Charge to develop a website

How much do you charge to develop a website? – by Xiteb

It is a common question clients asked when it comes to developing websites, mobile apps & many other IT related solutions, which is very difficult to answer. That is How much do you charge to develop a website?For instance; if you ask from an architect, how much will it cost to build a house what would be their answer? They will ask, many questions to provide you with an answer which is no different to a website or any other IT solution.

Without knowing the exact number of pages you need for the website (number of stores/ rooms you need for the house), the features & functions of the website (how the doors/ windows will appear), what platform to be used for the development? (materials to be used to build the house) how can a web solutions provider quote you a price? If someone is asking how much do you charge to develop a website, how can you come up with an answer, without knowing these things.

Charge to develop a website
Charge to develop a website

Team allocation & the Quality of the project

Hence, with the budget client provides, we will be able to determine what level of expertise should be allocated to develop the web solution. If the budget is of premium level, we would allocate the best team with the most experience. And for a lesser budget we would be able to allocate the team with the medium level of expertise. We doesn’t necessarily indicate that there is a difference of the quality of work. All the projects completed will go through the same process for Quality Assurance (QA) tests carried out. Therefore the final result will be of the same standard, which the client doesn’t need to worry about.

To make it much easier as the web solutions provider, we ask one simple question “what is your budget for the project?” As long as you can answer this question, web solutions provider can give you a more precise answer with what can be done under your budget.

This is very supportive for the solutions provider to think of which platform to be used for the development. For instance;

cost/charge to develop a website

  1. 100% custom development (Bespoke) – Premium Pricing
  2. 100% template development (less/no customization once the design is selected)- Most economic pricing
  3. Semi- custom (semi-template)- Medium Pricing (Note: a bit complex)



Charge to develop a website
Template web design



charge to develop a website
Custom web design

Also platform/languages to develop a website would be;

  1. Basic HTML website
  2. Word Press
  3. Joomla
  4. PHP
  5. Magento etc.

Note: HTML will be used in almost all platforms.

Exposing your budget will lead the solutions provider to suggest you the best solution by saving both your money & time unnecessarily. If you have only a budget of USD 500/- solutions provider will not suggest a Custom (bespoke) design with number of features with room for future expansions. This leads both the parties to a win-win situation.


Problems we face when asking for Client’s budget

Most of the people will provide a budget idea to the architect before commencing to build their house, but not willing to do so when it comes to a website.

This could happen due to two reasons;

  • Where the client have no idea on spending for the website or,
  • When client provides his affordable budget, they assume the service provider will quote for the whole budget even if the requirement is too small.

It is doubtful that clients have no budget in their mind to develop a website, however it is good to do some research before meeting a web solutions provider to have a rough idea about how much it will cost for you to develop the desired web solution.

It is better to consider  much about the quality than charge to develop a website..


How to decide your budget?

If you are the only dressmaker of a particular area, you already have the total customer base of the town. Even a template can be used for this type of business to make the whole process cost effective. There will be no need to develop a high-tech website for you unless you plan on selling readymade clothes online.

If the market you operate is highly competitive, then you should have a website to generate more leads, backend to maintain all the leads & it should have many functions & features which should be capable enough to expand in the future. In such situations we encourage to go either with a fully or semi-custom design. However if you pick a larger company to develop your website, it will be costly as they have lots of employees & overheads to cover.


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How much does a website cost?


But we are a small-scale company, where you can get your main revenue generating source- website- developed even within a budget of USD 2,000- USD 3,000 if it is a custom design. As long as you can provide your possible investment together with the requirement, we can match your requirement with the budget. We can start from a basic informative site (Home, About us, Products/Services, Photo gallery, Contact us) starting from USD 298 + Shopping carts & logins + payment gateway/s + SMS gateway, etc.

To conclude, your budget helps us to recommend you 1 out of the 3 methods used to develop websites (Custom, Template, Semi-custom) or mobile apps (Native, Hybrid or Cross Platform) according to the scope of the requirement.

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Charge to develop a website

Established Web Development Company vs Freelancer

Established Web Development Company vs Freelancer: The Reliable Option! 


When conceptualizing and implementing a web and digital marketing strategy, the only reliable option remaining for the client is a well-established web development company. And in today’s business world clients are more focused on cost reduction. Thus they make the mistake of hiring freelancer’s believing this to be the more flexible and cost-effective option. But, in most cases the projects mishandled, or delayed or do not meet the client’s requirements. Client’s left with no fall back and end up spending more money (than the initial planned amount) and time rectifying and completing the project.


“The Site was not completed, we had no avenue to get our money back and there was no registered entity to initiate legal proceedings” – SLG Global (Pvt.) Ltd


“The site had a malware defect” – JK Tradelink (Pvt) Ltd


“The end product was far below our expectations, which communicated at the start. When a client clicked on a link the page directed to an unrelated page, as a result we experienced lower hits and recruitment suffered. We ended up having to retain an established web company to re-do the site as per our requirements and therefore costs and time lines initially planned for the project were all overshot” – Bata Shoe Company of Ceylon Ltd


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Are you confused with freelancers?



certification of a established web development company


Let’s look at some areas that need to focus for the successful completion of a web solution. And discuss some key facts of why you should select an established web development company.  It will better prove that a  web development company is the superior!


Complexity of the Project, Deliverables and Skill Set required by Service Provider


Web development companies  have a team of people to work on your project. Different individuals with the required specialized skills, assigned for different parts of the job. Therefore the outcome of the project become more efficient and with fewer revisions. For example, in a web development project, the graphics handle by one person, the visual branding by another, and other experts may work on the proposed site’s user experience. Each individual section handled by a specialist, therefore projects often come together faster.

Freelancers specialize in one or two areas and may not have the necessary skills to deliver cross platform solutions. If it’s a new web development, mobile app development, software development or a company branding/ re-branding, then freelancers fail due to lack of various skill.


Keeping to Budget and Time Lines


You have to hire more than one freelancer to complete your project, if he has minimum skills on your project. This could be time consuming with the evaluating of each freelancer taking time and may cost more in the long run. Further, in such instances you may have to act as a project manager to help coordinate tasks amongst them.

But the company will appoint a project manager/creative director to ensure that every aspect of your project is accurate. Other advantage is that you only pay for the quote that submitted by the web development company rather than paying for multiple service providers. You can expect to get the project completed quickly and with very few errors, because it is being handled by a team. Therefore it becomes more economical as it reduces revision fees and expedites completion.


Work Ethic of Service Provider


When working with a freelancer the success of the project depends on his work ethics, disciplines, experience and skills. Clients face with some common issues when working with freelancers. Eg: work does not complete on time, does not meet the project objectives. Because freelancers have poor work ethics and they don’t have relevant skills. Sometimes freelancers re-use the source code or do not hand over source codes to clients or behave in an unethical manner. In short, freelancers are harder to control than an established web development company.

An established web development company will ensure meeting all the important areas of the project; timelines, objectives, source code usage, maintenance etc. All important factors discussed and agreed upon prior to commencing the project. Therefore there is a legal framework in between web development companies and clients.


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Benefits of Web development companies


Maintenance and after sales service/ Conflict resolution (if any)


Dealing with an established web development company that have the necessary structured procedures/processes and systems is a must. It ensures that accountability of the service provider is more powerful both during & after the development of the project. There may be instances when the project does not meet your initial plan or objectives. In such instances resolution of issues maybe easier with a registered web development company as a legal entity as opposed to a freelancer.

In summary, it seems like hiring a freelancer is the cost effective and less awkward option. But, when considering all of the above issues that may arise when working with a freelancer, an established web development company is the only reliable option.


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Black Pearl Charcoal Web Design & Development: Case study

The Best Charcoal suppliers Sri Lanka

Black Pearl Charcoal is one of the biggest Charcoal exporters in Sri Lanka. As an ambitious Charcoal exporting brand which constantly keeps expanding to new horizons, needed a new look to expand the horizon to the international arena. The Web & Mobile apps development company, Xiteb® managed to deliver providing a 100% client satisfaction as Xiteb® was Black Pearl Charcoal’s most trusted web designer.

Here describes how we at Xiteb®, redesigned the website, clearing the web designing roadblocks which kept them from achieving their business goals.

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After gathering, all the necessary information from our client in meetings & over the phone at the client’s briefing sessions by the Business Analysts, we arranged a meeting with many internal & external content writers who have industry knowledge to fine-tune the given text content to be on par with European websites .

With our years of cumulative experience in the industry, our team took no time to come up with a brand new sensational design that capable of delivering the feel of the products and reflecting the brand itself.

While our web development team worked on the coding with HTML and the framework using bootstrap, two of our web designers were busy creating an easy to navigate look which is modern, fresh and mobile friendly.


Team ‘X’ & Team Work

Together Xiteb® was able to come up with a new layout for the website in cooperating appealing graphics and smoke and ParallelX effects to grab the attention of the right potential clients and give visitors the access to the product range easily, while showcasing the reputability and authority of the brand in the industry.

Rotating cylinder of brands which enhances the reputation and experience in the industry is a feature we have added to the website with our client’s special request. The feature was introduced on a website for the first time in Sri Lanka which one of Xiteb®’s best innovative concepts.

 Xiteb® Brand cylinder®
Xiteb® Brand cylinder®

After undergoing some amendments including the Brand cylinder feature, Xiteb able to deliver a brand new look for the Black Pearl Charcoal’s website, enabling them to reach new heights attracting new and more clients through internet marketing, strengthening their online presence with a unique, creative and innovative web design.


As an experienced web designer, with an incredible team of creative minds and technical brains, Xiteb scored another happy client, proving the flexibility, creativity, innovativeness and commitment to go an extra mile to deliver the exact expectation of their clients in a timely manner.




Moreover, anyone searches  the key words ‘Charcoal Sri Lanka’ or ‘ Charcoal  suppliers Sri Lanka’ on Google, Black Pearl Charcoal comes to the first page of Google search result. Moreover, Black Charcoal, Charcoal, Charcoal suppliers Sri Lanka and web designer are the targeted key words.

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Now, Black Pearl Charcoal is attracting more clients through their new website while showcasing their reputation and high-quality service to the whole world, standing out from the crowd as a unique brand who is serious about their business.

I love working with Shasanka & your team . Looking forward to develop our main site too. Nalin Nagahawatta- The Managing Director- Black Pearl Charcoal (

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