The best way to get a precise cost for your website is to complete a pre-planning process with us. Thai will not only show you your investment but also give a clear picture of the pages, menu structure and allow you to start your content production - the words and pictures that will make up your website.
You may wish to check your current pages - it is often more than you think and free checker such this will give you the current page count https://sitechecker.pro/page-counter/
Integrations with existing systems such as CRM, stock management or booking system will add to the time and complexity of the project.
A highly experienced web designer is a well-paid role because these people make all the difference between a site that visitors leave immediately and a site that people are immediately attracted to and want to stay on. The world’s best designers gather at the D&AD awards - you can see some wonderful design and get inspired here: https://www.dandad.org/
A sole freelancer will be less expensive than an agency. A sole freelancer cannot have the range of skills that you get with a full agency team which will include: user experience specialist , designers, artworkers, , digital marketing experts and a range of programmers and developers. One of the best in the world is https://www.akqa.com/ If you can afford them, use them !
If you are planning a total revamp then you’ll want to plan for a new copy ( words) deck for the website and new imagery - photography, illustration or a mix of both. We offer copywriting services but not photography so you’ll want to budget for this. It is very important not to attempt to recycle the current content you have, this will defeat the objective.
Wix, Squarespace and other sites allow you to build your website yourself. They’re not free but they are close! Your investment is in your time. These platforms and the sites they create are not suitable for any serious SME in the UK. The websites are great to test a business idea but will be in no way suitable for businesses hoping to do extensive online marketing or offer rich user experience over many pages. They do also have many hidden monthly costs to be aware of.
Websites such as 99 Designs, Fiverr offer a really good service for small or start-up companies. You will meet a freelance web builder/designer who can offer good value. No one person can cover too many bases though so find out if they are more technical or more design focused. Again, these freelancers are not appropriate for a scale UK business seeking professional website build.
Small agencies often have a strong technical background and can create designs using templates. This approach has its place but sometimes can be limited by the template so be sure to find out what is possible first.
A full service agency will have a group of experienced professionals who will work as a team on your project. For SMEs in the UK wanting a business website this is the place to start looking.