Okay, you paid your rent. And the utilities
have been turned on and are working... What's next? Well, how are you going to furnish
your place of business? On the Internet, this process is called web design. And just like
in a real world business, furniture (web design) is a matter of taste and budget, as
well as the image you want to present to the public. On the web, the cost of furnishing
(designing) your business will probably be less than the cost of a single advertisement in
your local telephone book or a three day run in your local newspaper. And you're business
will be available to millions more people than your telephone book or newspaper could
ever hope to reach in a hundred years!
The cost of web design can also vary depending
upon who it is that is doing the designing, and if there is any specialty work involved.
Specialty work can be digitizing video for the web, database work, animation, MP3's, audio
streaming, just to mention a few. In actuality, specialty work is anything that the web
designer is not specifically equipped to handle. As an example of specialty work,
one of the largest Internet shopping malls on the web, charges $100 per second for
Nominal web design is much less expensive...
just ask Johnny, the 12 year old kid down the block. He bought a new program and is
turning out web sites for all his friends at school.
Professional Web Design
normally varies from about $50 to $200 per hour. With an ethical company, that fee would be
determined by what they pay their employees, their overhead, their ability, their
experience, and other such considerations.
At Hart Web Company our base fee is
about $70 per
hour, and our staff is led by a Certified Web Master. (Our level of design
is equivalent to the $75 - $150 level of design of other professional
companies) When you deal with a Certified Web
Master, that assures you that Johnny, (Remember him? He's the 12 year old kid down the
block.) is not involved with the creation of your web site.
For those who decide they need, or
want, a Domain (Remember, think of a domain as an entire building compared to an
office or suite.) to conduct their business, there are also additional fees involved in
registering your domain name. This fee, and this entire process, is similar to what it
would take to register your business name with local, state, and federal agencies - so
that no one else can use your name. It protects your interests and guarantees you the
exclusive world wide web rights to your individual and unique business name. And like
everything on the web, it's much less expensive than the everyday business world.
Initial registration usually covers a 2 year period
and the standard fee is $70. (Our prices are lower because we offer
discounted Domain Registration) A fee of $35 is assessed every year thereafter. The registration
process can sometimes be confusing and involved so many companies offer to
registering for you. It is reasonable to expect to pay a "filing" fee of
somewhere between $30 to $50 when someone registers the Domain for you.
You should now have a good general
foundation of knowledge to begin to access the viability of getting on the web.
Be sure to learn other aspects of getting on the web by reading the available
articles on doing business on the web, listed here.