will not list here any specific compensation from my clients. I will
only list a suggested price for a site based on what's involved with
building it. Which means the price of every web site is going to vary
depending on the elements in each. This site is a $850 USD site and
shouldn't be. It's not that extensive or involved. However, the clients
were very specific about what they wanted and so the guidelines were
fairly rigid. Phyllis wanted a really different frame or border fade
on the photos and that is probably what took the most time on the
site, because the black fade on each photo had to be fairly consistent.
That's not easy when the photos range from digital to 35mm, all different
sizes, ages, and fades. What many people don't realize about web sites
is that building them is generally not that difficult or time consuming
once you get down to brass tacks. What is time consuming
is deciding on the design or layout and the prep work. That means
getting the photos ready to be inserted onto the site, and fine tuning
the text to match pertinent keywords for that particular site's objective.
Unless my client gives me carte blanche on design, I work very closely
with that client every step of the way so that they are getting exactly
what they want. The easiest way to do this at a distance? I do a rough
work-up, put it up on the 'Net on my own site so the client can see
what it actually looks like and they can make suggestions for change
Yes, I like black as you've probably noticed. A lot of my clients
are in the tourist industry and that particular industry lends itself
to lots of photos. People travelling or on their holidays look for
photos first, description next. Black as a backdrop does not detract
at all from the intent of the photos, so where photos are of specific
importance to a site, that's the background I tend to use.
The Dean on Nimpo: is owned
and operated by Donn and Phyllis Irwin. They underwent a very tasteful
renovation with their lodge in 2003 that included an 'upper end'
Bar and Grill and are now promoting a relaxing and luxurious holiday
with first class service and gourmet food. They wanted their web
site to reflect what they are offering at the Dean with emphasis
on the fact that they are now a year round destination. That means
heavily promoting their resort as a winter vacation spot as well
as summer, on the web site.
This site was upgraded in 2012 to a totally new look that would suit
Apple and mobile products better which meant no Flash and no applets.
Because it was an upgrade using much of the same text and a few of
the same photos, the charge is much less than for a new site, and
this is a long standing client. However, if I had to do this site
from new, the charge would be somewhere around $400 because it really
doesn't have much for special effects.