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How Much Should A Good Website Cost in 2022?

So... you are in need of a website upgrade.


Perhaps your business website is dated, inaccurate, or just plain embarrassing. But there are a million (literally) options out there for website design. How much should a website cost? What makes a website good?


The first step to figuring out a fair cost of a new website, in 2022, is to assess if the website work you need falls more into the design or development category.


WEBSITE DESIGN VS WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT

What is the difference? Do you need web development or web design?


We have a thorough, helpful info page dedicated to web dev VS design you can check out.


In brief:


WEBSITE DESIGN IS...

The look, the surface interaction, the layout, the colors, the graphics, the fonts, the copy - and how it all plays together in the experience of browsing a website.


WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT IS...

More tech and custom feature-centric including custom software needs and coding for specific website user functions & areas, or a design built completely from scratch via code.



WHAT ARE THE QUALITIES OF A GOOD WEBSITE?

"How I know if I need a new website?"


Here we are in 2022 - How do you qualify a website as "good?" This can come down to care, knowledge, creative and presentation want, and engagement needs. Just like clothing, office decor, music, and even food - presenting current and on-trend gives the signal that you are active, fresh, vital, and in touch with modern business and its needs.


A Good Website Should:

  • Look Professional

  • Readily Communicate What You Offer

  • Readily Communicate Who You Offer To

  • Be Very Easy To Navigate

  • Display Your Establishment

  • Verify Your Expertise

  • Have Current Styling Trends So You Feel Relevant Rather Than Dated

  • Convince Potential Customers YOU Are The Solution To Their Need / Want / Problem

  • Easily Guide Visitors On How To Engage With You


You May Need A New Website If:

  • You Or Employees Are Embarrassed By Your Current Website

  • Information Is Inaccurate

  • You Don't Look As Good As Your Competitors

  • The Style Doesn't Match Your Branding Elsewhere

  • Functions or Features Are Broken

  • You Get Poor Google Results

  • Customers Complain About Difficulty In Using Your Website

  • Your Offerings Are Not Showcased Well

  • It Makes Your Company Unappealing To New Hires

  • It's Old. It's Dated. You Haven't Updated It In Years.


You May NOT Need A New Website If:

  • Your Customers Could Care Less

  • No One Ever Looks For You Online To Verify Your Services

  • Your Website Is Never Used As A Referral Target

  • It Doesn't Matter As A Marketing Tool For You

  • It Doesn't Affect The Presentation, Engagement, or Growth of Your Business, At All

  • You Could Care Less


HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU PAY FOR A WEBSITE

Is it worth spending money on a website? Do you need a good website?


As you have probably googled, "How Much Does A Website Cost?" you have found ads for $149 websites and articles telling you to spend $50k+ to get a pro, custom website.


Sorry to back up that info but a wide website cost range DOES exist. There are a few things to consider when deciding how much of your marketing budget should be applied to your website build.


Those options include:


CREATIVE TEAM Freelancer, Small Team, Medium-Sized Agency, Huge Advertising Company, and all the bits in-between each of those.


SUPPORTING LOCAL vs INTERNATIONAL RATES Cost is greatly affected by hiring lower-wage overseas options, local companies who subcontract such VS all employees receiving fair wages for your country VS tightening in to your state or city to support your local economy.


HOLISTIC APPROACH vs PLUG N PLAY Some website designers or developers will work with you on styling, messaging, SEO-focus, business goals, etc. Others will simply ask you to give them your text and photos and plug it into a template then call it day. How deep do you want your web developer to go into your business, industry, competitors, goals, and the whole picture of communications with you (colors, stylings, fonts, photography, copy (aka text), visitor experience)?


CUSTOM vs TEMPLATE Do you want something created just for you, your customers, and your goals? Or do you want to look closely like others in your industry or others using similar, basic templates? Does this matter to you?


WEBSITE RESPONSIVENESS This is how your website adapts to changing screen size - varying laptop, desktop, mobile, and tablet spaces. A website which is beautifully responsive in all environments means 2-3 times the amount of time and budget to create.


DEVELOPMENT How much help do you need here? Do you have what you want/need to communicate with your content and messaging goals locked in? Do you need custom or advanced interactions or functions? Are you not sure what you need, at all, and need expert guidance through the process?


Once you know about all of the above, consider that a good website has many little pieces which must work together on both the front and backend on both desktop and mobile. Every element should be refined and purposeful to present a cohesive, "simple," and obvious experience for your website visitors. A good-looking, simple-to-navigate website takes the most expertise and time to create. Because good design and engineering is not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away.


Now, consider how many specifically-skilled professionals will be working on your new marketing space (i.e. your new website), the value of that space to you, and how long the process will take.


So, what is a fair rate for a business to invest in a new business website build in 2022?


You are going to get what you pay for.


$0 to $500

UNFUNDED START UP

A brand new, "I just had an idea!" start up using personal funds should probably build their own website on Squarespace, WIX, or the like. Or hire a junior freelancer or student to help you get something very basic up, to start. At this rate, there will be little to no professional development, design touches, clean backend tech, SEO details, creative rounds, or business development support.


$500 to $2500

MICRO BUSINESS with a little cash for marketing

You have customers, your offerings are clear. You are ready to have a website that doesn't look DIY. You can pay a web designer to clean up what you have or create a new one for you from a template.


$2500 to $7500

SMALL BUSINESS ready for an upgrade but nothing too fancy

You need your website to present more professional but maybe don't have the capital to dive in very deep on the business development, cross-site marketing messaging hone, or full custom design. In this rate range, you can get a next-level website which will not be embarrassing and have its tech and SEO tightened up.


$7500 to $15,000

ESTABLISHED BUSINESS ready to get serious

You need a professional business partner to help you get a custom website covering all the "A Good Website Should..." and "You May Need A New Website If..." lists above as well as developing a unique experience accurately repping your company, its offerings, and enticing visitors to take specific next steps with you via professionally refined site mapping, navigation, messaging, design, copy, and perhaps some minimal custom coding involved for that svelte, smooth look and feel.


$15,000 to $30,000

ESTABLISHED BUSINESS in need of high-standard, custom development

All of the above with a specialized team working on your project, really digging into your business from a business growth development standpoint, perhaps some specialized functions, features, or interactions conceived and strategized with a slick, refined design skin atop.


$30,000 to $50,000

MIDSIZE - LARGE BUSINESS with more advanced marketing needs

You are now working with an established marketing company and your new website is part of a multi-piece marketing strategy across various platforms.


$50,000+

MIDSIZE - LARGE BUSINESS working with an agency

Congratulations. Your business is thriving and you are handing off marketing to the big whigs working nationally or internationally with large teams of experts in many disciplines.



Google can guide you to a plethora of website development pricing opinions different from this list. And there are probably plenty of people who will tell you that you CAN get a professional website for $500 (please don't heed advice from your teen nephew or the guy at the coffee shop who says making websites is easy and he can do one in a few hours). Others will tell you that you can't get a professional website for less than $20,000.


As with all creative services - do your research, ask questions, read reviews. Figure out the aspects of website design and development which are most important and relevant to you and interview several options. Good luck!


 

Check out more details and another take on website cost on our page Web Design VS Web Development.


Want to talk to Lovage about designing a custom website for you? We thought you'd never ask. Book A Website Chat HERE.

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