Web Design at What Price?
The internet has become one of the most commonly used tools when we want to find out some information, be it on a local issue or of national concern. Companies who provide web design services to major companies and smaller clients alike can charge anything from a couple of thousand pounds to tens of thousands for a more complex website, but at what cost should we say enough is enough? This issue has been raised recently as the Norfolk Police spent a staggering £250,000 on having their website redesigned.
Even web design insiders have been flabbergasted at this amount, stating that the work which has gone into the site could o way warrant for such a high bill unless they were being seriously over charged. £100,000, whilst still a massive amount, is a closer figure to what the web design agency london should have cost, however there are digital agencies who would have been able to provide quality service and great design for a fraction of that cost.
Investigations into the company who provided Norfolk Police with their new website have revealed no definitive answer, though it is believed that a London-based design agency was responsible as they list the police constabulary as one of their clients. The design company cannot be named for legal reasons. This company charged a massive £254,662.08 for the re-design, however local digital agencies in Norfolk had given the police estimates ranging from £10,000 to £100,000, half the price of the final cost.
This begs the question, when it comes to web design, are you better to choose a nation or city based company or a local digital agency?
Web design York based companies have proven to be very successful, racking up awards for the websites that they have designed and launched for their clients. They are also committed to developing their websites and keeping up to date with new technologies and advancements in the field. Other towns such as Harrogate and the cities of Yorkshire including Bradford and Leeds also have a great reputation of playing home to successful web design companies.
However, big city firms have received less positive press in the past for their web design work. Many clients have reported that they were neglected if a bigger client came on board. With so much emphasis on figures and targets among the sales team, clients are taken on board with no possibility of the designers being able to stick to launch dates, and communication from the client to the designer is diluted through several people.