Welcome to part two of our exploration into the elements that affect the cost of building a website. Remember to take a look at Part one of How much does it cost to build a website for the full picture. In this part we look at indirect elements like hosting, domain registration and logo design.
Our chief want in life, is someone who shall make us do what we can. This is the service of a friend. With him, we are easily great.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Logo design and a website
You need a logo before you can have a website, unless you run your business as a sole prop, under your name and think nothing of a mix and match approach to colours and fonts. This does not look very professional but many do-it-yourselfers, seem to think it is fine.
Tech Warrior has evolved a sequence of processes that endeavour to eliminate some of the back-and-forth communications with customers, mainly because no one really has time to have six or seven meetings around the type of font your logo should have.
This is why Tech Warrior has created a document work flow so we can reduce the time it takes to deliver logo concepts to our clients. The cost is reduced substantially mainly because we’re not having to set up meetings and discuss all the changes. From start to finish a logo can take as little as a week to complete, however if the content document is lacking substance, expect the logo designs to match! As David Ogilvy said, “Give me the freedom of a tight brief.”
To host a website?
Hosting a website with Tech Warrior has a base cost of R170 per month. The more pages your website has, the more the hosting costs. We do, however, try to manage If you were to have a 51 paged website, the hosting would increase to R420 per month.
This topic fluctuates based on the client requirements, simply put if the client wants or needs more; the hosting costs more.
Purchasing domain names carefully is a very important aspect of owning a website. Having a website is an important part of running a business. Make sure you are the rightful registered owner of your domain name.
To secure a domain?
When you decide you want to build a website, ask yourself what the purpose of the website is going to be. Are people going to be buying products from you through an ecommerce website, or will your website just be an online portfolio displaying work you have done. Head on over to our learning hub and read this article it outlines the 5 steps required to get your website up and running.
I’ll touch on one of the topics the article briefly covers, the purchasing of a domain. If you imagine the entire internet as a humongous cherry pie, when you purchase a domain, you are effectively buying a piece of this “Internet Pie”. Depending on who you make the purchase with the price will vary, some local organisations such as Domains.co.za, Afrihost and Xneelo all offer domain registrations; companies such as GoDaddy, Wix and WordPress also offer domain registrations, however your domain will be suffixed with the chosen service provider’s name, like so, “secondhandjoburg.wordpress.co.za” instead of “secondhandhoburg.co.za”. The main reason for this is branding for the CMS, but you are effectively utilizing their server capacity which needs to be paid for in some way or another.
To put your colour palette together?
The colour palette’s Tech Warrior creates are all done in conjunction with the client as a way to maximise customer satisfaction from start to finish. If you already have a logo developed, we’ll use colours from the logo to create brand consistency.
Once a deposit has been received for the requested work we’ll generate a colour palette and subsequently a logo to match. As the South African colloquial adage goes, “nothing for mahala’.
As you can see, there are a few costs involved with getting a website developed from domain registration to logo illustration. Depending on who you choose to develop your website costs will vary, the main objective is to try and not have the wool pulled over your eyes. That’s the purpose of Tech Warrior’s Learning Hub articles; we have an objective to equip our customers, new and recurring, with knowledge to help them make informed decisions.
As with anything, if you are unsure, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to assist!