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August 25, 2005

Pricing I

OK, after some discussion in the background, we are currently planning to develop using Movable Type and WordPress only. Other formats can be introduced to the project at a later date, but we need to get some packages and prices finalised before MPs come back from their break.

Movable Type's complicated licence fees, erm, complicate matters somewhat. If we wanted to run every single weblog from a central server, the matter would be greatly simplified... but we don't want to do that. Our team holds a commercial licence which means we can - in the short term - roll out multiple weblogs with a nominal licence fee, but other teams that don't have such a licence will need to develop in WordPress or attach a one-off fee for a suitable MT licence (I would imagine 'personal' would be most suitable). Not a big deal; it just needs to be kept in mind.

Offers of (and pointers to) suitable hosting range from 10-20 pounds per annum. Early on with Tom Watson's site we used a dirt-cheap host and suffered from all sorts of support shortfalls, so I think it's reasonable that we set this to 20 pounds per annum for now.

Domains ( or are to be priced at 10 pounds.

What we need to do now is discuss (privately via email) how low we can go on prices for:

- Installation and set-up (new website, existing website or the move of an existing website to a new server)
- Design from scratch
- Coding from scratch
- Design for integration into existing website
- Coding for integration into existing website
- Education and training
- Support

1. Have I missed anything?

2. Our team is planning on using templates up to a point - but I think it's important that we avoid a cookie-cutter solution to individual design. Integration is groovy, but same-ness sucks.

You know the address... use it.


Cheers all.

Posted by timireland on August 25, 2005 5:48 PM in the category Designers and Providers


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