mattwnz:nunz:heavenlywild: Yes, I would want a copywriter, and in terms of graphics, I have everything that's needed, including the logo.
It's really creating a website from scratch, and transferring the revised content from the old site to the new.
I've been quoted $9k. The website would be housed via a CMS where I can go in and make changes and load content. Is this a fair price?
We generally charge aobut 2-2.5k for a CMS based site with workup of design, logos, page layouts etc. That's fully designed and implemented with some training. If a client wants to go with a premade template we usually charge between 400-1000 depending on what is needed. We also do copy writing, proof reading etc (dont look at my posts - i dont do that stuff <grin> )
Have seen a lot of shocking figures for very little work thrown around but a straight forward 20 page site should not cost 9000. do they honestly think it is 2.2 weeks solid work at $100 per hour?
Would depend on how good the design is, and how much work has gone into it. SOme web design is just plain ugly and cheap looking, so good design and detailing take a lot of time. Tweaking a responsive website to get it perfomrning well at different screen sizes takes a lot of extra time and testing, vs designing for just a single screen size.
There are two companies we have watched bend people over as being truly fantastic and at the end of it they have made a nice job of design but actually very little else. THe sites design looks good but there is very little actual content and it is very hard to see how thing as are justified as being worth that much.
http://mthutthelicopters.co.nz for example looks great on the front page - but click on the other pages and it is not much more than straight text with a pretty silhouetted back ground. It is also not reposnive or if it is they made a shocking job of it and did charge like wounded bulls.
On the opposite side of things: Take heatstore.co.nz - its a nice design it is self managed and allows you to view their products easily. It did not cost any where near 9k. It is also reposnsive if my memory serves me correctly. Shaun from electric escape made a great job of it at a reasonable price.
I have yet to see where 9k has been really well spent for most medium to small web sites.