Cost of website work with Applegreen
Below is a rough guide to costs. See also our Terms and Conditions page for more details on how we work together.
Website design and build
All of Applegreen's websites are invidually designed for the client and built using hand-written, browser-ready code. Because of this, the final cost of a website can vary according to a number of factors:
- the number of pages;
- the number, quality and provenance of images (they can be be bought from licence-free suppliers, ask Applegreen);
- whether you prefer to have complete control over the design or simply leave it to Applegreen;
- whether other platforms are to be integrated, such as a blog, Facebook, Paypal, Linked-In etc;
- how much thought you have already put into the structure, navigation and content of pages.
A basic three-page site can cost around £350-400. To that, you need to add the purchase of a domain name and the cost of hosting — Applegreen can help with this as well.
Applegreen charges a bit more for extra bells and whistles. Pictures that enlarge from thumbnails (see this example) cost an extra £50.
Your contact form can be enhanced with an image with letters that have to be typed into a box (it's called a "captcha" and it protects your contact form from spammers, see the apple wedge on Applegreen's contact page) costing another £70 — it is based on an image of your choice. A database designed to capture contact information (there's one here) would be designed to order and individually priced.
The addition of a WordPress blog or news page to a hand-coded website (see WordPress CMS) adds another £50 because of the extra work involved.
Clients are urged to give some thought to the design of their prospective website if they have strong views about design. There's plenty of advice on our design tips page and you may find the examples helpful. When a quote is given, Applegreen cannot keep choppping and changing the design and will begin to charge an hourly rate on top of the quote if this happens.
Applegreen does not normally charge for meetings with the client, only for actual website work carried out.
Updating your website is crucial to maintaining its relevance. Avoiding the pitfalls of out-of-date information is one of the advantages of the web over print: you can change your address if you move, you can allow the cost of your products to go up. Visitors expect website owners to take full advantage of this, and will quicly navigate away if their information is clearly wrong.
When planning your website, think carefully about how it can be updated, and who will do this.
Applegreen currently charges £25 per hour (no VAT) for maintenance. This is strictly timed by the clock, with invoices being submitted whenever £100 is reached unless agreed otherwise.
Last updated: September 2015