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What should I charge for managing a website?

  • # August 13, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Hey guys, Im not new to CSS-Tricks, but new to the forums. Im also somewhat a newbie web designer. Anyways, I am on the verge of landing a new client/contract. Its with the city’s website that I live in. They are wanting someone to update and maintain their existing website. They said it generally consists of posting updated Council minutes, newsletters, etc, on a monthly basis. They are asking me, what are my rates for service?

    I was wondering what you guys thought about how much I should charge. Usually when I do a site for a client, I will update it for free. But since this is an existing site, I just don’t know. It is a PHP site by the way if that helps. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    -Seth-

    # August 13, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    welcome,

    well i charge per hour.

    a council wanting you to update their site, I am surprised that they are not getting their own people to do it, for example, the council I work for have an IT dept & also nominated people to update their part of the vast council external and internal site.

    # August 13, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I charge for total work done, including difficulty of making the site. This way, if someone gives me an uber-complicated site that only uses one page, they won’t be able to make the argument that "I only gave you one page, now charge me $X flat rate here." It comes down to what I think they should pay, which has been working so far.

    # August 13, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    i must admit, I have different prices for different clients.

    but I keep a record

    # August 13, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    What do you guys think would be a fair price to charge per hour? I’m not sure how long it would take to do their updates and stuff…I doubt too long. I don’t know what people usually charge for managing/updating.

    # August 13, 2009 at 10:37 pm
    "sethgoochdesigns" wrote:
    What do you guys think would be a fair price to charge per hour? I’m not sure how long it would take to do their updates and stuff…I doubt too long. I don’t know what people usually charge for managing/updating.

    I go around $40 per hour for work done on my "off time". They get it free during my "on time", a.k.a. 8-5. It deters people from bothering me when I’m supposed to not be doing anything. They pay the flat monthly rate normally (i.e. the flat rate I give them).

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