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One of the major questions that pop into any business owner’s mind is the cost associated with the website design and development. Every business owner wants their website to look great but with minimum expenditure of resources. Here is a detailed look at what important costs should you be incurring when you decide to hire a website design agency in Dubai for your website project.
The preliminary stage:
Website design prices vary according to the required components of the website and the expertise level and popularity of your website design agency. Using a pre-made template does save you some bucks, but creating and maintaining a unique brand identity with a website design that is based on a template never comes easy. The cost you save here will be used to build your brand identity. Decide wisely!
Actual design stage:
In general, a website design process requires universal elements like buttons and icons and then, there are content specific parts. As for the latter, you can also provide the designers your own multimedia stuff that can cut cost of creation by sparing the cost to buy images and videos to go on your website design. Still, don’t overlook the need to additionally invest into integrating your multimedia into the overall website design.
Development cost to create any website depends on the website’s size and functionalities. What are the number of pages included? What complexities are there in developing them? Is there any integration of a content management system or a database server involved? Etc.
Apart from the number of pages, their content matters. Large multi-page websites, complex from the user perspective, can have simpler structure than smaller solutions with a bunch of custom elements. More advanced functionality without doubt costs more. Enhancing your business and enriching user experience, the following features will simultaneously raise the development total cost:
· e-commerce tools (shopping cart, payment processing)
· collaboration tools (forums, chats, contact forms)
· admin features (membership, user management, database reports)
· social media support (Facebook, Google+, Twitter), etc.
How about a money-saving tip? Getting started, define the functionality you need and split it into three groups:
· must-haves for today
· must-haves for tomorrow and
· nice-to-have features
The website is supposed to get the job done. Period. Trendy features will let the website look cool and similar to the popular ones, as well as make set-up costs skyrocket. Planning growth and focusing on the current needs, you’ll stay on budget. Besides, consult with the service provider on the changes in requirements: perhaps, there’s a more cost-effective option to implement a desired idea.
One of the most important cost involved in website development is testing cost. Usability testing will assess whether or not your website looks attractive to the users and will they actually be lured in to a sale on your website. In case your website doesn’t pass in the usability testing, you will have to tweak it a little to make it according to your target market’s choice.
Regular costs to keep in mind
A website is not a one-off buy. To enjoy it up and running, you’ll have to make regular payments, either for merely staying online, or for updates to improve the website performance and remain competitive.
The former includes regular payments for the domain name and hosting just to reserve a place for your website in the Net, as well as fees for SEO to ensure your target customer can quickly pick up your website out of many. Unless you are savvy enough to engage in on-site content improvement, link building, keyword research, and optimization, chose a quality service provider to regularly, say, annually, carry out SEO website audit and optimization for you. At the end, the decision to hire a professional website design service depends on you to go for or not.
Any professional design agency will definitely provide you the best possible solutions to your website problems but will cost relatively higher as well. But if you do the cost benefit analysis, I am sure you will get the answer that you are looking for.