Cost to redesign a company website

Subject: Cost to redesign a company website
From: Marjorie -dot- Borchard -at- acistmedical -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 15:11:55 -0600

We are redesigning our company website, and I am wondering if the estimate
from a vendor is reasonable. I'm hoping you web-savvy people in
Techwhirler land can give me some perspective on this.

To give you an idea of the scope of this job:

--We are redesigning an existing website of 12 pages (the number of pages
will stay about the same).
--The big changes in the redesign are: provide a new design/look; change
the sitemap/headings; add some existing or stock photos; provide a link to
a 5-minute video clip; provide links to some brochures and manuals in PDF
form; and add a password-protected part of the site for our customers.
--The password-protected part will include links for documents such as
customer bulletins and our manuals--we will not be doing any e-commerce.
Our "password audience" will be 500 to 1000 people.
--It's a business-to-business site (we sell products mainly to physicians
and hospitals), so while the site must be professional it does not have to
accommodate a mass consumer audience.
--All of the revised or new text content for each page is being provided
by me, not the vendor.
--The website code currently is in FrontPage. The new website will be
coded in straight HTML by the vendor, who will incorporate Macromedia's
Contribute, to allow us to make some future changes on our own. I and
others at my company have enough HTML experience to make smaller changes
when needed.
--The website will be hosted on a server at our company.

>From a vendor, who is a well-established multimedia company, we have
received an estimate of $10,000 for the website redesign, with an
additional $8,000 to develop the password-protected portion of the site. I
especially quesion the $8,000 because I'm thinking that with all the
websites out there using a standard password setup (which is what we
want), there must be some ready-made code that could be adapted for our
company--as opposed to creating the password portion from scratch.

Do you think these costs are reasonable? Thanks for any feedback you can
give me.

Marj Borchard
mborchard -at- acistmedical -dot- com



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