I’ve been long enough around WordPress that i am comfortable to start putting up sites for clients. But i have little to no experience about the price for a project like this. I obviously dont want to get too expensive and not too cheap.
I would like some of your input for the price range for the project.
Wordpress sites don’t carry much value as they are simply templates. Google doesn’t give web designers brownie points for using them, nor do they frown upon them. Google see’s them as “just being there.” If you create an original design of your own, Google will grade your site much higher than some template that 100,000 other websites use. Matt Cutts has stated this himself. Also, when sites are built on a template this kills their resale value. I could most likely sell my newest website for a ton of money, because there is nothing else in the world like it. A big factor when appraising the value of a website/domain is not just the originality of the sites content, but the site itself. Design is worth money! A template on the web is worthless, even if you make changes to it.
Wordpress templates are analogous to trailer homes in that they all look the same, and they’re all worthless. Nonetheless I do use WordPress, just not for my real websites, but more for blogging purposes. By the way, I don’t live in a trailer park.
I would have to disagree with @djdaniel150. Technically, a template like Starkers is custom as most people will not have the same layout and/or content. I don’t really see how templates (which mostly have to do with layout) have anything to do with how Google ranks your site. It just doesn’t seem logical.
It does seem logical. 100,000 sites with all the same layout and appearance? Think about it. Matt Cutts stated that original design and content is favored by Google on his Youtube videos. I was simply reiterating what he stated.
I’m sorry, I just don’t see how Google’s algorithm would rely on appearance in some way to rank a site. From what I’ve seen over the years it appears it relies on relevant content and semantic structure.
We used to rely on meta keywords and descriptions to rank our site. That’s not the case anymore so perhaps you’re reading/watching old content.
@djdaniel150 you love to absolutely position all of your elements on websites.
I personally would not pay a tonne of money for that. Nor would I pay a tonne of money for a template that has just been uploaded to the themes folder and activated. What I would pay good money for is using a bare bones theme such as starkers or underscores. Taking a static design in plain HTML and CSS and converting that into a fully working wordpress website. Like most developers tend to do.
You seriously need to look up some stuff about the google algorithm, how in the hell would it rank a page differently based on its layout…
Hey guys! Thanks for your input. I also agree there is little design here. Can someone also throw a number. Our average income in Slovenia is around 1000€/month, thats 1300$/month.
Have this in mind when you put a price. Would be really helpful for me.