Budget for a NEW Wordpress Website

mmmail, Sep 1, 4:34pm
In the next month or two, it's possible, I will start work on a new Wordpress site - to include people signing-up as Members - what ball park figure, all up, would I be looking at to get a professional coder build such a site for me?

I would already have purchased hosting and have already secured the domain.

Site to include
Membership [Opt-in]
a "few pages" of content
a link to an external report
disclaimer etc
a member forum is a possibility, but likely a few months later, after the site has built its online presence a bit

Thanks in advance.

mrfxit, Sep 2, 10:34am
1st up, you need some template ideas of how you want the front end to look.
A good list of sample websites with notes on what you want changed for your "look" & concepts.
DON'T pinch ideas wholesale, but feel free to learn from other sites.

vtecintegra, Sep 2, 10:36am
You don't need a 'professional coder'. What you do need is a competent designer.

mrfxit, Sep 2, 10:39am
Yep, designer 1st, then a good coder.
Once you know what look/ feel & tools you want on the site, the rest can be set up to match function.

mrfxit, Sep 2, 10:43am
Budget . . . .
$200 to $2k upwards plus maintenance on demand.

mmmail, Sep 2, 11:39am
thank you to everyone for their feedback. much appreciated!

suicidemonkey, Sep 2, 4:22pm
$2k seems cheap. I got a quote recently for a fairly basic 5 page website without anything fancy, the average quote from 3 different web design companies was $6000. That was with me providing the content and text =/

mmmail, Sep 2, 4:31pm

mrfxit, Sep 3, 3:09pm
Sounds like they didn't want your business or have a very high attitude.
Good programmers/designers often get like that.
I don't have coding skills but can probably whip up a reasonable looking basic website from any number of free creation sites & easily available programs such as Adobe CS series.
Got a couple here from Wintech CS3 days that I should pop up online just for the heck of it to see how they perform now.

ross1970, Sep 3, 5:11pm
You can't beat this for front end wow factor .
It just doesn't get better than that retro 90's feel, an xtra.co.nz email address, and using tables for layout.

lythande1, Sep 5, 8:41pm
Wordpress is a DIY kitset. Don't pay anyone, or if you want to pay for a professional site, then anyone using Wordpress isn't.

mrfxit, Sep 6, 7:22am
Would probably call Wordpress a Simi Pro/ DIY system.
Theres plenty of other genuine DIY systems out there that are rubbish compared to Wordpress.
You still need a good understanding of general programming to build a good site with it & sort out any issues.
It's also favored by Google searches which is always a good thing to have.

mmmail, Sep 6, 12:40pm
I'm pretty decent [well, half decent] on building sites with Wordpress. it's just, like most stuff in life, it's a time/work thing and obviously, some people do site building all day, every day and REALLY know their stuff!

Thanks to everyone for their feedback.

mrfxit, Sep 6, 2:41pm
Yep & you can bet the full time pros have a lot of automated tools for setting up their websites as well.
You know, bit like the same system wordpress uses (only different)

newbie5, Sep 7, 1:21pm
put a job on fivver and get it done for $5 0or ask at the local university and see if there are any it students wanting to do the job

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