design…
requires a substantial amount of experience, knowledge and time to pull all this off in a relatively seamless fashion.
Responsive (mobile, tablet, desktop) design also needs to be considered on all pages.
Many times concessions are made. Good news is, I use themes (WordPress) and templates (Zen Cart) that have proven themselves time and again on all devices.
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