A Common Question: How Much Will A Website Cost?

A Common Question: How Much Will A Website Cost?

Prior to setting up a website, how much it will cost becomes more of a question than its content or purpose. This subject bothers both a small & big business. However, it completely depends on the client’s budget & requirement; a ballpark figure cannot be given for all the kind of websites. Few websites are built on a new platform & few are just redesigns. Few are made on basic WordPress themes; few are made on premier themes. In this article, we will talk about the estimated cost per step involved in the development of a new website.

1. Domain Name: First and foremost part of website development if registering a domain name. Rates of domain registration may vary from one website to another; however, more or less it remains around $10/year.

2. Web Hosting: Every website needs a host where it can reside and show up when searched for. In layman’s language, a web host is a website home in the world of the internet; and every website like a human needs a home to live. So web hosting is inescapable. Prices for web hosting depend on traffic on website and data on the website. Rates for web hosting services may vary from $80 to $120 per year.

3. Planning & Development: Planning & development part of the website takes most of the time. Prices for development depends on numerous features like – the price of content bought for web pages; rates of graphics & images purchased for the website; CMS platform used & the price of a premier theme on which website is being developed. All these things may contribute to a starting budget of around $400 – $1000. Cost for a custom and unique design varies and it can be anything starting from $1000 for a standard 3-5 page layouts with no upper budget limit. For further customization on the website or other features added to the website, additional cost may be required. Outsourcing your work can reduce cost. Contact an Outsourcing Web Development Company today for a quote.

4. Website Maintenance: It is equivalent to flourishing a tree in its lifetime after planting a sapling. Just creating a website and hosting it not important; maintaining it in its lifetime, making important changes, updating the feature etc is equally important. A rotten website, though, will eventually lose its identity on search engines. Website maintenance, hence, also acquire good cost round about $10-$20/hr depending upon the time spent to update & the number of updates.

5. Website Marketing: Only opening a shop alone does not bring all the business required. Marketing is what brings in more awareness and thereby increasing sales. The same thing applies to websites. There are millions of websites on the World Wide Web. There has to be something different about your website so that audiences notice it. There has to be a marketing strategy which sits delicately and work on your website to make it better. This task may involve a cost of around $10-$15/hr

All the above-mentioned factors contribute the basic website development cost. Rest all depends on client’s budget & requirement.

A bit of advice here might help: If you are planning to spend a lot on a physical store or office set up, which does not give you any guaranty on bringing a positive Return on Investment, then spending almost 10-20 % of your budget on website development & marketing is undoubtedly a better option.

6. Web Development and Design Gigs: There is also an option available to select a pre-offered service in form of a package commonly known as gig. Here are some web design and development gigs

Outsourcing – What to Keep and What to Give?

Outsourcing – What to Keep and What to Give?

When you have decided to outsource, you must pen down your edge in business and rest can be outsourced. It can be any part from manufacturing the product, creating marketing strategies, accounting, HR, administration customer service etc. Do the part you love & enjoy the most. The work we love, we tend to put our heart in it.

Understand your business. This statement doesn’t mean that you don’t know what you are doing. Emphasis lies on all the intrigue procedures going on a back & front end. Doing homework on your business makes it easier to outsource at competitive prices and increases ROI. For something that worked 5 years back may not give you same cost efficiency.

Work yourself first then outsource. When you have already worked on a certain module, then you know it in & out and hence while outsourcing a part of your business, there is a lesser probability of getting fooled and better probability of increased productivity.

Spend time on market analysis. Before outsourcing, you can always look forward to meet numerous specialists in the market. This helps in getting a better quote and polished services. A compared study and analysis brings down the list of 100 specialists to only a handful. Task of picking up best of 5 is easier.

Become flexible. When you have given a part of your work to someone else, then be relaxed and let it go. You have already given a responsibility to third party with a promise of returns then embrace the results & not the tension of “if”, “whether” or “why”. You trusted third party & gave them business so now it is their task to yield the results for you.

All the things mentioned might be simple but it is always the basics that we tend to ignore while climbing up the modified version.

Difference between Magento Enterprise & Magento Community

Launched in 2008, Magento is the most efficient e-commerce platform just like WordPress & CMS. Magento is available in two different editions, Community and Enterprise version which is premium version. Both these version find their own importance as per the requirements of the business. Both the versions are equally good depending upon the way they are being utilized.

Community Edition

Offered for free, community edition is available to download on Discussion Forum and was created as open soft software. This edition can be customized by the users depending upon their requirements. Community edition is a state-of-the-art platform and usually small scale business take most out of it.

Enterprise Edition

Edition enterprise is premium edition and needless to say it comes with boosted features than Community edition. Endorsed completely by Magento Team, Premium version escalates a business to another plateau. It is offered by subscription and comes with Service Level Agreement and the plan starts at 14,420 USD; featuring some exclusive product enhancements and security updates. Premium version also offers a dedicated support to subscribers via phone or email.

Below mentioned are few of the major differences:

  • Cost

Community version is available for free and thus that accounts to be its USP and Enterprise version is premium one; mostly for big business requisites.

  • Security***

Keeping it simple, premium version comes with security updates. Precisely speaking, Premium version comes with a safer payment gateway and inculcates PA-DSS payment roll over which is required by credit card companies and banks, however, payment gateway for community edition security payment bridges. This counts as the most important feature for any e-commerce business hence this feature is a starred one.

  • Performance**

Now here we have a contradiction, let us say Irony! Community version is faster than premium version. Though free version can be loaded with adding extensions for an enhanced functionality, but it is not recommended otherwise. The point for performance is still earned by Community Version. A two Starred feature to look after!

  • Functionality**

Both Community and Premium version have the same core, however, premium version undoubtedly comes with advanced enhancements like minimum advertised price, call center software with assisted shopping, customer segmentation with targeted offerings, an enhanced catalogue and content management system, minimum advertised price, return management authorization, roll back of content and price and promotion permission.

How to choose the best one?

Undeniably both the versions are equally efficient and to select one might be tricky task as one might end up splashing out a lot of cash for something that otherwise could have been achieved in community version for free. All the above mentioned factors can be of great help whole deciding which one fulfills the requirement of your business.

Drew’s Frustration Drawn the Inspiration of Dropbox

dropboxlogo“Success is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – By Thomas Alva Edison.

Graduated from Massachusetts Institute of technology, (MIT), Drew Houston, 31 is a new member of Silicon Valley’s billionaire club. With Arash Ferdowsi, in 2007, Drew founded an online file sharing service called Dropbox, company now owns an estimated worth of around $10bn or GBP 5.9bn.

Journey wasn’t that easy for Drew as it never is for anyone, but the outburst of his frustration gave a shape to his ideas and outshined the world.

dropboxfounderWhile in MIT, Drew had this idea of creating an automated Gambling Bot to play real-money online instead of human playing poker, however, his automated bot never found an integrated line of well-functioning. This was automated idea of losing all your money as Drew calls it now.
Drew’s first serious idea was creating online course to help students prepare for college entrance exams, which needless to say was quite futile. This only added to his frustration levels. But it was this time, when idea of Dropbox was born in his mind.

Dropbox got his virtual shape in a bus when Drew was travelling from Boston to New York and had nothing to do for four hours. It was in those four hours the source code for Dropbox, an online cloud storage solution, was written by Drew. Though this code was only written to kill time, however, it was big success later on.

 

Even after Dropbox was coded, it took time to attract investors to invest in it but gradually it found its way and result of which is a 300 million user base.

What Makes a Visitor Navigate Away From Your Website

What Makes a Visitor Navigate Away From Your Website

What Makes a Visitor Navigate AwayA website is a window to any small or large scale business. While doing online shopping or surfing internet, downloading music or social networking, reading an online newspaper or filling up a form for any examination; a website is the first step to enter. A website is that crucial step for a business which can make or break the customer interest in the business profile thereby affecting or impacting the e-scalability for the business.

While surfing the internet, an extremely heavy website which takes a lot of time to download and show up is of not utility as time is a scarce resource these days. Altogether, a lot of unnecessary ads or pop-up windows while the website is downloading bring in an additional work of closing extra windows which hinders customer’s interest in reaching the target website. This might make a person change his or her preference about the website.

Myriad of images, or an extremity of text without images; some dull color schemes or extremely bright page layouts; difficulty while adding items to the shopping cart or slow response while check out might put a customer into doubt about the safety and security for the financial transactions on the website. This leads to the choice of other website.
A website with optimum amount of text, with usable and efficient use of images, with comparatively easy to checkout and user friendly interface holds the traffic, resulting in sales conversion for the business, making a strong hold in market.