16 questions for a better website time and cost estimate

In case you hadn’t heard, one of the services I offer is website creation. Don’t want to do it yourself? No worries. (Likewise, I don’t want to do my own taxes or fix my own car.)

I have a list of what I offer (including extras), what I need from you and the master plan (find that all here), but in order to give an accurate estimate on cost and time, I need more information.

Here are some questions I typically ask — from the high-level to the specific.

  1. Who are you and what is the site about?
  2. What is your vision for the site? And similarly, what are your goals for the site?
  3. Who is your target audience?
  4. Do you have an existing site? Have you started the new site yourself? Have you worked with other developers?
  5. What’s your timeframe?
  6. Do you have your domain name and hosting?
  7. What about a brand? (Logo, colors, fonts, style, etc.)
  8. Do you have images for the site or a way to obtain them (photographer, stock photo account)?
  9. Have you given any thought to the site map or what pages you definitely want on your site?
  10. Do you have your content written, will you be writing it, or do you need help in that area?
  11. Would you like to utilize the blog feature? (Here’s how you can.)
  12. Do you need to integrate with any other applications such as MailChimp? What kind of functionality do you need?
  13. What about social media? Which platforms do you use, if any?
  14. After the site is launched, will you be doing updates and maintenance or would you like a quote? (It’s important to update your site regularly!)
  15. Will you need training?
  16. What else would you like me to know?

The answers to the above questions may lead to other questions or further discussion. For example, hosting. If you do have hosting, I’ll ask where it is, and if you don’t, I can provide some recommendations.

Some people prefer to think about these before reaching out, and that’s totally fine. In addition, some find it easier to write out what they’re looking for and others do better describing it over the phone.

However it works best, and whenever you’re ready, get in touch!

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