Cost of Building Website?


We are briefing Marketing agencies next week about activity relating to the launch of our product (CRM system that is SaaS).

Can people please advise what the ball park cost for a website like, or

Essentially we want it to be really smart and fancy and feature around 15-20 pages of content. Within this number I would like a blog and also ability to host a product tour (probably in flash).

Let me know if I need to clarify anything as web design is not something I have much experience in although I do have a clear idea of what I want as an end product.

I don't want to be ripped off by agencies by not doing my homework on pricing!!

Marketing Cost Website CRM

asked Jan 21 '10 at 00:32
Dr. Phil
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  • The way I read this is you were looking for the CRM product itself to be built. Is that right? Many of the posters below seem to be confused too. Maybe you could clarify your question. Are you looking for a CRM application to be built or a website that markets your CRM application? – Rafiq Maniar 13 years ago

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cost of building website would depend

if you have no experience, but is computer literate i would say it would take you about 3-4 days to boot up with collecting some general knowledge and have a tool setup

from there and on you should be on your way kicking it

but of course to do so you would need to focus on tool that is easy to understand and is flexible enough without compromising the easiness

in this regard i would warmly recommend joomla which is easy to boot with and is very extensible and you would be able to do most of the things you want easily and w/o much programming knowledge, and is also supported with most hosts, so if you would by any chance not manage to install the lamp (a starters package consisting of various tools required for joomla) locally or don't even want to do so, then you simply would be able to kick it directly from your host in a matter of few clicks

good luck and if you need any assistance don't hesitate to show up at the joomla forum where you will probably find answer to any of your questions, and if not by any chance already not raised you would be able to raise and get it answered in a matter of hours

answered Jan 23 '10 at 03:18
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  • Thanks for the help. – Dr. Phil 14 years ago


I know you are looking more in the area of pricing, but this may help you narrow things down:
[webpage design functions][1]

Also, try calling 4 or 5 contractors, telling them what you need and getting a quote. The best way to find competitive prices is to call around as much as possible.

[1]: "Webpage design functions"

answered Jan 23 '10 at 03:27
Eric Amzalag
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  • Lol. i messed up putting in the URL, but its definitely a cool site. check it out – Eric Amzalag 14 years ago
  • You're right - cool site!! – Dr. Phil 14 years ago


For a static site and a blog, along with some customization of a premier theme, there's a company I work with that does this for about $500 CDN. This wouldn't include the product tour itself, but it would include embedding a product tour (which you provide) into the site. Also wouldn't include logo design - you would have to provide that.

answered Jan 21 '10 at 03:05
4,692 points


I am not sure how many functions do you want, how many people will use, what kind of functionality will it have, it is going to be data centric, will it need Admin panel, will it need a constant communication between you and the developers when it is being developed? I would estimate it at USD 40,000 the least providing everything is done from scratch.

answered Aug 13 '11 at 06:30
102 points


Since you have websites as an example your best strategy is to write all the content prior to meeting with a web developer (if you are trying to be as cheap as possible).

  • The sites you sent over are probably 30 - 80 hours of work. US companies are usually $80 - $200/hr.
If you are talking about actually writing the or Zoho WEB APPLICATION not the marketing websites then you are talking major money.
answered Aug 14 '11 at 07:50
Ryan Doom
5,472 points
  • By 30-80 hrs, I believe you meant marketing material and not the site by itself. Any of those sites are looooong development and big money as you said. – Pradeep 13 years ago
  • I'm talking strictly the 15 - 25 page marketing website. Not the actual web application / product. Fogbugz has dozens of developers full time on their app and has for years. So... obviously that is going to take some serious effort :] – Ryan Doom 13 years ago


1) Look at, and They have templates at a modest prices.

2) You can make minor changes (move a margin) with CSS. Major changes, such as killing an automatic cascading feature, require a pro.

3) You can benchmark website design prices by asking for off-shore quotes, e.g. from

Be aware of the traditional trade-off among "cheap, fast, and good." For a long term, personal E-textbook writing project, I envisioned a 50 "webpage" website with some bells and whistles, but nothing too fancy. I got a quote from a reputable company in India (I checked) for what I wanted for $2,000 -- and it would be done in a week.

However writing the textbook would hardly be done in a week. Therefore I decided on a slow motion "do-it-yourself" approach with webnode. A year later I have a 150 "webpage" website (ca. 500 pages of content) with lots more bells and whistles than originally envisoned. The total cost is still under $200 (10% of the Indian bid) and almost half of it for purchasing images. Granted, I have wasted lots of time, and, very unwillingly, had to learn a little CSS. Nevertheless I am very glad I did not go for "instant website."


answered Aug 16 '11 at 05:00
James Hamilton
141 points


If it's just a collection of static pages + flash embed of your product + a blog - you should be able to make this on Wordpress for almost nothing. For fancy design - you might get a design firm which varies depending if they are offshore or US/EU based.

answered Jan 21 '10 at 01:50
279 points
  • Thanks for your reply. They are UK based. – Dr. Phil 14 years ago

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