One of the most problematic aspects of getting your web design project started is getting the best price guote from a web developer. For any given design requirements, prices can range differently form one developer to another. Your best bet is to have at least three quotes that can allow an apple-to-apple comparison. Here’s some tips provided by Webbhotell by WebRec (blog).
• First make sure you have defined all the elements that would go into the web page. Things like how graphic intensive it will be, the text content, its database, payment processing, shopping cart and shipping requirements as well as any link-up to existing systems you have in the office, like accounting, billing or customer service systems. Don’t forget to include the on-going maintenance aspect.
• Once that is done, decide if you want this done by a freelance developer, an online design firm or your traditional creative firm. Stick to one so you can compare intelligently. A quote of a freelancer will always be the cheapest so it’s not fair to compare that with one from your advertising agency.
• Don’t get the cheapest quote, go midway.
• Check their portfolio! No designers will ever do a better job then their portfolia, their you have their style the best they can do.