Website designers the world over get asked this question a lot. And the answer is, “well that really depends…”
The cost of a website design is going to vary depending on your requirements. Think of it like buying a car, there are varying levels of specification and the more bells and whistles you add, the higher the cost.
Then the budget is going to vary again depending on whether you’re speaking to a freelance web designer and again from web agency to agency. Many website designers use template websites, this may or may not be suitable for you, it really depends on what you want to achieve online.
Whilst price is a big factor in your decision, it is also important to work with a web agency that understands your business and requirements, I guess you could say there needs to be chemistry. Spend a little time investigating different options, look at their portfolios and testimonials. If you’re considering working with a freelancer, you can get great results. Ensure you weigh up the pros and cons or assess what support you’ll need in the long term; you’ll know what is right for you.
Budgeting for a website design
Because every website we design and build is unique, the costs will vary according to the simplicity or complexity of your requirements, the functionality if you like.
The following diagram* shows that roughly speaking a simple, yet professional brochure website could start at around £5000 and as you add more functionality such as a blog, image galleries or social media feeds, it creeps up. You might then want to be able to change text and images yourself without any coding knowledge so include a Content Management System (CMS). CMS websites give you the autonomy to make regular updates yourself and avoid incurring further charges for updates.
Do you have lots of product categories and products to include with an online shop? Do you need to have your website translated into any different languages? You get the picture now.
*For representation purposes only, this is not indicative of the cost of our website design services. We always provide an accurate quote once we know your objectives.
While planning for your website design there are other considerations that you should bear in mind, for example:
- Photography : do you need to arrange a photo shoot for your team, shop and / or products. Modern digital cameras do help novices take better pictures but not professional pictures. If a photo shoot isn’t in the budget now you can look at purchasing stock images from various online libraries.
- Copywriting : unfortunately copywriting is often an afterthought in web design projects but a well designed website deserves great copy and it can greatly improve your return on investment.
- Your time : working with a professional web design agency can really take the pressure off but you still need to allow time for meetings, sign offs and populating your new website if that has been budgeted. Once your website goes live, being a good website owner is a challenge often under estimated. Think of it like joining the gym, you have get yourself there frequently to see results.
All in all there are lots of variables and considerations for any website design project. Above all ensure that your goals are clear and it will be a well-spent investment for your business.
If you would like to take about your website requirements please don’t hesitate to contact one of our creative website designers.
Sixth Story came upon the opportunity to work with a traditional British manufacturing company to give their brand a refresh. The brief was to take aluminium tube producer Spartal’s logo and give it a more professional and modern look. One of the key elements was to reflect the heritage of their company located in the Cotswolds. We were also asked by the client to make use of the AL in Spartal as it represents Aluminium in the periodic table of elements.
We decided on a rounded typeface with a slight vintage feel to it and highlighted the AL using circles (a tube looked at from the front) using greys to represent metal and green to give a feel of the Cotswolds.
The new logo gives the company a friendly, approachable look that visually represents the industry and location they work in without being too literal.
Sixth Story were thrilled to be selected as the agency to create and develop a brand and website to take this national brand forward. Gold Equals Cash have 14 high-street stores nation wide and it was time to give the stores an updated and consistent look.
From the branding and collateral, we then wanted to give them an online presence that created a friendly and approachable experience that backed up the great service you can expect from any one of their stores.
The new website features a calculator for visitors to get a quote for their unwanted previous metals, a real feat of coding! The prices are updated daily by the client ensuring they stay ahead of the curb and ahead of the competition! If you don’t fancy putting your valuables in the post, you can use the website’s store finder to locate your nearest high-street store.
The new brand is being rolled out over the next few months across the country, in the mean time you can check out the new site at www.goldequalscash.co.uk
In September this year we were delighted to be chosen to rebrand the St Barnabas Church Centre in Erdington. Five years on from the fire which destroyed the Church, the new lease of life from its refurbishment is glorious and we’ve been lucky enough to see the before, during and after.
“Out of these ashes, beauty will rise.” – Psalm 147=3
The Church presents itself as a community space and really focuses on Christianity in a contemporary way, a stunning stain glass window has been created by artist Pippa Blackall as well as beautiful sculptures by Peter Eugene Ball. After a huge fundraising effort with more than £5million spent on restoring it, the 18th Century church reopened its doors last Sunday for a special rededication service from the Bishop of Birmingham. Over 400 people attended and the church stands to become a focal point for the Erdington community from 2013 onwards.
Before (glamorous hard hats)
The branding process was unusual one for team Sixth Story, rarely do we get to work on community orientated briefs. We went through several design rounds, presenting sketches and concepts to Vicar Freda Evans and Business Manager Paul Hanna. We explored themes that took inspiration from the Church’s story as well as the architectural structures.
The chosen identity:
Inspired by the story of St Barnabas and his travels, the logo uses the boat like shapes that are also echoed in the architectural features of the church. Bright colours capture the lively and diverse nature of the space, with the central cross still keeping close relevance to Christianity.
We will keep you updated in the New Year on how we roll out the brand across the St Barnabas branded materials and marketing.