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So I was just wondering what kind of prices do you guys charge/maybe even pay a coder to code a simple webpage?

 

 

I use to know how to code good but I forgot it all so I had to start looking around at coders so I want to see what a good deal and whats a bad deal.

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I think you should look at the freelancing sites to get an idea of what people are charging for creating web pages. Personally I don't do small sites anymore, so I can't really suggest a price point for a simple page. I usually create sites with more than 10 pages and my price starts from $100, hope that helps.

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Because I hadn't had any employment history or experience with web development, I was at an uncomfortable position where I was offered to do some programming work for my current company I work for (before I had a contract with them). It took ages for me and the boss to come up with a good price for me. It ended up being £15 ph for little programming projects. Which for me seemed a lot. I see a lot of people now though stick their nose up at that price.

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To be honest I've found that over the years most of my clients have asked for blogs or CMS implementations and I haven't charged or invoiced anyone to "code a page" for them in a very very long time.

 

In terms of web development I've charged between 250 - $5,000 for complete website implementations.

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You charge a lot because it will take a lot of time.

 

99% of people will tell you what they want and it will change 20 times before you get to the completed product, so you have to build in for that.

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When I worked on my former boss' website, I charged him $50 a day of coding/design (it didn't take long), and charged him an additional $25 every time I had to talk with the tech support peeps when he royally screwed something up server-side. I'm pretty sure I made more money fixing it than building it. 

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It depends on how you define "Simple Webpage" coz today's webpages are much complex than they might look on screen. Anyways, I will assume that the task involves what I do - manual conversion of the Design into valid HTML, CSS and maybe some of jquery (as most of the site today are want to have sliders etc). If that is not to be done in a responsive way, I charge around 100 USD per conversion. And for responsive themes, I do charge 150 USD or more.

 

Note: I am not a great designer and as such I do not do any designs. I ask my clients to provide me with the design in PSD format. I merely charge for HTML and CSS conversion and compliance. If I have to do the design, I charge extra.

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I recommend you look for themes that are efficient from a code point of view. Too often do I find a decent looking theme that is put together using code that is brutally hacked together and not efficient in any way. A 400k css filesize, really? An extra 750k of <!-- markup explanation code -->  really? Learn to create your own themes, even if you base it off another free theme, and you will be light years ahead of the competition in terms of performance.

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I don't do a lot of free lance work. When I graduated, I was told that the formula is take the base salary of the type of job you are doing based on the area you want to work in and multiple it by three.  The reason for that is that somebody who is employed as a web designer has benefits in addition to their salary. A free-lancer does not have that.  So, say Web Designers who are fluent in HTML and CSS in my area make $20/hr.  As a free-lancer, I would charge $60/hr.

 

I hope that helps some!

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Anywhere from $500 - $2500. If I am designing a site, it's not just coding the HTML and CSS, which is pretty straightforward in most cases. It also includes "designing" the site, as in coming up with a logo, the graphical UI elements, the whole look. So I will typically be spending a lot of time in Photoshop coming up with a cohesive layout. It's generally about week or two worth of work, that's how I look at it.

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Me and my friend had a forum for a football club which went famous in the Arab world but then slowly went down due to inactivity and no updates by us the Admins we actually stopped taking care of it because we didn't get any money from it. We paid a professional designer 1000 dollars to code everything from scratch and do the images and every single thing! I think it wasn't worth it when I think about it now. I didnt get any revenue at all!

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In the past I would typically charge about $1,500 per web site. Overall, from start to finish I tend to complete a web site anywhere from two weeks to a month - from start to finish. This is just my personal experience, but the back and forth with a client can carry on for weeks - often times you are waiting for materials from them, or they want changes here and there, start adding on things that are outside the scope of the initial price, etc... I just mainly want to cover my time for a solid two weeks worth of work, which is about what I am spending on the project. If it really starts to go beyond that and become more involved, I will detail what is outside of the scope of the initial quote, and what is going to cost more, and make a clear distinction of when I've completed the initially agreed upon work and require payment, and when I will begin on the additional work that will require an additional payment. 

 

These days, that $1,500 doesn't just cover my time, but also some costs for stock photography, and more often than not, a commercial Wordpress framework - since I use those as starting points for my layouts. It's too much of a waste of time for myself and the client to be coding a Wordpress theme completely from the ground up. Even many of the commercial theme companies all start with a base theme of their own. I try to keep all that under $250 - $400, and the rest is labor. My quotes do not include anything such as hosting and domains - that is up to the client.

 

It also really depends on your skill set and how fluent you are in web design. It might sound nice to say you're going to charge someone $10 per hour, but if it's taking you forever to get the site done because you are spending days trying to go through tutorials looking up how to do stuff you're not sure of, that is just driving up costs for the client. They could have just gone to a more experienced designer and got it done faster and likely better for the same cost.

 

On the flip side, if you are only charging $100 a pop, and you are spending a week or two on these project, you are grossly underselling yourself, which will only make it harder for you to earn anything more off of future projects - especially if these same people are going around telling their friends you only charge $100 a site.

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