Posted on:: 04 Jan 2018

Most websites (we build at 158ltd) are larger and more complicated than that and require more time and additional skills to build them. It is handy to know what things you should think about when planning your website and how this can help you when you brief your potential web designer

There is more diversity in scope and scale of a final product in the website design industry than almost any other product I can think of. The cost of a website mostly depends on the amount of time required to build it. To give an estimate of costs for a website, your web designer needs to collect as much information as possible so they can estimate the time required to build the site.


Organise how content is best displayed including layouts, placement of mini ads and calls to action.
Often large amounts of data for product display needs to entered into the system. How this data is migrated and who is responsible needs to be determined.
Logistics for the site such as shipping methods and payment gateways need planning.
Time: 4 - 8 hours

Web Design (graphic design component)
Is it a simple design or complex? Does it stray from the existing model for ecommerce websites that people are familiar with?
Time: from 1 to 5 days

Web Development
Even a standard ecommerce site has quite a few pages involoved that need to be formatted in addition to the rest of the website.Depending on the method used, there can be large amounts of time required for configuring and or customising the checkout process.
Time: from 5 to 10 days

Usually 6-15 pages. Some variation will occur if there is a lot of image work to do (retouching etc).
Time: 4 hours to 5 days

Content Management
There is a huge variation in features offered by ecommerce systems. Your requirements need to be known so the developer uses the right tools for the job. At a minimum - products, orders, shipping costs, payment methods and stock levels should all be administered through the CMS.
Time: 4 hours to 5 days