What do you need for a web site?

Note: The costs below are very generalised and may be subject to significant variation depending upon your particular requirements. Some costs are subject to VAT, but those relating to work by Quinze Development are not. We would be pleased to give you a more precise quotation.

Basic requirements

Three principal components are needed for an active web site:

Domain registration

UK Domains (e.g. www.mydomain.co.uk) are allocated by Nominet, the national domain registrar. For co.uk and org.uk domains the charge is £5.18 per 2 years. Some other domains cost more.

Quinze Development can arrange to register a domain on your behalf.

Web site hosting

You need web space on a server in which to store your web pages. When someone accesses your domain, they will be routed automatically to that server via your web site host, the company that owns the server on which your web site is located. You must enter into a contract with a host to provide this space.

Site hosting for small business sites cost from about £12 to £170 per year depending upon size (number of pages and, in particular, number of images), traffic (the use made of the site by visitors) and acceptable downtimes (times when the site is not available due to maintenance or faults). Substantially higher costs apply to larger sites with guaranteed availabililty. In some cases there may be additional set-up charges (typically £20 to £50) when a site is first created.

Quinze Development can set up a hosting contract on your behalf.

Site content

This is created directly by Quinze Development to the client's specification. All work is charged at an hourly rate, but as a guide, simple pages cost approx £20 per page, but more for setting up the first page of a site. A common template can be established to give all (or designated) pages the same corporate identity and layout and this can reduce the cost of subsequent pages.

Pages with complex layouts and transactional pages may incur higher costs. Artwork should be supplied by the client or may need to be subcontracted.

Database based content

For a site intended to sell or advertise products, it is often advantageous to use a database to store product information and then to derive pages dynamically from this database. Database based content is more flexible, especially where products need to be updated often.

Although database based sites involve higher initial set-up charges, ongoing costs can be much lower if an on-line facility is provided for clients to update products and other content themselves. Hosting packages usually include at least one free database so there is usually no additional cost at this level.

Shopping baskets

For businesses that want to sell products on-line, there are a wide range of options for adding customer purchasing facilities to web sites at an equally wide range of costs. The best option in particular circumstances depends upon the number of products to be sold and the number of transactions expected.

If just a few products are to be sold, these can be sold through standard web pages. For a greater number of items, however, or if customers are likely to make multiple purchases, the provision of a 'shopping basket' is to be preferred.

PayPal provides a 'free' shopping basket but this has some limitations. Information about products and prices has to encoded into individual web pages, so a database based system is required if maintenance costs are not to be excessive.

Other shopping basket providers charge monthly fees of £20 to £40 or more, sometimes depending on number of products, and sometimes annual and transaction fees too. Sometimes web hosting and a domain can be included (typically £250 per year) eliminating the need to purchase these separately.

Another option is to purchase shopping basket 'templates' at a one-off cost of £60 to £100. These incur no ongoing fees but will incur additional one-off development fees to establish the database and to incorporate the templates into site pages.

The appearance of shopping baskets is determined by the provider. Many may be customised to match the corporate design of a website, but this will involve additional cost.

Accepting payments

The financial aspects of purchases made by customers are handled by third-party secure sites such as PayPal and WorldPay. These require the establishment of accounts by clients and levy transactional charges in addition to any imposed by a shopping basket provider. Most baskets can be used with most payment sites.

Further information

Please contact Quinze Development for information related to your particular needs.

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