What is the average cost of a project?
The range of WordPress site implementation that I have worked on run from $4000-$10000 depending on the requirements and complexity of the project in terms of total cost for a brand new site. However, the majority of my projects are conducted on an hourly basis for actual time spent, as this gives the client the more flexibility in project scope and does not require a lot of up front time defining and agreeing on the details of the implementation. To keep development costs down, I try to utilize existing themes, frameworks, plugins, and libraries when appropriate so we’re not re-inventing the wheel.
For a more in-depth discussion on cost, please see Brian Krogsgard’s excellent article: “How much should a custom WordPress website cost?“.
What is your hourly rate?
My hourly rate starts at $90. I use time-tracking software to keep accurate records of my time and only bill for actual time spent down to 15 minute intervals. I invoice twice a month on the 1st and 15th when there is a balance to be paid.
How soon are you available?
Generally speaking, I tend to be booked for about three weeks out at any given time. If the timeline is loose, I can sometimes work a new project into my schedule more quickly. So, if you’ve got a big project with a tight deadline, its much better to contact me sooner than later so we can plan and I can get you on my schedule.
Do you offer formal bids and proposals?
If you require a formal bid or proposal for your project, I can work with you to create one. However, due to the time required to put these together I have to charge a small fixed fee for the work. I am also happy to provide general level of effort estimates for clearly defined tasks. There is no charge for this.
How do you handle communications and project management?
I prefer to work through the excellent project management application Basecamp for most project related discussions, files, and events. Having everything in a secure centralized location ensures that things run smoothly and tasks and communications do not end up buried in the inbox.
Do you offer design services?
I categorize myself more as a developer with an eye for good UI and design than a designer/illustrator who does some development. If your design needs are fairly straight-forward such as graphic and image production, I can probably help with those. However, if you need a new logo or look and feel for your site, I prefer to recommend one of the several talented designers that I work with.