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How much to spend on website redesign?

what's reasonable?

     
4:16 am on Oct 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi I'd like to know from website owners who've redesigned their website how much money is reasonable to invest in professional website designers?

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5:21 am on Oct 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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As a professional website designer, now retired, all I can tell you is that I often spent over $100K of time on redesigning many of my sites.

You have to balance return on investment. For me spending $100K was a good investment. It was less than 2% cost of business, that equation will differ, so you need to do your own numbers!

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It can really vary depending on what is involved with your redesign. Whether the programmers have to work with existing code or create their own, or maybe you just want a cosmetic makeover.
I've hired all kinds of designers and coders to build quite a few sites now and I have found that it usually costs between $5000 to $7000 to get one of my ideas to go live, be making money and be bug free.
Even when I try to get a cheap deal up front I still end up having to hire someone else to do fixes and changes or add new features that the cheap guys weren't capable of doing.
The hardest part about these projects was finding the right people to do the job.
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Depends entirely on the size of the job - i.e. size and complexity of the site.

best, a.

11:31 am on Oct 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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How much would a person invest in buying a house?

Answer to this and your question is relative to the need, requirement and budget of the client you are dealing with.

In addition, almost all designers charge different rate for their work. It might be wise to first think about what is needed and then approach different web designers and get their inputs and 'add/edit' your requirements for the web site based on their suggestions.

I once saw an ad on the side of the road that said "5 Page Web Site Design for US$ 200.00" & I have heard about companies that have paid over 80k for web designing.

So in your case, the best suggestion would be, figure out your needs, visualize future growth, and consult different designers to get idea of how much budget you will need.

Hope this helps.

6:22 pm on Oct 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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you can go cheap by doing the rough page layouts yourself then hiring a full-time designer to fix your template(s). You might get away with doing it for a grand or two at $40/hr and alot of your own time afterwards. Outsourcing the grunt work overseas might be a good option.