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    Hatching_It
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    MatthewKeath, post: 217522, member: 3997 wrote:
    Not all all :) Websites are needed for all budgets. I used to service that level and have been slowley been moving my target audience over the last two years. They were too much trouble!

    Ditto. Businesses looking at under $1000 almost always expect stupid amounts of value because of Fiverr, eLance etc. They don’t understand that for quality you’re paying a lot more.

    I just can’t help myself though because I see so many businesses end up with a terrible website/solution built overseas and I end up offering to do something for a very low end cost. I don’t really make any money but it makes me feel good knowing someone got a decently built website!

    #1177619
    John Romaine
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    I’ve never understood why these questions get asked.

    • You wouldn’t call a mechanic and ask “How much to fix my car?”
    • You wouldn’t call a builder and ask “How much does a house cost?”
    • You wouldn’t call a cabinet maker and ask “How much does a kitchen cost?”

    Why do people take on this mentality in the digital space?

    The answer is ALWAYS the same.

    It depends on what your requirements are.

    #1177620
    MatthewKeath
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    John Romaine, post: 222930, member: 39536 wrote:
    I’ve never understood why these questions get asked.

    • You wouldn’t call a mechanic and ask “How much to fix my car?”
    • You wouldn’t call a builder and ask “How much does a house cost?”
    • You wouldn’t call a cabinet maker and ask “How much does a kitchen cost?”

    Why do people take on this mentality in the digital space?

    The answer is ALWAYS the same.

    It depends on what your requirements are.

    I will have one SEO please shopkeep.

    #1177621
    JohnTranter
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    MatthewKeath, post: 222936, member: 3997 wrote:
    I will have one SEO please shopkeep.

    You shouldn’t look at SEO, Word of Mouth is far more powerful.
    I know a cub scout troop that will walk around the CBD shouting “Matthew Keath” all day for a packet of smarties and a can of coke each. Bargain.

    #1177622
    Fiso
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    Hi,

    I have experienced the same insane prices and decided to go alone.
    I don’t have an E-commerce website, but I’m sure the process is the same. all you need to do is read a bit online and buy a team for WordPress e-commerce. and treat it as an ongoing project. if you are selling goods I recommend combining the power of eBay/amazon/Alibaba with your own efforts, to make sure you’ll get exposure from the beginning.

    #1177623
    Snakeman
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    Pay peanuts get monkeys – pay lots and you may or may not get monkeys.
    I know of people who have paid a lot and got great results and others who have paid …. and paid and lost squillions.
    The net is a can of worms at the best of time and for many who use it a means to make a quick buck by scamming others.
    All the best

    #1177624
    cloud9business
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    I personally think the question of price is the wrong question. It should be a question of value (within your budget).

    I’ve personally been involved in website projects over the years from $1k up to $250k. So how much should a website cost – who knows???

    The question I would be asking of anyone that is going to create a website for me is how it will give me the ROI I’m looking for. If they can’t answer that question then I’ll find someone else.

    So:

    1. What is your expected return on your website investment?
    2. What is the time frame to achieve that return?
    3. What is the maximum you are prepared to spend to achieve that return?

    Let’s say your maximum spend is $15k. Then don’t loose any sleep over why someone is quoting $25k. It doesn’t meet your criteria.

    Now you have 3 quotes. One is $5k, one is $8k and one is $15k. Which do you choose? Simple, which offering has satisfied you the best in terms of getting you the return you want in the timeframe you want. That’s the one to go with. It’s not relevant what the actual price is because you’ve already set your budget. It’s about the return not about saving a few dollars.

    #1177625
    Small business network
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    Hi,

    Alot of the prices seem high. If this is your first website and business i would look into http://www.freelancer.com You should get a good price here and you will be able to choose someone based on their previous work and ratings. I have had a bit of work done through freelancer and had great results. The other option i would suggest is to have a go at building it yourself through either Shopify, Wix or WordPress. you should be able to get a site up and running for $500 – $1000 if you try and do some yourself and use a freelancer for some design and logo work. I do think you get what you pay for and once you have an established running website and have learnt a bit about all the features you could spent more money on developing it further. Even better if you can get your website making some money it can pay for its own upgrades.

    Heres a website i built myself on WIX
    http://www.ozdealz.com

    All the best with it, i hope you do well :)

    #1177626
    MD Clean
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    Hey Amazon.com,

    I hope you didn’t spend more than $2.5K building your site…..

    #1177627
    RQ
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    BrisVegasGhost, post: 206785, member: 49907 wrote:
    I am in the process of getting quotes to have a website built.
    I will require to have credit card payments, paypal and shipping costs available to the seller.
    I will be updating stock and information on a regular basis.

    I have quotes ranging from $12,000 to $25,000. One company advised me to spent an extra $5,000 per month for online marketing.

    Has anyone had any experience in doing your own website? Some people have suggested the likes of elance, 99 designs, weebly and wix.

    All my quotes have been Australian companies and all correspondence has been done via email. Has anyone here outsourced to have a website built or have built it yourself?
    Cheers

    have you considered a hosted shoping cart? for startups, hosted services are better as you pay monthly and there are plans to suit all size of businesses.
    For a free trial all you will need is a domain registered.

    #1177628
    BrisVegasGhost
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    Well after all this time I have finally started getting my site built. I won’t name the company at this stage but the service has been average. The original turn around time for completion was to be 4 weeks. it’s coming up 11 weeks now and nothing to show. I had to pay the final deposit and the site was to be handed over the following week.
    There sale staff where so keen and convincing to get my business that they contacted me constantly. Now it’s nearly impossible to get in contact with them.
    I’ve spent 4k but they have added unexpected costs which wasn’t explained at the start.
    I’m just hoping the site is functional and looks professional when completed…that’s if it is delivered.

    #1177629
    JohnTranter
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    BrisVegasGhost, post: 241374, member: 49907 wrote:
    I had to pay the final deposit and the site was to be handed over the following week.

    Have they set up a staging site for you to be able to view their work?

    I have a feeling this is too late, but don’t pay them the final milestone until they’ve shown you a fully functioning site. (It should be on a staging site, it doesn’t have to be live)

    #1177630
    Paul – FS Concierge
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    bb1, post: 217514, member: 53375 wrote:
    My note to BrisVegas, just remember if you are offered a fixed quote of this nature, on the scant specifications you have supplied, you are goig to get the base bones of a skeleton, or there will be constant “”oh you wanted that”” lets add another $X dollars to the price.

    Absolutely spot on here Bert.

    I feel for BrisVegas because it is a lot of money to pay for having already having some hopes and dreams dashed.

    I hope it works out well for you in the end @BrisVegas.

    #1177631
    BrisVegasGhost
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    JohnTranter, post: 241377, member: 20554 wrote:
    Have they set up a staging site for you to be able to view their work?

    I have a feeling this is too late, but don’t pay them the final milestone until they’ve shown you a fully functioning site. (It should be on a staging site, it doesn’t have to be live)

    There is a final payment of 10% owing. I just received a link to the staging/preview site this afternoon after a few aggressive emails and phone calls. I still have to upload my products and info
    During the initial consultation I explained what I required the site to do.
    Site costs was$3995.And an additional $50 for cma per month

    I was charged an extra $600 for the programmer to set up the API for checkout. The courier company I used provided the API to forward to the developer.
    At the moment I only have paypal payment set up. I was looking at setting up credit card payment but the developer suggested to just use paypal for the time being.
    I have found the service to be pretty poor and lacking communication after I signed up.
    The sales team where excellent in convincing me to use them for the site build but customer service quickly deteriorated.

    The costs for the site set up seem reasonable to me…but I’m sure some would argue this as they are most likely more tech savvy.

    I can forward my site preview if any one is interested
    Cheers

    #1177632
    JohnTranter
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    For an e-commerce site, that seems reasonably cheap to me but I don’t know what framework it’s running on.
    (and to be honest, time overruns are very common in this industry)

    If I was you, I’d make a list of core functions that you need and create test scripts based on these.
    e.g. User can login, user can add a product to their cart, user can subscribe to newsletter if logged in.
    Make sure all the tests are positive before agreeing that the site is complete.

    And don’t deploy/pay until you’ve uploaded your product info and content. Example products are usually lacking in real world issues (large description text, no description text, weird prices, etc.) These should be addressed before going live.

    Don’t assume things will be fixed after the site goes live and you’ve paid (even with a maintenance agreement)

    I’m sure someone from the other side may offer other tips, I’m a dev, not a merchant :)

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