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My First Paid Website

Hello everyone, I sincerely appreciate your time and attention. I posted this message here because I’m impressed with the talent and knowledge many of you have. I recently quit my job and decided that I was going to start making some money on my own. So a few weeks ago, a friend of mine told a person he met that I could build a web site for his business. And I did SacramentoMillworks ; I only charged him $500 for this web site. I did a logo, a business card, I even bought the pictures from Dreamstime, SEO, and I also did the flash animation header. How much would you have charged for a web site like this and can you offer me any advice on the design, layout, colors, et cetera? Thanks in advance to all of you who will reply. My hat’s off to you!
Edited: 07/04/2009, 17:57:44 PM
The web page is very well designed. I would make the pictures click able into a

larger photo as it is hard to see the detail of the photo. I would also make the contact us page a little more professional and maybe make it with a parchment or wood color background. To keep with the theme.

A five hundred dollar price is a good price. I would have probably charge around 7 hundred or so.

Well done. Best of luck to you.
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Posted: 07/04/2009, 13:34:42 PM
The web site actually looks pretty decent. I agree with doninny in that the small pictures should be clickable to larger images so that people can see the detail work. I would have charged a little more. we charge about a 1000 for a good web site design. depending on what they want on the site. I charge $300 for a simple logo, and $150 for business card layout and design.

I know you are just getting into this, but don't sell your self short. Skill and tallent are of value to businesses any you definitly have some. Just remember to be profesional, and have good customer support and feedback.

hope that helps. Have an awesome day!

Posted: 07/04/2009, 16:59:49 PM
Thanks Doninny & Sarah for your feedback. I thought about making those pictures clickable. I will definitely do it in future projects.

How much would you guys charge per hour?

If you guys ever have a question about the Spanish language let me know. Perhaps I could return the favor in the near future. By the way, Sarah, do you have anything to do with TorchDesigns.com?
Edited: 07/05/2009, 16:46:31 PM
You are more then welcome. Basically we try to find out what the local graphic companies are charging and stay competitive with them. Depending on what design is needed and how much work it will be, it can go from $50 to $80 and hour. That sounds like a lot, but you have to figure there is a lot of work that is done before you ever start designing. Like the meetings are free, time spent reserching, and so forth. All of that can ad up.

Oh, and to answer your question. I designed www.torchdesigns.com It is our company web site. Thanks for checking it out. :-)

Have an awesome day!

Posted: 07/05/2009, 20:53:39 PM
Very nice website design. I agree also on not selling yourself short. I would have charged $700-800 dollars minumum especially with the logo and business card design. But, it's a decent price to get your name out there and get more business. Also, I would also suggest that you have a contract with specific terms regarding changes to the site and monthly and/or annual charges if you are maintaining or hosting their site.

I agree on the clickable pictures. A javascript that I like to use is lightbox for galleries and individual pictures. You can search for lightbox.js online. You can also create your own using Adobe Flash or other programs.

Best of luck with your business,


Torchdesigns - I agree with Esaumd, you have a very nice site. Well designed.
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Edited: 07/10/2009, 03:04:29 AM
congrats, looks good.
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Posted: 07/15/2009, 21:31:13 PM
Looks great! I wouldn't have paid anything though, I would've done it myself. :)

(Of course, not as good as what you have done)
Posted: 08/15/2009, 17:15:19 PM