From the desk of:
Sam C. Chan|
June 1, 2004
This is a brief list of some of our web
development capabilities and methodologies.
The so-called "custom" web sites fall into 3 categories (typical
- Rubber Stamp sites ($50~$150):
Not custom at all! Purely canned template & generic design. Only custom
text poured. No discussions. Just submit the text.
- Semi-Custom designs ($300~$800): Special considerations for layout, color
scheme and general designer's touch, according to the purpose of the
site. Minimal client input, most decisions made at designer's
- True Custom designs
($1,000~$3,500): Detailed discussions on each relevant aspect.
Client-participated interviewing, strategizing and decision making sessions.
Formal Review-Approval-Adjustment cycles.
- Complete Identity Design
(logo & style, domain & email strategies,
- Theme & Layout Design
- Graphic Production
- Site Coding
- Security Considerations
- Anti-SPAM strategies
- Update & Maintenance
- Search Engine submit & optimization
- Cross-Browser platform support
(IE 6 & 7, Firefox 1.5 & 2.0)
- Font Embedding
- Goals & Objectives
- Budget Constrains
- Sample sites of likes/dislikes, and reasons why
- Contemporary or Traditional/Conservative
- Navigational Structure
- Size of Site
(no. of pages)
- No. of Products/Services
- Background Images/Texture
- Image Maps
(w/ optional roll-over effects)
- Slide Shows
- Flash/Shockwave clips
- Image Optimization
- Logo Designs
- Photo Manipulation
(technical & artistic)
- Photo Scanning
- Image Slicing
(security, efficiency, reliability)
- Virtual Objects
- Custom Maps
Special Web Features:
- Custom CGI
- Visitor Upload
- Chat room
- Searchable Databases
- Guest Book
- Custom Counters
- Message of The Day
- Smooth Scrolling Marquee
- Custom Calculators
- Custom Cursor
- Shopping Cart
- News Feed
- Site Search Engine
- SMS Gateway
- Sound/Video clip
- Custom ASX
- Photo Gallery/Album
- Animated GIF
- Flash elements
- Bravo ZoomPIX
Copy Writing/Copy Editing:
- Mission Statement
- About Us
- Terms & Conditions
- Tables & Charts
- Press Releases
- What's New
- Fee Schedules/Charts
Typical Costs for 3~8 Pages
Site base fee:
Design template, theme,
CSS, nav elements & structure, page layout
|Per page (average
Reasonable amount of text. Basic layout.
Feedback, request, application, etc.
Client-side custom programs.
Custom CGI Program:
Host-side custom programs
crop/resize/exposure. Basic layout.
|Each Custom Graphics:
layered objects, retouch, artistic rendering,
Sound/video clip, animation, flash/shockwave.
|Each PDF Page:
conversion/generation, no edit/adjustment.
Assuming standardized designs (with custom color schemes) with minimal communications other than initial turnover of required materials.
Client supplies all graphics and copy writing materials in ready-to-pour format. We make most of the design decisions based on professional opinions.
Any consultation on strategy development, clarification of concepts, training
(to perform your own updates, etc.), tutorial; and work on logo designs, graphic designs
& optimization, spell check, typo
or formatting correction of supplied materials, re-uploading, are billable at applicable standard hourly rates.
For more complex/advanced sites, this "canned" approach and cost model
won't work. The discussion would have to be broken down into the details
of goals & objectives, priorities, methodology, tasks, subtasks, and ultimately translated to hours & $$$.
Specifically, the per-page cost will be lower due to economy
of scale, but there will be a lot of non-page-specific expenses
incurred at all stages. For example, adding 12 simple pages may
cost only $50 total. Yet, adding just one particular graphic
element to an existing page might cost $75 because it requires a
redesign in layout and other aspects.
In short, the costs will reflect the actual efforts required.