A word from the owner.
Before we get into pricing, let me tell you who we are NOT.
GoBig is not in the business of slapping a template on a WordPress installation and calling it done. Nor are we in the business of taking your project and sending it overseas to an English-as-a-second-language company to be completed, making our company the middle man. No.
GoBig takes your project to the next level. We do use pre-built templates for 70% of our clients. But we only use these templates if our client’s requirements fit the type of website that can be created using a pre-built template. And, even when we use templates, we still modify the template significantly in order to fit our client’s requirements. These modifications range from design changes, such as combining two or more templates together, to programming custom functions for eCommerce solutions, account management, etc.
For the other 30% of our clients, whose sites do not fit into the pre-built template type, we build their websites from what we call a “bare-bones” template. As the name implies, this template begins as an empty WordPress theme using the Bootstrap framework, from which point we build and expand into the client’s exact specifications. The Bootstrap framework permits us to quickly and easily design and build a website that is just as mobile-friendly as our pre-built templates, while giving us the freedom to bring to life the customer’s vision down to the pixel.
So back to pricing.
If you research online how much you should pay for a website, you will find prices ranging from $1,000 – $100,000… or more. You will find that custom built sites start at $3,000. When you dive a little deeper into the research, you will find that the $3,000 website are not at all recommendable. Brian Krogsgard from PostStatus.com asks and answers the following questions:
Can you get a custom website for under $3,000? Yes, but be very careful, and know your risk of getting something imperfect is high.
If you work with a good freelancer, I think ~70% of custom websites for average folks and average businesses will cost between $3,000 and $15,000.
We agree with Brian’s analysis on costs of a website. But that is where we at GoBig jump in and offer you a HUGE benefit. Remember how I mentioned that we do not take your project and ship it off to be completed? Well, keep in mind that, although our headquarters is in Ecuador, you will be working with fluent English speakers. Having our headquarters in Ecuador allows us to reduce the cost of websites significantly from what you would normally pay in the United States.
The fact that we are based in Ecuador will not at all affect the service that you will receive. As most of our staff IS American you will receive an American grade service, guaranteed.
So in order to receive an accurate quote for your business’s website, use the form on the right, and give us as much specific information as you can. We will respond within 24 hours.
P.S. We set up conference calls or Skype calls with most of our US-based clients. We can do this with you as well in order to give you the service that you deserve.
What about third-party DIY services?
Services like Wix and Blogger offer simple and easy construction of your website for a very minimal monthly or annual cost. However, before you get too excited about the idea of building your own site, there are a few things you should know.
First, site-builder “do it yourself” services tend to be sharply limited. They may have apps or plugins available, but very often they will not meet certain edge cases, or allow total customization. Trying to build an eCommerce site on one of these is likely to be a challenge, if not outright impossible in some cases.
Second, there’s no professional feedback. There may be some service out there that offers professional website support (for a relatively steep price, considering you’re the one doing all the legwork in building the site), but with most site-building services, you’re on your own. You don’t have any web developers to shake their head and tell you something’s a bad idea before you go off and do it.
Third, although the pricing can appear to be far cheaper than what we charge, you’re likely to find that there are ceilings and caps associated with them. Most site-building services charge a monthly or annual fee, with varying tiers based on desired benefits. If your website takes off and you start to receive large numbers of visitors, many services will throttle speeds, or block your site altogether, until you upgrade your services. Over time, and with the growing needs of your site, even site-building services have the potential to become quite expensive over the long run.
Still, depending on the needs of the site, a site-building service may be right up your alley. We’re not here to sell you something you don’t need, so if you have any doubts, feel free to send us a message! It costs you nothing, and we can try to answer any questions you may have.