BEWARE THE DARK
SIDE OF THE WEB
ABOUT JIM AND
MODERN WEB DESIGN
Building a web site is like building a home - the
price will depend on the size and the number of special features each will have.
Web costs can be divided into several sections:
Domain Name Registration - This has to be done with Network
Solutions or a similar company authorized to do registrations, and costs $70 for the first
two years and $35 a year thereafter. (You pay them, not me) I don't charge any extra
for doing the actual registration if you're going to be my client.
Initial Web Server Setup - This is a one-time fee of $50 which gets
your www domain name pointed all the way through the internet system into the home of your
Annual Hosting Fee for a Standard Web Site - We charge a flat $200
per year, payable in advance, for your site to live on our high-quality UNIX web server
all year long and be available 24x7 to the world. We don't charge extra for what is
known as "bandwidth" - the number of visitors you have each month.
Secure Server Hosting - Our e-commerce stores live on a separate,
"secure" server which houses our sophisticated shopping cart software and
assures your customers their credit card purchases are "encrypted" and safe from
prying eyes. Our e-commerce "stores" are "bolted-on" to your
main web site and operate using a database-driven system from which you can retrieve your
orders directly over the web using a user I.D. and password through a secure connection.
E-commerce store setup and licensing is a one-time fee of $200 per store, and $480
per year to run the store 24x7x365 (all year long). Add to this the cost of me
programming the store with your products, photos, and descriptions. I've purposely
set these rates very low so you can comfortably add products to your store without
breaking your budget (see more below in my example).
Note all our fees are annual fees because (a) we're not interested
in working for anyone who isn't going to be with us at least a year, and (b) we keep our
costs low by NOT having to do monthly billing and pass the savings on to our clients.
The last part of the cost is that of design or or maintenance of a
site. All initial or ongoing programming is charged at $50 per hour in half-hour
increments and it is the only part that is billed monthly.
SO WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?
For a site about the size of this one (my personal web turf),
expect to pay about $1800 more or less for the very first year (only), which will include
the initial setup, all programming, custom graphics, and standard web hosting for the
entire year. This is everything except the domain name registration.
Additional "maintenance" (changes to the site during the year) are billed at $50
per programming hour in 1/2 hour increments.
Jim's Basic Turnkey Business Web Site
This is an "informational" site which tells the world who you
are, where you are located, what products or services you offer, and how to contact you.
It's what I use, and it works real well for most purposes.
My Design Work Includes:
8 pages, or "sections", such as I have here, including a map
to your location if you need one
Up to 16 images or scanned photographs, color-corrected, retouched, and
cropped as necessary
Your logo if you have one, or custom design of a suitable logo-like
graphic if you don't
A custom-designed background, such as the one on this page
A custom-made animated email button if you wish
Background music (midi files) if you wish
Proper metafile (hidden) structures for proper search engine positioning
(my trade secret)
An email alias (firstname.lastname@example.org)
which will point, or forward to your current email address. This is so you can
change your ISP (and your email address) in the future if you wish without confusing your
A pop-up email link on every page, pre-addressed to your personal or
business email account
Unlimited Bandwidth - you site can have as many visitors as you wish
without incurring "bandwidth charges"
And a final note: I personally program every site - I do not farm
out work to college students!
Hosting for the first full year
Registration of your site with the following search engines: Altavista,
AskJeeves. Excite, Go, Google, Infoseek, Hotbot, Lycos, MSN, NorthernLight, and WebCrawler
Total Turnkey Development and Hosting Cost:
Your Domain name registration with InterNIC is NOT INCLUDED - you must
pay them directly
Each additional year is only $200 for hosting
Additional work (after the initial site is finished) is billed at
per hour in 1/2 hour increments.
Jim's Basic E-Commerce Package
I use the incredibly robust and scalable
Miva Merchant software to create online stores of any size.
Click on the Miva logo at left to visit a demonstration store.
This is a "bolt-on" online store which may be
created for any web site. It offers a broad range of options for presenting products
by size, color, or quantity. Customers use a shopping cart, then proceed to a secure
checkout where shipping is automatically calculated and a courtesy email is automatically
sent back to them.
Determine your bolt-on online store costs
using this menu:
- Initial setup and licensing - $200 - (one time charge)
- Initial Configuration:
Line item products (no photos) - $10 per product
Illustrated product (with single client-supplied photo)
$15 per product
- Annual storefront lease (up to 100 products)
$480 per year
- Product Information Change
(after initial configuration) - $5 per change
- Note: you must obtain your own merchant card account. Setup and leasing costs are
payable in advance.
For example, if you are planning on selling, say, 10 different (illustrated) products
in your store and you don't have any price or other changes for the entire year, your
entire first year setup and operating cost (turnkey, with me doing all the work) will be
Each following year (with no changes) would be only $480.00
"Miva Merchant has been a big part of our e-commerce dreams coming true... Projected
sales for the year 2000 are on track for reaching $4-6 Million, and that's just the
- Aron Benon, President
If all this has you even more confused than before,
it's best you give me a call.
Please visit my CONTACT PAGE.
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