Don’t charge me bro!

dboyWeb Development

Here’s a typical conversation with a potential client, right about the time they decide to take that bold first step (which is to choose DK Design as a potential vendor for web development and to request a proposal).

Client"You're a cool dude Dan, I think we can work together... send me a proposal!"
Me"Awesome! I'll get that right over to you!"
Client"Yeah yeah yeah... listen bro...listen... don't charge me a lot, alright?"

It’s a valid concern, since no one likes to spend more money than they have to. However, a typical mistake arises out of this concern, and that mistake is to go with a larger company for the goods and services that you really should get from your local developer.

I don’t mean to pick on GoDaddy… I have a GoDaddy account! They provide really cheap and easy domain, hosting and SSL services. But things can get expensive when you try to use them for building and maintaining a website. GoDaddy does indeed provide those services, but not at a reasonable price for the little guy, meaning the small to medium businesses that typically operate here in Hawaii.

Let’s take a typical example of the two most common services I provide: Building websites, and Maintaining websites:


Compare Prices – Building A Website

GoDaddy

$2500

Starting
  • Security software not included
  • No extra hardening to .htaccess or wp-config level
  • SEO not included
  • PRICE STARTS AT $5,000 for Ecommerce

DK Design

$1000

Starting
  • Includes WordFence Security (free version)
  • Security hardening at the .htaccess and wp-config level
  • Includes basic SEO
  • Price starts at $1500 for Ecommerce

Compare Prices – Monthly Maintenance with GoDaddy

Wait a second… GoDaddy does not even provide maintenance plans! You need to build one by combining some of their services:

Core Updates

$99 x 4

Required Weekly

Critical Patches

$99

Per instance

Site Scrub

$200

Per Instance

Total Cost

$400

MINIMUM

Here’s what the table says:
A monthly maintenance plan that included 4 Core Updates per month (the minimum I recommend) would cost you $400. If your site required any emergency work like a site scrub or a critical patch, you would need to ADD those instances to your existing monthly cost of $400.


Compare Prices – Monthly Maintenance with DK Design

based on the Pro Plan

Core Updates

$99

Performed weekly

Critical Patches

Free

Performed ASAP

Site Scrub

Free

Performed ASAP

Total Cost

$99

Per Month

Here’s what the table says:
I will provide weekly updates to your core software and plugins on a weekly basis. FOR CRITICAL PATCHES, I’ll update your site right away, rather than waiting for the weekly maintenance routine to come around. FOR COMPROMISES: removal of all corrupted files and code is performed free.

Let’s talk story! I’ve done my best to make it clear that you get more value when you choose DK Design for web services. I am happy to talk with you in more detail about these comparisons and how they might apply to you and your project. Please contact me today to get started!