I could really do with some advice regarding a project my company should (hopefully!) be starting soon.
The client is a relatively large business, and the project involves over the course of 12 months redeveloping about 24 websites, made up of restaurants, event venues, and cafes.
In an attempt to make this project easier and more cost-effective we suggested to the client we set up a base set of web components (forms, navbars, footers e.g.) and put together 3 templates (restaurant theme, event venue theme, cafe theme), with a layer of branding CSS to help the individual arms of the business retain some branding differentiation.
As a result of this component idea I suggested to my MD we look at using a decoupled CMS-Frontend architecture, taking advantage of Nuxt.js (my new favourite toy!) and it's component-based methodology for the frontend, and using WordPress as the CMS. With this framework we would be looking at creating a custom set of components, 3 WordPress themes, and 3 front-end Nuxt.js templates for the corresponding themes.
Other than some difficulty finding appropriate UK hosting for our needs this was looking like a good solution, however my MD has told me that he was going to quote the client £10k for the templating project because he doesn't feel the client would be happy paying anymore. I responded by saying really that's not enough for the type of architecture we have been talking about.
The question I have is; am I wrong to say £10k is not enough for this project?
My experience tells me that £10k is fine if we remove the front-end framework from the equation. As keen as I am to do this project in the way I've described above the number in my head was more along the lines of £20k. Am I way out on this one?
I am relatively new to the business of web design but I have built up a good portfolio as a freelancer over the last 18 months specialising in Wordpress built websites.
I have my own pricing system that I am happy with, (although I probably have tendency to under charge) However most of the sites I build are no bigger than 15 pages and haven't involved anything too complicated.
I have the possibility of getting a very good commission for a company that has a very large website that can reach up to 40 pages depending on the content. I will of course be reviewing the layout of the site to minimise the number of pages, and they have some more advanced plugin's to help run the company that aren't at the moment not incorporated into the site but linked to externally which needs to be changed.
So my question is... for such a large site that will take a long time to finish once the content is reviewed, a new design is finished and then build of site is complete, so what would be the best practice for pricing and contracts? There may also be some re-branding work done in the initial stages such as reviewing the Logo.
I think the website could take up to 6 months to build (but it is a pretty rough estimate) as I wouldn't exclusively be working on it 5 days a week. (The days I am not working on the site I am actually working for the company doing unrelated work)
I just wondered if anyone had any tips on pricing larger jobs, estimating time frames and discussing contracts for bigger jobs with the client.