What is the cost of a website in Trinidad? If you are reading this article it is because you want to know how much it costs or why you have received quotes with such a large price difference to a point of not knowing how much a website really costs. Then you will wonder why there is no fixed price.
In Trinidad and Tobago I have especially seen that there are many agencies and people that offer the creation of websites, some have higher prices and others lower.
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What is the cost of a website in Trinidad?
How is it possible that a web designer can ask you $400 and another $1,200? Very simple, as a general rule the design of $400 will lack many aspects necessary to be a minimally acceptable website, and the agency or freelance that charges that price can be a person of this type:
- This is a designer who is just getting started and has no choice but to lower the price (little experience)
- The website you intend to hire will be created on free platforms such as Blogger, WordPress.com, Jimdo or Wix
- The design will be at WordPress.org (the best option today) but you will not be bothered in the least by hosting it on a quality server
- You can be a designer who only does web design without taking into account the slightest usability and conversion.
- This is a web designer who will not implement a minimum of SEO with which you will not be able to put your website on Google.
- It may require monthly maintenance because it will design the web in pure and hard html binding you for life.
- It will not take into account loading speed, subscriber acquisition and other Digital Marketing strategies
- The freelance or agency you intend to hire will use a poorly optimized free template that will give you trouble in no time
- The professional will work on a predesigned demo template and will work on it without the possibility of changes (valid option but watch out)
Paying $400 brings negative consequences in 99% of the cases, but if you have found a designer for little money that does not meet any of the previous points, you will have won the lottery because I assure you that nobody is willing to work many hours of work at so low price.
The reason is that a web page requires a lot of work from the professional. It is not only the web design, much more is needed and this comes at a cost.
I am a web designer and I assure you that a website is not just a beautiful design, nowadays if you want a website to convert and make you money you need to use many Digital Marketing strategies and apply it to it.
In this article you will see a detailed story you must pay for a web design so as not to take unpleasant surprises after realizing after a year that your website is not worth anything (I assure you that there are many websites for individuals and companies that are in this situation).
How much does it cost to make a good web design in Trinidad?
If there is something that is heard a lot in the field of Digital Marketing it is “it depends” and it is, it depends.
Hiring a web designer is not an easy task. If you do not know where to start and the online world is unknown to you, it is important that you go not only separating the budgets of those people who offer services at low cost, you must also know with which platform to create your website.
Nowadays the best option is to choose to make a web page in WordPress. WordPress occupies more than 30% of the Webs worldwide and the growth is amazing.
The main advantages of WordPress is that it is easy to use, there is a lot of information on the internet, the client can make their own changes in the future and it is fast and optimized to appear on Google.
Do not be fooled by free platforms, much less with WIX-type ads that paint the idea of creating a web page as something simple and professional. Simple it is, not professional at all.
FUNCTIONALITIES OF A WEBSITE IN WORDPRESS
There are many options and functionalities that a client may need and each website will require a job that will vary substantially in cost. WordPress offers the possibility of doing everything the client needs, but like everything in life, it requires hours of work to achieve the results that the client wants.
The customer may need any of these options:
- Corporate website: a corporate website is a simple website, with the typical sections of Home, about us, Services, creation of a blog or contact. This type of website is ideal for professionals or individuals who do not need subscription forms, payment gateways, logistics, etc.
- Ecommerce with payment gateway: if what you need is an online store, it requires a lot of work. An online store created with WordPress + Woocommerce will need to enter all the products in addition to configuring all the internal pages.
- Subscription forms: the use of email marketing is a good technique to retain users in order to sell. The integration of the different email marketing providers requires hours of work by the web designer.
- Private areas: there are clients who need a private area where users have access to courses, subscriptions, reservations etc … The design of these features always have an extra cost
- Multi-Language Web: Creating a website in several languages is almost like doing the web two or three times depending on the number of languages to implement.
- Real estate, membership platforms, budget forms…: this type of budget will be logically more expensive due to the functionalities it needs
There are 3 ways to do the web page design:
Design based on predesigned demos: A good option if your website needs something simple and it is one of the parts that I accept and understand that you pay for a web design with little money since the work that is going to involve the professional is going to be much less than a custom web design.
In my case I know that many professionals only need that and they have their website working perfectly designed and optimized for Google, but they have not had to spend the hours of a web design as it would probably go to 3 times more work time.
Template-based web design is a great way to pay for a no-frills design and perfectly validates for a lower price.
Custom-based design: As soon as a design needs more customization, you cannot expect to pay less than $400 for it. First, because although it may seem to you that the work is not so much to perform, the truth is that it requires many hours of work; and second, because if you find a professional who offers that price for a job from scratch, the result is very likely to be disastrous.
Although the result of the web is visually beautiful, it can be a real disaster and not worth anything
A corporate website with 5 or 6 pages is not the same as a website with many sections, menus, categories or subcategories. All this is a design job that requires manual and creative work.
Installation, configuration, and deployment on every page requires superior creative effort and manual work.
Not all web designers are SEOS. By this I mean that if you are going to pay to make a website that needs to get traffic and sell, you need to hire a professional who has a minimum knowledge of SEO and will deliver the website prepared to be liked by Google.
And something that I must also highlight, you have to make sure you choose a good correct seo service, otherwise it can be harmful to your website for many reasons, a bad seo service can make Google decide to ban your website from its search engines.
Why do you want a website if nobody is going to see it?
Example: Imagine that you have a pet store: I ask you, how much would you pay for a place on a very busy pedestrian street in the heart of Madrid? Much truth?
And how much would you pay for your pet store to appear in the first results on Google when someone will search for the term «pet store in Madrid»
This is achieved with SEO and is something that makes the difference between a normal web design and another with an SEO Friendly Web Design
WEB DOMAIN AND HOSTING
You have to know that when you are going to request a budget for a website, an important part is knowing how much you are going to have to pay for the domain and the hosting where to host your website.
The best option is not to host it on your own professional servers (even if they include it in the price), but on your own at quality hosting providers such as Webempresa, Raiola or Siteground.
A quality server costs a little more than the rest, but don’t make the mistake of saving yourself a few euros a year or you won’t sleep peacefully thinking that your website may have problems from time to time.
If the designer is of quality he will help you in the hiring of this type of services (it is very simple).
Maintaining a website costs money, but it does not have to be an obligation on the part of the client if he can make small changes and thus save himself a monthly money.
Imagine a website that when the professional gives it to you, you do not have to be paying maintenance every month and you can only change texts, upload new photos or make small changes.
A while ago this was unfeasible, you needed to pay mandatorily because templates were crafted with code from web developers.
Unfortunately there are still professionals who believe that making a website in html is the best option (for very large projects it may be) and this is a mistake because:
- Delays delivery to the customer of the web
- The result may not be as good as that achieved with platforms as good as WordPress.
- The client will be tied for life to make simple changes and if he decides to change professionals, you will want to throw the web by having a design created to suit the professional.
Now that you understand that not all websites:
- They do not require the same work and effort on the part of the professional.
- That you should not go to cheap web design.
- You should not take into account that your website has to be created with WordPress.
- You have to run away (unless you need something very personalized and big) from the websites created from scratch in html.
Let’s see how much a web page costs showing estimated figures.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO CREATE A MODERN AND PROFESSIONAL WEBSITE?
The prices are indicative and depend, as we have seen, on many factors such as the geographical area or whether it is an agency or a freelance professional, but they will serve to establish an average of how much a professional charges for a quality website in Spain
SIMPLE WEBSITE PRICE
The design based on demos I have already explained a little above that it is a good option if you want to find the cheapest price as long as the designed templates that they offer you are their own and are optimized.
If the corporate web demos with 5 or 6 pages are designed and optimized by the professional and you as the client have the texts and images, you can choose this option.
It is a quality website based on specific templates that require less work for the designer, being a very good option as long as it matches what the client wants.
Price: between $300 and $400
HOW MUCH DOES A CUSTOM WEBSITE COST
If the client needs a corporate website with x pages, with its own interactive design created from scratch after a briefing to define the tastes and needs of the business, the cost of the website will be much higher.
Talking previously with the client or taking a questionnaire is a good way to get to know the client’s tastes very well and to know the needs of the project.
From that moment a line of work is established where the designer will have freedom to do his work but maintaining contact at all times with the client until the result is as expected (I consider continuous contact with the client essential)
Personalized website price: Not less than $700
ECOMMERCE WEBSITE PRICE
Making an online sales website takes a lot of work. To give you an idea, it is about building a simple website but adapting it and establishing the configuration of the online store with all the options and implementations of the payment gateway, logistics, stock, etc.
Each new product that is uploaded increases the price due to manual work and optimization of each product page or category.
Price: Not less than $1300 or $1400 (for a website of approximately 20 products)
Creating a website in several languages implies it’s almost like setting up the website two or three times.
If the website were created with languages based on the Google translator (Google translate) the website would be a little more expensive than simple web design, but we are talking about a quality website with perfect translations and optimized for search engines. You cannot or should not use this option if you want your website to be well seen by search engines.
Price for making a multilingual website: Not less than $700 + 60% or 70% per language.
How much does a website cost for real state, marketplace, travel agency, membership…
From here the price can be increased as much as you want. With WordPress you can do almost everything that comes to mind, but in the same way, the professional’s head also has to work to implement everything you want.
The price of additions can vary greatly since you may need, a marketplace, an internal social network tool on your website, a membership to sell courses, private areas…
You can find prices that will make basic web design more expensive at $300, $600, $1000. $2000, $3000 or up to $5000 or $6000 if you want. The limit is set by the customer’s needs.
How much is a web page really worth?
We return to it depends. If your website is a local business, a small store or you are an individual who wants to digitize your project or business, a simple web design may be more than enough.
If you need something else you will have to ask for a custom quote now that you know what you have to take into account when hiring a web design service.
What I recommend is that you do not make the mistake of going cheap, look good and you should not neglect SEO and what will happen once you have the web.
If the professional has done a good job, the web will go alone in terms of positioning, but that does not mean that you abandon it.
Example: If you have a physical store in your city, wouldn’t you worry about cleaning, putting new products on the storefront, advertising for people to come to it, serving customers who enter with kindness?
In the event that you are going to create an online project you have to know that you have to do the same but on the internet and that there are many online Marketing strategies and many ways to attract traffic.
For this reason and so that you know how much a web page really is worth, you have to consider hiring professionals who not only give you a beautiful design that is rotten inside.
I hope you have already understood the reason for the diversity of prices and the importance of not getting carried away by the market offers.
Every client is different and not everyone needs the same thing. A good web designer will tell you what your project or business really needs and should be fair in charging for the work time that is going to require to create the web.
Never forget that the goal is for your website to sell and that does not mean wanting to implement everything and go for the lowest price, sometimes less is more.
A website is not a hobby, it can and should be an exceptional way to get visibility, get traffic, sell and make money, but to do this, you have to know that cheap sometimes is expensive.