How much to charge for web maintenance in South Africa?
Maintaining your website is important, but the cost to maintain your website can vary wildly. Before you start working with the developer who is going to be building your website you should find out what they are going to charge you for website maintenance in South Africa. The developer could charge you in many different ways but the most common are:
- Fixed cost
- Hourly rate
When it comes to fixed cost, you should find out exactly what is included in the maintenance of your site. You don’t want any nasty surprises a few months down the road. If the developer is going to charge you an hourly rate, find out if they have a minimum number of hours. Some companies will state that they charge X amount per hour but they have a minimum of 2 hours. When it comes to the amount that they will charge you per hour, if your website has been made on WordPress a good designer could charge between R300 – R900 per hour, while if it’s written with Ruby they could charge up to R2000 per hour.
If they are going to charge you a fixed cost there are many factors that could affect the price including:
- The code your website is written in
- The complexity of your website
- The size of the development agency
- The sensitivity of your website’s downtime
Whichever way your developer charges for maintenance, make sure that you completely understand the cost before you start building your website and make sure that you are comfortable with paying their fee, changing developers can also be an expensive task as the new developer will need to familiarise themselves with your business, your website, and the code of your website.
You can read more about choosing a web partner here.