Breaking Down Of The Costs Of Constructing Your Dream Website.

Breaking Down Of The Costs Of Constructing Your Dream Website.

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When it comes to building a website there are numerous factors that affect the total cost of the project. These factors include: Project Contractors; Staff Salaries; Software Licensing and Fees; time spent on the project and other business overheads. This article helps you, the potential website customer, understand whether an agency like Precipice fits your needs and what you are paying for.

Agency vs Contractor vs DIY

If you are looking for a website, you have 3 options. You can either hire an agency, an independent contractor or do it yourself.

When is DIY or “Do it yourself” a good idea?

Building a website yourself is no simple task. However, with the advent of website builders like Wix, Square Space and Shopify: building a website is easier than ever before. Gone are the days where you are forced to use an agency or independent contractor.

If you have plenty of time, know exactly what you want, are happy to write all the website copy (the text for your website) and you are budget conscious, then building the website yourself with a website builder is a good option.

When is hiring an independent web developer/designer a good idea?

Hiring an independent Web Developer/Designer is a good idea if you are willing to work closely with the independent contractor. You need to prepared to play the role of “Project Manager”. It’s also important to note that a Web Developer and Web Designer are two totally different skills that sometimes go hand-in-hand or aren’t mutually exclusive. Simply put, some independent contractors are just Web Developers, and some are just Web Designers.

Web Developers have the technical know how of the “behind the scenes” aspects of a website. Colloquially known as the “Coding”. Designers on the other hand, have a good feel for design and look-and-feel. Sometimes an Independent contractor will be great at both. Other times, the Independent contractor will skew heavily towards one or the other. Don’t hire a Designer and expect your website to be fast and performant, at the same time, don’t hire a Developer and expect the website to be beautiful.

When should you hire an agency?

People hire agencies because they have multiple experts with different expertise working on the project. For example an agency may have A Web Designer, Web Developer, Graphic Designer, Copy Writer, SEO Expert and Project Manager – all working on the same project.

Many agencies have a dedicated Project Manager assigned to your project, so the customer doesn’t need to play the role of Project Manager. The project manager is responsible for making sure that the project stays on budget, and doesn’t go over time.

If you want a website that performs well, looks beautiful, is fully SEO optimised with easy to read content, then hiring an agency is probably a good fit for you.

When shouldn’t you hire an agency?
If you are budget conscious and want someone to “put something together by next week”, then hiring an agency is not a good idea.

The Precipice Model of website building

Precipice was founded in 2022 by Ross Griffin. Ross started his career as a web developer. He then went to work in SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and Ecommerce. With over 10 years of experience in these fields he decided to quit his full-time job at a large Ecommerce company and start Precipice as a Fluid Marketing Agency. More about Precipice.

Overview of The Precipice Process

  1. Proposal
  2. Design
  3. Build
  4. Review

The Precipice Process In-depth

Step 1: Proposal
The customer makes contact with Precipice and Initiates the proposal process. Typically, a Precipice representative will sit down with the customer and try understand what their dream website looks like, pain points with their current website and other features that the customer might like to have on their new website. Precipice will create a proposal that aims to solve all these issues and create a website that the customer is proud of and is truly beautiful.

Step 2: Design
Precipice will have a design meeting with the customer. During this meeting the customer and a Precipice Representative will come to an understanding of what the website should look like. Precipice designs their websites from scratch exactly to the customer’s spec. We don’t use pre-built themes.

Once the design is complete it’s sent to the customer for review.

Step 3: Build
Assuming the customer is happy with the design, which they should be by this point, the build process is started. During this process Precipice will start building the website in a development environment. Once the build is complete, it’s sent to the customer for review.

Step 4: Review
During the review process the customer can request any final changes. Once the customer is happy Precipice will deploy the website.

How much can you expect to pay for a website?

Precipice websites start at R25 000.00 and can go up to and beyond R35 000.00.

It’s important to note that this entirely depends on the scope of the project. A simple one page business website might be cheaper than R25 000.00 and a complex Ecommerce website integrated with accounting systems might exceed R35 000.00.

And remember, you always get what you pay for.

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