Why I charge a lot for a website

Googling “web design price” returns so many price variations it would drive anyone — especially a newbie freelance web designer/developer — up the wall.  It’s not funny.  You’ll see prices like “$299 for a 4-6 page website,” $350 a homepage & $75/page,” etc.

This is cheap, but usually they’re also ugly because these websites use already-made, boilerplate templates, which, in the end, makes the website just like the 50,000 others already out there.

Designing and developing a website takes a lot of time and effort, especially if the person working on it has his/her reputation on the line.  Being a believer of “you get what you pay for,” I believe this also applies to web design/development.  You can either buy a Toyota Corolla (cheap and like everbody else’s car) or get a Ferrari (expensive but unique).

A passionate and good designer/developer would employ the following (at the least):

  • Best practices
  • Standards-compliance
  • Use optimal CSS/XHTML structure and adaptation
  • Compose professional-looking graphics
  • Create a clean, unique, and striking feel of the website
  • Be so detail-oriented as to having OCD (e.g. looks at pixel spacing)

I’m writing this blog not to preach or rant, but to share my experience and explain why I charge $1,500 and up to design/develop a website.  I’ll say it again, it comes down to “you get what you pay for.”  Heck, I put in a lot of time and effort, not to mention the time I’m losing from spending time with my family, to create that quality website.

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