Basic rate:

My basic rate is A$200 an hour.  I prefer to work on a defined total cost with fixed scope basis.  I  try to work cleverly and thoroughly.


Php or Plugin Development:

The more information you can provide up front, the quicker and less expensive a solution.  Communicating back and forth takes time.  Pictures, sketches, links to other sites all help.

Occasionally I will develop the solution as a general offering to minimise cost to you by sharing the cost the others (hopefully!).    This usually applies with add-ons to existing plugins.


Quotes for a website will vary greatly. The scope can vary greatly and it is hard for the purchaser to understand sometimes what drives the effort and cost. Hours can be spent simply helping a business owner get access to the business’s domain name because they had ‘lost’ the details provided by the original owner.

Choosing a web design provider should be about more than the cost.

The prices below are indicative. The more web literate you are, the less I will need to do for you, and the lower the price.    That said, you should evaluate where it makes the most sense to spend your time.

All options cover:

  • suitable domain name and/or liaising with existing provider
  • hosting with our preferred supplier, or liaising with existing provider
  • install wordpress Content Management System with pre-existing template and
  • access to a training site for you to practise in.
  • load initial content (provided by you possibly from brochures etc) and images so it is publicly presentable straight away
  • creating some email addressesfor you, once. eg; your name@yourdomain.com.  This can be forwarded to your current email, or accessed directly.


Item Cost Indicator: Comment:
Package deal
Initial one-off cost from A$1000, if you already know what you want.  pre-existing theme with very little modification.  Installing content you have already developed.
Standard $1000 to $3000 Standard option adds on:

  • Some tweaking of themes and adding functionality using already developed plugins
  • working with your images to tailor a pre-existing theme to make it more uniquely yours
Custom > $3000 A Custom option could include:

  • More unique design and/or complex requirements
  • more advanced theme development if the standard options on offer are not adequate
  • evaluation and assessment of various plugins to determine which meets your needs most.
Advanced Custom, or membership site, or simple e-commerce > $6000. More advanced custom work could include

  • Content development or conversion,
  • customisation of plugins or features to achieve the functionality you need,
  • tailoring of styles or themes
  • further training or personal support.

However I would suggest start simply – you may be surprised at what is achievable for little cost.

Just a Domain Name: approximately

  • US$10 per year for a .com
  • A$50 per year form a .com.au
Cost varies greatly by seller, country and suffix. For example in South AFrica a .org is free, but in Australia domain names cost about A$40 per year at least. While you can have a website without registering a domain name, a good domain name is essential for a professional image.
For cost effective domain names we use

  • icdsoft preferably as it is simpler if the hosting is there too, or
  • GoDaddy (for .com’s)

For australian domains:

Just Hosting: Realistically from:

Costs vary greatly by type, features, support.   It is important to understand what you need and what you are getting before you sign up.


Converting Content

Content can be the tricky and tiresome work, depending how well it was created in the first place.   Frequently verification and cleanup is needed.

Developing content

Developing  new content (good copy in marketing speak) requires a knowledge and understanding of your business and enterprise and what you are trying to achieve. These takes time and experience.  I have the experience, but time is precious.

Custom styles

Developing unique styles and themes that have cross browser support and are XHTML complaint requires skill, patience and thoroughness.

If someone seems cheap – remember too often you get what you pay for, or like my father always used to say “You pay peanuts, you get monkeys”.