Estimation is necessary if we want to justify or evaluate the costs of our web development project. This applies if we want to develop a simple website or a comprehensive web-based application. Website is essentially a group of webpages with both static and dynamic content. Web application is any software that can work on web browsers and they are embedded in websites. Web development projects could cover both tasks using various methods, from simple HTML implementations to more complex ones, such as PHP, ASP and JSP. There are different kinds of online presence, but we should make sure that we can have a more elegant one.
By understanding how we should create our online presence, it should be easier for us to evaluate the overall development costs. In this case, we should be able to design custom layouts and translate them into actual HTML pages. Depending on our project scope, the overall cost could range between $200 and $200,000. Obviously, it is likely that small businesses will choose low-end solutions and in this case, they should be able to choose professionally-made templates. Although many are available for free, we could also choose commercial ones and they could be available for less than $50.
Web development costs could also be consisted of the number of webpages. This could range from $10 to $50 for each page. However, there could be a separate cost for the structure of the website, which takes longer to build. In this case, we should have a good estimation on the cost of our website. The task could become more difficult if we need to involve some amount of programming on our website. As an example, pages may require some amount of data that is taken from the back-end website. The programming complexity may depend on the size of our database and the number of dependencies.
On more complex web applications and bigger websites, there could be many features that contribute to the overall costs. In this case, we should consider whether it is necessary to create static HTML webpages that have no relation with database. In this case, static webpages could be consisted of only images and texts. The overall costs could depend on how many pages we have on the website. If there are custom designs, we may also add this cost. We should also consider data driven and dynamic pages, as well as estimating the overall database size. Applications could also be split into multiple components.
Overall, creating a database is still a more affordable solution, especially if we need to deal with many customers. It won’t be efficient if we need to transfer customer data to our local computers and process them manually. A good online database solution should be able to do tasks like in our local computers. The core database costs could depend on how its overall capacity and capability. The database could have simple search feature or more complex capability; this will also affect the overall costs. Search results could depend on database sorting and filtering capability.