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Feb 24, 2006 02:06 # 41995

charlie *** wants to know...

What do you charge for web design?

I've run into a few contacts who need to "build a basic web presence" in the last few weeks. Nothing fancy, just something about 5 pages long with a News page, Contact Us, About Us, Portfolio, etc.

So my question is what do you charge for web design? From what I've Googled there are two ways to charge: per page and per hour. I've seen charges from $100/hr to $300/hr, $75/page to $250/page.

I only have about a year's experience and I'm really only an "expert" in XHTML and CSS, so I know I can't charge much.

If you are from the Midwestern USA (or just the USA in general) I am especially curious about what you charge because you are more my peers more than anyone else.

I need to be able to tell my clients (both of them) a ballpark price soon, and I really have no idea what to charge. So please, any information/ideas would be helpful.

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Feb 24, 2006 23:59 # 42018

ginsterbusch *** replies...

Re: What do you charge for web design?

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I need to be able to tell my clients (both of them) a ballpark price soon, and I really have no idea what to charge. So please, any information/ideas would be helpful.

So for starters, 20 EUR / hour would be a good price. Per page is idiotic, because: What is a page? Is it one single HTML file? Is it one 'page' of the screen? That's something which is getting me angry for years now!

This 'page' idea is born out of the brain of promotion freaks, who aint know nothing about the web and how it works.

Professionals use per hour and per day pricing. I'd charge about 400 - 500 EUR for this. But that's me, who has to earn a living from this - you probably want to go down with price a bit ;)

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Feb 25, 2006 00:20 # 42022

charlie *** replies...

Re: What do you charge for web design?

Thanks ginsterbusch.

BTW I have a friend who is trying to start a business (something about recycling) and asked me if I knew how to do Visa transactions on the internet. I don't, but if you know how to do it, email me and I'll send you his email address. Just tell him you know me and he should be okay with it. I'll give him a heads up too.

Right now he is just looking for a quote. This might be a bogus idea, and my friend may have already failed or given up, but an email won't hurt. The business would be based out of New Mexico, USA.

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Feb 26, 2006 08:52 # 42047

eljefe *** replies...

Re: What do you charge for web design?

It won't be hard for you to learn. Start educating yourself on php. All credit card processing companies provide ways to connect using PHP. Essentially you'd bild a form, then a submission script that would send the information to their servers and wait for a success or fail message. Even pay pal will provide this functionality.

However it'd probably still be best to let ginsterbusch do it. If your friend is apprehensive, I live in Texas (however I have another job and don't need anything like this so use me as a last resort).

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Feb 26, 2006 08:56 # 42048

eljefe *** replies...

Re: What do you charge for web design?

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I charge 9.50 an hour....

Actually thats a lie, I'm employed on the webstaff of an organization run by my uni.

Most everything I've seen will do about 100 per page, however ginster has an excellent point. Depends on how well the customer can be milked and or how ethical you feel the milking is.

Remember they are looking for a "basic" web presence so don't charge them alot, and remember if you get slightly stiffed on the price compared to other companies, you now have 1 or 2 portfolio pieces that gives you leverage for higher prices.

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Feb 28, 2006 21:01 # 42085

Hawkeye *** replies...

Re: What do you charge for web design?

Well you could just as easily, if not easier, "milk" the user for all his money's worth per hour as well. It isn't like it is so much better as far as that goes.

Getting paid for the entire web site, given it is satisfactory to the patron, is probably the most "fair" way of charging. Though, nobody does it that way, and it only keeps you from getting more money, so nevermind.

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