Nowdays it is a common thing for any website to be incorporated by a database functionality to provide added value to the visitor’s experience on the site, and to increase the efficiency of in-house operations.
If you decide to use a database(s) that can easily be updated, maintained, or accessed over the web, of course your operational costs will escalate as a result of adding database functionality to your site. Database development may include the following: clearinghouse of all electronic media (newsletters, press releases, job listings, etc.); contact information for clients and vendors; product listings; photo galleries; etc.
The use of a database in combination with necessary programming that will allows your site to become “data-driven” will only further enhance the functionality of your online project by providing a means to maintain your site without prior knowledge of HTML programming or HTML editors.
Here are some average costs incorporating database elements/data-driven functionality into a Website:
- Jobs listings – $1,500 to $2,500
- Press Releases – $1,500 to $4,500
- Corporate Rolodex – $1,000 and up
- Corporate Calendar – $1,000 and up
- Advocacy/Action Center (Congressional Lobbying) – $2,500 to $10,000
- Shopping Cart/email processing – $3,000
- Real-time Credit Card Processing – $3,000
Enterprise systems that coordinate activities of wide-spread offices may run more in the $50,000 to $100,000 range. Too much you may say but that is how it cost.
Website Interactive Features
As the site owner you might want to know more about what your audience thinks, where it comes from, what it does, and how many time does it spend on different web-pages of your site. Of course you may gather some from statistical programs on your site’s server, but you might want to add specific personal information from them as well. Some CMS (content management systems) may provide data about your users such as e-mails, ip adresses and so on but a basic form that would collect an e-mail address, a request or a comment, and a brief profile might cost as little as $100 to develop, while a more extensive set of forms with questions and differentiation that ties into a corporate database might run into the thousands. Mortgage calculators, phrase translators, on-line calendars, protein parameters translators, etc. are just a few of the thousands of tools that can make life easier. If your site has an audience that will be well served by some of such tools, you might consider adding it so that people will come and come back.
If you decise to advertise through different platforms there may be promo tools to be implemented into site code to count users, clicks, views or captcha some specific actions.
Adding an on-line tool should be targeted. You have to understand that some tools are available free but their main disadvantage is that these tools are often not customizable.
The custom developing assure you that you will have the exact tool you need with the exact outlook and functionality. That what make custom development two feet higher then ordering or buying modules.
Semi-custom tools are often available through your design studio. The tools may have been prepared for one client and are now in a library, easily customized for others. Prices for such tools start in the $500 to $2,000 range, and may include installation costs.
Compare 30$ and 500$ tool is an easy job but they differ in many ways so it is better to pay for smth that fit your needs at once instead of upgrading the basic elements and hoping they will work correctly.
Multimedia Design: Selection and Usage
Basic html5 animation, which can be done for anywhere from $250 a page up to $10,000 for a medium site.
There you should remember one rule, if it’s only funny once, don’t make people view it every time they enter the source.
I will keep you up-to-date in the next article, there we will speak about content, hosting and SEO.
written by Helen Solomia Hlyzina
all rights reserved, 05/10/2012