- Oct 29, 2010
R10k for a 5-page site, that's 2K per page, still not too expensive if you think about it. This all depends if they really know what they are doing and following the right design process and have experience in UX and user strategies. We've dealt with companies that charge R50k - 100k for a simple online store built with Elementor. These sites are perfectly optimized and running smoothly.
It's really hard to put a price on a website not knowing what the customer wants or what their problem is.
R2k per page is not that bad considering that you are building the page at least 3 times:
1. Wireframe + UX
A lot of high-end design agencies switch to Elementor since they can basically edit every single element of a website. We do add some custom CSS here and there but it's still way more efficient than coding something from scratch.
This said, if they buy a template for R1000 - 2000 and edit it that would not be worth R10k, Elementor sites are still way more custom if you follow the correct design process but everyone has their different opinions.
I have tremendous experience in this area. Agencies use Elementor because they have no other choice. They can't find competent developers or can't afford them.
Web development is one of the hardest things on the planet to hire for, because degrees don't correlate to skills, experience doesn't correlate to skills and it's difficult for non-developers to know what they're looking for. Hence why it takes bad experiences for agencies and clients to start to get an idea of what they want from a web developer. All the people I work with have been burned - every single one. Web development is a horror show.
There is no such thing as a pixel-perfect, perfectly optimised Elementor website. It doesn't exist, has never existed and never will exist. You will not find a professional web designer who doesn't have to accommodate the limitations of Elementor if that's what they know is on the cards. It does not enable design freedom because the designer must accommodate the abilities of the builder and the available plugins. Most importantly, Elementor and similar builders are such a heavy layer of abstraction between the developer and the codebase that you are forever beholden to the stability, security and compatibility of plugin updates.
As you should know, the latest Elementor update has wrecked sites left, right and centre due to a change to their DOM output. This is not professional service. This is a joke. Elementor and Beaver Builder are great for DIYers who make themselves an alright looking website. Full respect to anyone who does. But if you're being paid as a pro to develop sites, I feel strongly that it is disgraceful to not have genuine skill in this area.
My entire business, in a nutshell, involves approaching marketing firms, SEOs, web hosts and other relevant agencies to offer them the option of outsourcing their web development, web hosting and website maintenence to competent professionals. Leaving them free to focus on their core competencies and not be brought down by the backend of each project.
Guess how many have been interested? Literally every one I have ever approached. And also those I've just casually spoken to. My only limitation is development and design capacity, which I'm slowly increasing (the supreme difficulty of hiring good web developers comes in again here).
These firms are not okay with their janky quality. It's embarrassing. It frequently causes issues with custom requirements. They don't understand why their devs need so many plugins. Why clients struggle to maintain websites. Why the final site doesn't look exactly like the provided web designs. Why they're being told it can't load faster than 2.5+ seconds. And so on. It lets the whole team down. Once they get a presentation of what proper development, hosting and maintenance looks like, they're in. And it actually costs them less rather than more, because they pay the same or less for development and get a cut of monthly revenue.
My entire career is cleaning up the destruction left by non-developer developers. So for that I love them, but I have zero respect for them and won't yield an inch about their merits from a client perspective.