The first thing you have to consider is what platform is being used Drupal Word press Joomla HTML Hardcoded or Flash.
The most cost effect platform to build a website with is CMS (content management system) like Drupal Word press and Joomla. The initial cost of developing a website in CMS could be low or high depending on the needs of the client and what is expected from the website.
However, unlike Flash websites and HTML hard-coded website CMS websites allow the client to update any content or images on their website and, all without incurring the extra cost of paying a web designer every time you wish to update the website content.
There is also functionality on how user friendly is the back-end of the website where all of the content management takes place. What features are available to the client to help manage content, images comments and spam?
Last but most important SEO (Search Engine Optimization) will your website have an xml sitemap that is automatically submitted to the various search engines on a weekly routine. Will your website have page title capabilities and a Meta description platform, and will your website be set up with Google Analytics so that you can monitor just how much traffic you are attracting to your website. Will the text that you are using be keyword optimised for search engines and will the website be listed with major search engine directories.
Will your website be geared to take advantage of social networking like Facebook and twitter?
Will the code used to build your website comply with and pass the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards.
If you have said yes to all the above then you still have to ask yourself how long has this company been in business and will they be around next year should you require an upgrade or support moving forward?
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