frequently asked questions


How much does building a website really cost?*


The initial price is $90 per page. If you want a one-page website, it costs $90 to build. If you want a two-page website, it costs $180 to build. There are no hidden fees. It's easy math. Average costs, for a simple 4-5 page website, are in the neighborhood of $350-450 USD. Additional pages can be added at any time and generally are less expensive. The hard price includes getting to a point where the website itself is usable and manageable.


*IMPORTANT: The “base price” can be misleading to some, and discouraging to others. If your new website is built using a majority of content from an existing (older) website, your costs can be considerably lower. Likewise, if you do not have an existing website, but you can gather the majority the materials that you want to be included in the website (content/words, photos, etc.) ahead of time, this will also help soften the cost. Traditionally, the “real work” involves creating the content of the pages. This takes times – meetings/communications with you, compiling/writing content, photography, research and similar activities. The work (and time) required to gather the information for  a website vastly exceeds the work (and time) in designing a layout, scripting it and getting it on the web.


Organic SEO


Most people are interested in more than having a website simply "built." They want their website to be found in the search engines – and not on Page 20 of Google©. They want their website to show up in the search engines when people type in their queries/searches, and they want to be on Page One Google© – as close to the top of the page as they can get.

Our initial Organic SEO includes taking those steps necessary to get a website started on the right foot: competitive research, meta-tags, keyword relevance practices and installing your sitemap. We do not consider a website as "live" until we can guarantee the website have been indexed by Google. We make educated decisions when implementing your website's SEO.

Our initial Organic SEO does not (can not) guarantee the ranking of a website, but it does put that website in a very favorable place with the search engines. If you are shopping for a web designer, be sure to ask them if they include Organic SEO in their initial price. Some do. Some do not. And, some charge extra for those sort of things. The webstudio simply includes it in the base price.

Because you may ask, "Yes, you can lower the cost of an original website build by not including SEO with  it." This option can significantly lower the cost of the website – almost cutting the cost in half. It can actually make sense in some circumstances and situations. SEO is "one of those things" – very highly recommended, but you can add it on later.



What is included in the price?


Your website can include text and graphics (like the page you are reading right now). It can also include slideshows, photo galleries, linked (or self-hosted) video, online email/query forms, PayPal© Buy Buttons (and small PayPal© shopping carts) and other features. The price includes just about anything that you might find on any typical page on the web. We also install Google Analytics so you can keep track of what's going on well into the future!

View some of our active website projects and get a feel for what our websites look like and how they navigate. Most are fairly straight-forward and non-technical. All webstudio websites are "built from scratch." Each site is inherently unique. However, if you do see a website template, or someone else's website layout, that you like – we welcome the challenge of replicating that (look and feel) on your website.



What is not included in the price?


The price does not include data-driven or server-side includes, data-bases, file storage, or interactive third-party/remote-software processing. The majority of the websites we build are technically static. Probably ninety-percent of all small business and organization informational sites on the web are staticyou are in good company.

The basic price also does not include hosting, domain registration, Advanced SEO, social media or online marketing. We do offer those services, but they are not included in the base price. However, we do offer first-year shared hosting at no cost, and three months of free revisions and updates once your website is live.



Will I be able to make changes to pages on my own?


Generally speaking, “No.” However, changing some wording, or updating a paragraph, or swapping out a photo (or two) may be possible with a simple web-browser interface we can provide. It is suitable for some situations, but not really a great option for major updates.

We strongly recommend that you contact the web studio (or any qualified web professional) when making significant updates or changes on your website. If your changes/updates are minor (less than fifteen minutes per occurrence, up to twelve occurrences per year) the updates are free. More comprehensive revisions are charged at $35 per hour or part thereof. That cost comes with the assurance of knowing it is done properly. If you are planning on many revisions, or want to get more involved in having your website expand and grow, we suggest opting for a Maintenance-Development Program. This option is truly a budget saver for many.



Growing your website?


In some instances, simply having a few pages on the web is all you really need. The website becomes your online brochure or calling card, a quick reference point, a place for others to find you or to direct others to. If that's all you need, life is good.

You can inherently increase your website's visitor rate by including your website URL on any promotional materials you normally use – business cards, flyers, signage, stationery, and in our business emails. Be sure to do those things! You can also get involved in social media or email marketing. A basic site can receive tremendous traffic – simply by the efforts of the website owner doing what they normally do.

You may want your website to become a more dynamic marketing or advertising tool for your business or organization. Or, you may have serious aspirations regarding search engine ranking. These goals and aspirations change the game in a significant way. Achieving (and maintaining) rank in the search engines is seldom a once-and-done project. Our initial Organic SEO will really help can get you in the game. But, the web itself is dynamic. The finish line is always being moved – by your competitors and by technology. If you are interested in taking it to the next level, we recommend Maintenance-Development Options.


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