It’s all about who do you do business with.
Coming from the flash background, I was doing website (as a third party) for agencies for 3500$ , and the agency sold them for 10 000$ to the end client. Then I did sites for far less etc…..
How about the psd to xhtml and psd to wordpress companies who offer this for a couple of bucks? Like between $40-$200. Where is the catch? Do they use framework, or automated stuff, or code templates?
I’ve used PSD2HTML in the past, and I can tell you it’s not automated because the results, while always excellent, have vastly different coding styles every time unless you tell them you want the results coded in a certain style. I think they just use very cheap workers who work very quickly. There are very talented coders in countries like India, Philippines, Ukraine, etc., where the salaries are lower than in the US or Australia. If they can code an HTML page in 8 hours at $5-10/hr, that’s $40-80, when the customer pays $150, that’s a nice profit margin. Even more profitable if they can find workers at the lower end of that salary range or if they can do it in less time (I notice they charge $19 extra for IE6 compatibility).
They charge $200 more for Wordpress, but this is probably just basic conversion into a Wordpress theme…I’m not sure what they would charge to make a complex theme worthy of submission to ThemeForest.
Our hourly rate is 10 – 20$. We are located in the Baltic region , Latvian. We resell and remade wordpress skins for clients about 150 – 200$. Not so much, like UK, USA .
I usually charge $1000 minimum for a simple implementation using a theme, but that usually covers basic tweaks, changes, some custom code and forms.
I charge up to $5000 for a site off a theme sometimes but that usually involves a lot more than theme installation and typically requires a lot of extra coding or changes from a programming level.
For a comlete website based on wordpress, no matter 1 or 10 pages, with or without pictures: about 200 US
I’d charge minimum $500 for what’s described.
If I take an off the shelf site template, convert it to modx so client can run site in future, tweek a few things [first thing is to usually bump up the p tag+line-height size !!! – Actually ALWAYS !!!] get a blog running, fill some pages with (supplied) copy, optimise some images (logo etc), upload to a server , offer 8 hours training =$3,500NZD (new zealand).
I found that clients couldn’t care less whether it’s a theme bought from here – or if I’ve spent 50+ hours crafting an original masterpiece – if they like it- they like it!
I agree with cippo, for what’s described my minimum would be $500 US. The lowest I charge for a basic 5 page Wordpress themed site is $300.
Show us some of your work then. Seems weird thread to post for someone who works for Fortune 1000 companies
You do not even have to ask the person. Just ask Google and you get an instant answer. http://www.google.com/search?q=oxford+group+san+diego+ca&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a
Charge what the market will bear. Every situation is different. My Minimum website start at 2500.00. 1 year maintenance contract, hosting is included. Of course SEO is too and I take good care of em even on weekends. Charge whatever your market will bear people. Only you know what the market bears where you live etc.