To build an affordable website, you have to first figure out what type of website you want. Keep in mind that there's no right answer. There's only a set of guidelines on how to get an affordable website. Here are some of the more popular types of websites
Let’s assume that you want an affordable 5-page website for your business.
Business websites are the most common types of websites that you’ll see online. These are the type of websites that are used by local businesses from Doctors to Roofing Companies.
Business websites will have web pages such as a home page, about us, a page about services or products, pricing, frequently asked questions, request a quote, testimonials, contact us and others. These page are just the most popular types but ultimately it’s up to the business owner to decide which of these they need.
Also your website is not necessarily limited to just five web pages, it’s just that the average is around five. You can get more then five web pages but it might affect your cost.
eCommerce / Store Website
Another popular type of website is an online store also known as an ecommerce website. The reason for this is because most of them sell products which require a transaction to take place. This transaction could paying with your credit card or Paypal. Now not all of them will have online payments. We've built websites for several clients where they only wanted to showcase their products so that the customer could call them or request their catalog.
An ecommerce website design is a little bit different then a business website. In a business website your quote depends on how many pages you want. For an ecommerce website your affordability will depend on how many products you want. If you're comfortable with using Microsoft Word or online tools then your webmaster can provide you the ability to add products yourself. This will help make it more affordable so that the website design agency doesn't have to add in those products. Just ask them to provide an itemized quote so that you can see the cost of letting them add in all of the products vs you adding in the products.
Custom Designed Website
A Custom designed website has not only web pages but also custom designed features such as members area, registration pages, downloads and more. These features require programming and maybe even a database. That's why a custom designed website requires a larger investment then a regular website.
A custom design can also mean that the overall look and feel is custom designed. That can be done in the above two types of websites as well.
Now that you know what type of website you want, you need to find out what other items can affect your cost.
Do you need someone to update your website or will you