Website Design

It’s not the 90′s anymore, and you don’t have to pay the price of a car for your website either.  Today, WordPress, an open source website application, allows for the quick creation of websites with literally unlimited customization.  Don’t be fooled into thinking WordPress is “template” based.  Instead, it’s module based, where designers and developers share modules that can be customized – reducing the cost and time it takes to complete a website. WordPress not only saves you money on your site’s development, if you choose to manage the web site yourself, WordPress is one of the simplest programs to use.  Creating a page on your site is much like making a post on Facebook, or writing an email.  You don’t have to be dependent on your web developer anymore!

We’re often asked how much a website costs.  Since a website is customized to your request, that’s a very hard answer to give for most developers.  Blue Marquee takes the consulting model approach; you pay for the time to develop your site, and nothing more.  If you have a budget or a dollar amount that cannot be exceeded, we’ll develop your site to your budget.  Below are some sample prices of websites you can expect to pay – and may be useful in developing your budget.

Basic WordPress Website

  • WordPress based website
  • Home Page and Contact Page
  • Custom Home Page Graphic and background color
  • Fully upgradeable platform and theme
  • Complimentary Hosting for 1 year
$125
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Tailored Design Website

  • WordPress based website
  • Five pages – with no limit on future pages
  • Tailored design to match your existing marketing material
  • Search Engine Optimization add-on application installation and configuration
  • Complimentary Hosting for 1 year
$500
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Premium Design Website

  • WordPress based website
  • ten pages – with no limit on future pages
  • Premium Design Theme from Elegant Themes
  • Contact form for email directly from website
  • Complimentary Hosting for 1 year
$750
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Fully Customized Website

  • WordPress based website
  • ten pages plus integrated blog
  • Custom designed Theme and Graphics
  • Paypal integration or optional e-commerce shopping cart
  • Complimentary Hosting for 1 year
$1250
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What can cause website costs to spiral out of control? Watch for expectation creep, the situation that happens when expectations rise as the possibilities become tempting.  For example, a customer may start off by saying, “I want a simple website.”  Sometimes when the website is close to completion, the customer delays completion for the desire to add a blog, or maybe integrated e-commerce, or they might want to continue to adjust the colors ever so slightly until it “feels just right”. Our goal is to meet your needs in as timely (and economically) a manner as possible.  We do however charge for time, so if you’re requests continue to drive the project into new directions, your costs will increase as well.  For most small businesses, we suggest starting with a $500 budget, and enjoying the full completion of the website.  After the site meet’s its basic purpose (an online location to market your business), then you can consider adding onto your design  to tweak it just right.