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How much does a website cost in Sacramento?

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Executive Summary

Capitol Tech Solutions recently wanted to research how much a website costs in the Sacramento area. We found that the price for a new website can range from $500 to up over $25,000, depending on the complexity of the site and the development team needed to execute the website’s requirements. There are 13 Sacramento web design companies with $6,653 being the average cost of building a website in the Sacramento area.
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Background

We called 13 Sacramento website design companies to get more information about their web design services. Some answered our questions and others insisted on meeting in person before giving straight forward answers. We gathered as much information as possible through each phone call.

Here are the 11 questions we asked when doing our research.

  1. Am I working directly with the developer, or do you have an account manager?
  2. How many members are on your team?
  3. Do you have an office where we can meet?
  4. Do you outsource any of the development work or is all of the development completed in-house?
  5. What are your ongoing support costs?
  6. How many years have you been creating websites?
  7. Do you have ways to promote my site after it is launched?
  8. Do you start with a template, or is everything you do custom?
  9. Will you use a content management system, or how can I do updates in the future?
  10. Would I be responsible for providing the content and images? How does that work?
  11. How long does the project take?
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Results

We have created a checklist of all the options we believe a web design company should offer. Our phone calls to agencies, outsourcers, and freelancers did not give us the full scope of what is offered by each, so we gathered additional information from their websites. If an option wasn’t featured on the website or mentioned during our phone call, then we did not give the agency, outsourcer, or freelancer a check in that column. We believe a web design company should be upfront about what they offer, which is why the Capitol Tech Solutions’ website is intentionally robust and detailed regarding all of our capabilities.

Capitol Tech Solutions offers the best value for web design in Sacramento with an extensive list of features backed by an award-winning team with decades of experience. We ensure you get the most bang for your buck! No matter the size of your company or your unique business goals, CTS is here to create an engaging and successful online presence for your company!

A chart compares the services of various local Sacramento web design agencies. Capitol Tech Solutions leads the pack, offering award-winning, fully custom website designs in WordPress and Shopify, as well as hosting, content writing, and social media marketing.

Agency options in Sacramento and their prices

Agency 1 $1,199 for a completely custom 10 – page website. They offer an in-house development team, a dedicated account manager, and custom coding for advanced website application features. They offer up to 3 hours of changes a month, Adwords and Facebook ads, on-page SEO, and provide the client with training after the website is complete.

Agency 2 $3,500 for a 10 – page website. The client works with the developer directly on the project. Agency 2 starts with a template and any changes that are less than 10 minutes are free of charge. They have an in-house development team including WordPress developers and Shopify developers. All 3 team members work in-house. On top of web design, they offer SEO and social media packages. Hosting options are available.

Agency 3 $3,500 for a 10-page website with an in-house development team of WordPress developers. Ongoing costs after the site are built would run $130 a month. The framework of their sites is done with a template and the rest is custom. Clients work directly with the owner of the agency. If needed, there is a content team for the client to utilize. There are a total of 4 team members and they have been creating websites since 1996.

Agency 4 $3,800 for a 10-page website that is completely custom. This agency has been creating websites since 1996. WordPress developers will build the website and there will be hosting options available.

Agency 5 $5,000 for a Square Space website and $7,500 for a WordPress website. This agency uses a template with little customization. Ongoing costs and graphic design are billed at $125 an hour. They offer managed hosting, SEO, social media, and Adwords. The entire team is in-house, including the content team.

Capitol Tech Solutions $7,500 to build a website with our in-house development team and a dedicated account manager. Fully custom website built by our award-winning WordPress and Shopify developers. We also have a content team available if needed. CTS offers custom coding for advanced website application features. When choosing to partner with Capitol Tech Solutions there will be hosting options available and stock photos included. CTS is W3 Schools and WCAG Certified. We have also partnered with Facebook, Yext, Microsoft, Google Analytics, and Google to enhance their services. Recently CTS became ADA compliant. Top developers on every web development project, with all talent in-house.

Agency 6 $9,250 for a 10-page website that starts off with a template. All the work is done in-house with an account manager, graphic designer, content team, SEO team, and developers. They also offer SEO and PPC services. This agency includes an award-winning content team and WordPress and Shopify developers that can do custom coding for advanced website application features. They have hosting options available and stock photos are included. This agency is a Google Partner.

Agency 7 $10,000 for a 10-page website that starts as a baseline template with the potential to customize during the process. This agency outsources some of their work and provides on-page SEO. The client provides content for the website. This agency includes an award-winning content team and WordPress developers. If you work with this agency there will be stock photos included with the website. Once the website is complete, this agency teaches the client how to manage the website.

Agency 8 $13,500 for a 10 Page website built by an in-house development team. Ongoing costs bill at $125 an hour. Fully custom website built by WordPress and Shopify developers. Custom coding for advanced website application features will be offered.

Agency 9 $13,500 to build a website with an in-house development team and a dedicated account manager. Fully custom website built by award-winning WordPress developers. If needed there is also a content team available to utilize. There is also custom coding for advanced website application features. Stock photos are included. This agency is also a Google Partner and ADA compliant.

Agency 10 $25,000 to build a fully custom website. A US-based company but everyone works remotely. Their team includes award-winning WordPress and Shopify developers as well as a content team. There is also custom coding for advanced website application features. Hosting options are available and stock photos are included.

Outsourcer 1 $500 for a website built by WordPress and Shopify developers.

Outsourcer 2 $1,500 to build a fully custom website by WordPress developers. They have a total of 5 members on the team. They also do social media marketing, SEO, and have a content writer available.

Freelancer 1 $2,500 to build a website. This WordPress developer is known for building award-winning websites. Hosting options are available.

Freelancer 2 $2,399 to build a fully custom website. Hosting options are available. Ongoing support is billed at $325 for five hours. The client provides content. This freelancer has 18 years of web design experience.

Freelancer 3 $3,300 to build a 10 -page website including Google Analytics, on-going guidance, SEO, internet marketing, and security. It would take about 8 weeks to finish a project.

We look forward to continuing to serve our clients with the best web design services in Sacramento!

CTS wants you to ask the right questions before hiring a web designer!

During our research we asked 11 questions but here are 5 questions you should ask a web design company before doing business with them.

  1. Who will make up the team that will be working on my website? (i.e.: account manager, developer, content writer)

    The team working on your website will depend on the scope of work you want performed.

    An account manager will communicate with you throughout the project, keeping you updated on progress as well as addressing any questions or concerns that may come up along the way.

    It is important that you are matched with experienced developers who can successfully create a winning site for your business or brand. Don’t take their word for it, ask to see previous project examples to confirm the level of talent being offered.

    If you are considering working with a company’s content writer don’t hesitate to ask for examples of their work as well. A company should be able to provide examples of high-quality created content for a diverse range of industries and clientele.

  2. Do you outsource any of the development work or is all of the development completed in-house?

    It is important to know if there is an entire team working in-house because it will make them more accessible to you. Many people in the web design industry outsource their work to cheaper alternatives overseas, but at CTS we find that working collaboratively in-house leads to the best high-quality web design solutions for our customers. If outsourcing is done, be sure to ask for the credentials of those contractors who will be working on your website.

  3. What is your web design/site build process?

    If your potential web design company can talk you through a design/site build process in detail or provide documentation outlining their process, then it is likely they are an experienced vendor. If they are unable to do this, they are likely a newbie designer and you should avoid being a test case for their unproven skills.

  4. How long will it take to complete my web design?

    This depends on the scope of work required and how quickly you can provide the content required, but you should still ask what the company’s average turnaround time is for most projects. A web design company should be able to give you an estimate for your specific project. Also, be sure to ask what recourse you have if they don’t meet their target date!

  5. What platforms do you use to build your website?

    When building a brand-new website, it is important that you are on a platform that performs well for your needs. As yourself what the goals you want to achieve with the website and make sure the company can assure the platform your site will be built is compatible with these goals.

    For instance, if you are interested in SEO we would recommend staying away from platforms like Wix and Squarespace as they strip away valuable content search engines utilize to rank your website. Check also to see if the platform offers a Content Management System (CMS). Having a platform with CMS allows you the tools to help you self-manage website pages without the knowledge of website coding. For the best of both worlds, we recommend WordPress which is what roughly 30% of all websites are built on currently.

Don’t be afraid to ask these questions! A web design company should be thrilled to give you answers so that all questions and expectations are covered before a project begins. The partnership between web designers and clients should be as transparent as possible. We look forward to continuing to offer the best guidance through your website development project.

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