I am a business information scientist and a trained Eurex exchange trader. At the beginning of my teaching career, I offered seminars and workshops on futures trading (options and futures) for private individuals. The domain name "privataktionaer.com" emerged from this time. Over the years, my field of activity has changed towards web design and IT seminars. Since I was already known under the domain name, I kept this name.
A simple individual website can already be realised for a few 100 €, while highly specialised B2B shop systems can easily require up to a 6-digit euro range. So how do you know what cost range your project idea is in? Well. there are a few general types of websites that I can only briefly touch on here. In ascending order, you will also see the complexity of the requirements and cost range for each type.
Blog: With a blog, you regularly publish new articles on your topic. Your subscribers are informed on request when a publication is made. WordPress is a blog system by design and allows for easy implementation
Your private themed website: You have no commercial interest and just want to create a manageable overview, for example, of a few pictures you have painted or a few poems you have written. Here too, WordPress has many advantages due to its ease of learning
Business website: Professional appearance is absolutely essential here, because the business website will be the first point of contact with your company for many of your business partners. Visitors are potential customers and must be convinced of your performance and competence. The advantage of WordPess here is its modular expandability. This means that even more demanding requirements can be implemented with manageable effort.
Webshop: You want to sell your services online? The right choice of shop platform is crucial here, because not all shop architectures always meet the necessary criteria. In addition to the basic functions (payment methods, shipping options, etc.), a legally compliant appearance is indispensable. WordPress offers the possibility to create extremely different shops with WooCommerce. But also the Canadian service provider Shopify. Offers an excellent solution for the implementation of simple to highly complex online shops.
Complexity: medium to high
Member or subscription pages: There are several options here: For example, starting with a simple password access. In the next version, each visitor has his or her own login area. Things get complicated when registered users have to pay for exclusive content (e.g. video courses) or membership. This can be a one-time payment or a subscription model.
Complexity: medium to high
Web application: These are websites such as flight booking portals, customer comparison portals, reservation systems for public resources or similar. Web applications usually require a lot of analysis and programming. You think that sounds expensive, well - it is!
Complexity: very high
A generally valid statement is not possible here, but with the list I have shown you above, you can already estimate where your project journey is going.
Shopify is more transparent here than WordPress. The costs are manageable and can be allocated well. You will hardly have to pay more than 50€ per month. Shopify can increase in price somewhat. This usually depends on the number of products and the apps used, which can significantly increase the range of functions. As a rule, the prices here range between €30 and €300 per month. It is much quicker to get started and there are already good solutions for many typical shop requirements. But Shopify also requires a fair amount of expert knowledge for professional use.
If you want to work with a CMS like WordPress, you can start with a cheap hosting and a domain for about 5€ per month. Professional and powerful server environments can cost up to 1000€ and more. In between, everything is possible. From development to the use of paid plugins, the sky is the limit. Because WordPress offers a lot of customisation possibilities compared to Shopify. Especially with WordPress, it will be worthwhile to learn a good basic knowledge, e.g. in a seminar, provided you are interested in the topic anyway. An internet agency will take up and implement your project requirements according to your wishes. Depending on the scope of the project, the costs can range from €1500 to a six-figure sum.
The same applies to the creation of a web application. Since there are no standard solutions for this, a project can easily run into the six-figure range. Specialised knowledge is the be-all and end-all here.
A cost and time factor that should not be underestimated is in any case the effort required to create texts, graphics, logos, icons, photos, etc. for the website or your shop products.
I have long-standing contacts with very good WordPress programmers, graphic designers, logo designers, video producers and online marketing specialists. That's why it's possible for me to handle even extensive projects.
Usually, in an initial discussion, I record the requirements and scope of functions for your project and prepare your quotation on this basis. When the order is placed, a 30% deposit on the total project sum is then required. For larger projects, I agree fixed acceptance dates for defined project sections with you in advance, which are then invoiced after joint acceptance. Upon completion of the project, the entire remaining sum is due. In all other respects, of course, my General Terms and Conditionsapply.
The daily rate of an online seminar for beginners can be well under 1000€, while an individual expert seminar for 10 participants can cost several 1000€. Why is that? First of all, it depends on which seminar format is chosen, e.g. online, face-to-face or individual training. From my point of view, besides the format, the subject matter is also crucial for success and most likely this success will vary from person to person. While online seminars do not involve travel and accommodation costs, the maximum number of participants tends to be less than 5. Face-to-face seminars require either the participants or the instructor to travel to the venue, but can be conducted with a maximum of 10 participants. Individual training can be conducted both online and in person, but depending on the topic, presence may be necessary because certain parameters can only be discussed on site. In general, online training is more tiring and faster than face-to-face training, as the area of attention is always reduced to the size of the screen.
External agencies and web designers have advantages, but there are also good reasons for managing and developing a website on your own.
The following points speak in favour of an agency creating your website:
Sufficient manpower in the agency
an agency usually has many years of experience
a tried and tested approach to project management
and also contact persons at software houses
Would you prefer to do the web designyourself?There are good reasons for this too.
e.g. your good knowledge of the industry or
your excellent product and product range knowledge for webshops.