When starting out you’ll likely want to know how much it’s going to cost you. Usually I get asked quite quickly at the start of a project how much it’s going to take. I get it, you need to know how much to budget. Unfortunately, the answer at first is how long is a piece of string? Before I can tell you how much I need to first now what we are building.
It’s like asking “How much will it cost to build a house?” There are a lot of things a builder would need to know before giving you a price, just for starters; number of rooms, number of stories. Details would need to be decided right down to the fixtures. But, should you have a set of plans drawn up that gives you a lot of information to get a quote. Without plans its back to the ‘well how long is a piece of string?”. It is no different in web development, we need plans before we can tell you how much. By the way, a feature list is not a plan in the same way that a list of things you would like a house to have is not an architectural drawing.
On the flip side I know you need to know if you can afford the work. Fortunately, a lot of the time we can work to a budget – if we know it. That’s a tricky thing because no one likes to talk money. However, it really makes things a lot easier if we know how much you have to spend. I can say “We won’t be able to afford to build a 8 bedroom Mansion, but a 1 bed bungalow we can do”. See that makes sense, right?
So back to the point of this post; how much does a WordPress website cost? Well I present to you a infographic by Codeable. Codeable is a place for outsourcing WordPress work. It is not a regular marketplace ( you know the sort… ), it’s a selective platform where the experts are properly vetted. It’s more like a big agency.
Anyway, Codeable have this neat infographic that give you an idea of costs. Now remember this is a idea to help you plan. Every project is different as in developer rates and abilities. What it does give you an idea. Its often that both those new to development and clients tend to underestimate how long it takes to complete a project and to do it properly.
Human beings are terrible predictors of time, but the more you do it the better you get at really knowing how long something is going to take.
Take a note of the last bit, how long it takes to do things properly. If you don’t do things properly, it can cost you dearly in time, money and success of the project.
Finally, the infographic. Click below to go through to the original article containing the pretty awesome infographic.
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