Pricing in the General Web Design Market
Take a look at the conclusions illustrated in this chart from the study contained at http://blog.folyo.me/post/10723370923/how-much-does-a-website-cost
|KWD - Kirksville Web Design doesn't charge you nearly the going rate.|
Should the cost of a Google Site be as high as a typical website? No, not really. There is a lot less work that must be done to a Google Sites website because it is more efficient for the designer. I can't speak for all Google Sites designers but here are the factors that dictate our cost.
Factors for Cost
- Graphic Design Time
- Consultation and Training Time
- Coding of Gadgets, HTML, and Scripts Time
- Domain Name Settings (DNS) Setup Time
- Stock Images
- Domain Name
Finding and coding a new gadget can take me a couple hours (and pulling out my hair) - 20%. Everything else 5%, I would say.
How much is a Google Sites website going to cost me?
If you are paying a designer less than a $300, get references and samples of their work for quality assurance. If you are paying more than say $1,000, I would get quotes from several designers - don't get swindled into thinking Google Sites is equal to building from scratch.
Contract or No-Contract?
There really isn't much maintenance to speak of for a Google Site, and as said before, no hosting fees. Kirksville Web Design doesn't use contracts, though we tried it. I think its much more liberating for clients not to have a web designer on their payroll. However, if your designer is going to stay engaged with your website, that sounds entirely reasonable.
We have an hourly fee that we work under, $50 an hour. And I think we move very efficiently during that.