3 Steps To Get A Great Website Design Quote
Step 1: First find out what type of website you need.
There are 4 main categories of websites.
1) There's the 5 page business website. The sole purpose of this type of website is to make sure your customers & clients can visit it incase they need more information or need your contact information. It's almost like a Brochure but an online brochure that takes up 5 web pages.
2) Then there's 5 page business promotion web site where the goal of the web site is to market it online, get visitors, get leads and ultimately sales. The main point here is that you will in some way be promoting this website online.
3) The 3rd type of website is an eCommerce / Shopping type website where you have real products that you want to sell online. You customers would be able to add products to their shopping cart, pay for it online with their credit card.
4) The last type of website is ALL of the above. It's a custom website which can include almost anything. It's completely up to you what you want on there.
Step 2: Once you've decided which type of website then you need to find out what other features do you want?
1) Do you want the ability to change the information on those webpages yourself? Or would you rather the webmaster make changes to the website for you?
2) Do you want other features such as Email Newsletter Sign up, Contact Forms, Members area, Payment system?
Step 3: Other questions that you might want to consider asking (depending on what type of website you have)
1) What's the cost for setting up a website?
2) Who owns the website copyright, meaning whether you'll own the full copyright to this website or does the webmaster retain copyright?
3) How much time will be required to set and complete this website?
4) How will the invoicing work? (meaning do they ask for 30% to start then the remaining before the website goes live?)
5) What if a week or 2 after the website is complete you find that some visitors get an error that's the result of code that the webmaster did? Will they fix it? is there additional fee?
6) What happens if you decide to add more features later on that you want to pay for?
7) What programming language will they use? The reason for this is to make sure that your current website host supports it.
8) If you plan on hosting the website with the webmaster then what are the monthly hosting costs?
9) Are there any other costs involved? Often times if you're building a website that has credit card processing then it will require a merchant who charges monthly fee. So it may not be a fee that your webmaster charges but it's still a fee you need to consider.
10) What type of guarantee does the webmaster offer?
Keep in mind that there's no right or wrong question BUT asking these questions NOW will save you headache and problems LATER.
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About The Author
Sameep Shah runs
WebsiteDesignHouston.net where he hammers away B2B / B2C websites for businesses in and around Houston area. When he's not working on websites he's busy writing informational content. He was also recently sourced in an INC.com article.